APPG for the Visitor Economy

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy is to launch an inquiry into the impact of the digital economy.

The inquiry which will start in October after summer recess will take expert evidence on the impact of digital economy on the industry with a focus on the sharing economy, online reviews sites and online travel agents.

The group will also be finalising its inquiry into economic deprivation in coastal communities which has so far taken evidence from Blackpool Council, Cornwall Council, National Coastal Tourism Academy, Butlin’s, the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT and a number of SMEs.

Last night the APPG held its annual general meeting in Westminster (19 July). Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, was elected chair along with vice-chairs, Scott Mann MP, Albert Owen MP, Jim Shannon MP and Caroline Lucas MP.

Steve Double MP, Newly elected chair of the APPG said: “Hospitality and tourism is the fourth largest industry in the UK employing 4.6 million people. The APPG provides an opportunity for MPs from all parties to debate and discuss the key issues affecting businesses and tourists across the UK. The APPG has already launched a successful report into apprenticeships and skills and following our coastal community inquiry we will be making representations to government. The group will continue to monitor the impact of Brexit and we look forward to hearing from industry experts on the digital economy.”

Other MPs in attendance included Matt Warman MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Peter Aldous MP and John Penrose MP.

The British Hospitality Association acts as the secretariat to the group.

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