Euro 2021 will provide welcome boost to hospitality
03 December 2018
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has welcomed the news that England has won the right to host the UEFA 2021 Women’s European Championship.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Major international events like the 2021 Euros will give our hospitality venues a boost, particularly hotels in and around the host cities. The Euros will allow us to showcase England’s world class hospitality and ability to host major events, which we know provide a boost to the wider economy, as well as giving domestic fans an opportunity to cheer on the England team.
“It should also provide a measure of positivity and stability enabling venues to plan investment around the tournament and the expected influx of fans. The Government can capitalise on the tournament by using its national powers to deregulate licensing permissions during the tournament.
“This will come at a critical time post-Brexit when we need to be encouraging more inward investment. As the Lionesses breeze through the group stage, conquer the knockouts and, ultimately, bring football home, we can secure the UK’s competitiveness as a major event venue and world leader in hospitality.”
Notes to editors
- UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
- UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people
- The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
- For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
- Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
- The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £38bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
- Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
· Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined
· Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners.