The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy (APPG) aims to enhance the local economy by promoting measures and incentives, including a reduction of VAT on tourism, which would increase visitor numbers and investment in all parts of Britain and Northern Ireland.
Chair: Steve Double MP (Conservative)
Vice-Chairs: Albert Owen MP (Labour), Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP), Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Jim Shannon MP (DUP), Scott Mann (Conservative)
In the last parliament the APPG held two inquiries.
The first inquiry launched by the APPG looked into apprenticeships and skills in the hospitality and tourism industry. The APPG heard evidence from the then skills minister Nick Boles and the report was launched in November 2016.
Key findings from the Report include:
- Detail on industry-led activities to promote skills development and investment
- Key challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the context of Government plans (including the Apprenticeship Levy)
- The promotion of the industry as an attractive, skilled career path
- The issues unique to the industry e.g. seasonality and language ability
- How the Government can work with the industry to support investment in skills
The APPG also launched an inquiry into coastal communities which is ongoing. The reconstituted group will pick this up in due course.
On the 16th November 2017 the APPG published the Report on the Inquiry into Coastal Communities. The report can be found here.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy is co-chaired by Margaret Ritchie and Steve Double MP. The Oral Evidence Session provided an opportunity for APPG members to question three leading organisations on issues facing the hospitality industry including; recruiting skilled employees, how to change the negative perception of the sector, skills development and the impact of the forthcoming Apprenticeship levy.
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 19 July 2017
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 28 February 2017
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 17 January 2017
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 29 November 2016
Read the summary of Apprenticeship Report Launch - 23 November 2016
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 31 October 2016
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 13 September 2016
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 22 March 2016
Read the minutes from Oral Evidence Session - 27 January 2016
Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 22 October 2015
Read the minutes from the AGM (PDF) - 7 July 2015
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