BHA News

BHA respond to the Prime Ministers speech in Florence

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “KPMG research, commissioned by the BHA, shows that the hospitality industry, the UK’s fourth largest, is highly reliant on EU workers, with shortfalls of up 1 million workers predicted after 10 years if EU migration was to be… Read more »

BHA responds to Uber ban

Responding to the announcement that Transport for London has refused to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said:  “London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan hit the nail on the head when he said:  “all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high… Read more »

Inbound tourism numbers remain positive

Data from the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Travel Monitor has shown that while total passengers numbers have increased 6% year on year for the month of July, inbound tourism has seen a slowdown in growth from the 13% increase in the first four months of 2017. The BHA’s Travel Monitor showed continued, albeit slower growth,… Read more »

Tourism coalition responds to Scottish Government announcement on Barclay Review recommendations

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) welcome Finance Minister, Derek Mackay’s response to the Barclay Review and are hugely encouraged by his recommendations for the forthcoming draft budget outlined in Parliament today. The coalition has campaigned heavily for a review of the business rates… Read more »

BHA Response to leaked immigration proposals

Today a leaked document from the Home Office, revealed draft plans to end freedom of movement immediately after Brexit and offer low-skilled EU migrants two-year work permits, with high-skilled workers receiving visas for three to five years. Commenting on the leaked plans, Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “If these… Read more »

BHA comments on FDF ‘Breaking the chain’ report

Commenting on the Food and Drink Federation ‘Breaking the chain’ workforce report, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The findings of this survey strengthen those of our KPMG report published in March which highlighted that Britain’s hospitality industry could face staffing shortfalls of up to 60,000 people per year after Brexit…. Read more »

BHA responds to the Report of the Barclay Review of Business Rates

Speaking about the publication of the Barclay Review of Business Rates, Willie MacLeod, BHA Executive Director Scotland, said: “We welcome that the Barclay Review recognises the current Business Rates system does not work for the hospitality industry which saw unsustainably large increases at the 2017 revaluation of up to 400%. Our industry is typified by… Read more »

Inbound visitor numbers bounce back

Data from the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Travel Monitor has shown inbound passengers in June returned to growth increasing 7.4% year-on-year, a significant improvement on the 2% decrease year-on-year for May. However this growth is still below the 13% growth seen in the first four months of 2017. The BHA’s Travel Monitor showed continued growth… Read more »

BHA responds to the warehouse fire in Blochairn Fruit Market in Glasgow

Willie Macleod, Scottish Executive Director of the British Hospitality Association, said: “Any disruption to supplies of fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, fish – and flowers) will have an impact on hospitality businesses and caterers, as well as retailers – many of whom rely on daily deliveries. Although the impact of this serious fire may not be… Read more »