UKHospitality warns against unnecessary airside legislation
01 February 2019
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has responded to the Government’s consultation on airside licensing warning against the introduction of additional bureaucracy.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The vast majority of people enjoy a drink at the airport responsibly and are well behaved. To introduce the Licensing Act airside to tackle a tiny minority of trouble makers is massively disproportionate. The Act covers a huge array of measures relating to licensing, not just restrictions to opening hours. Introducing the Act would throw up a significant array of complications that were previously not issues.
“Airlines already have the power to refuse to admit drunk passengers and they should be exercising those powers. Additional legislation to deal with a minor issue is going to be unwieldy, will harm responsible businesses and may not even deal with the issue of anti-social behaviour.
“UKHospitality works closely with airports and its members, many of whom have venues airside. We promote partnership working between venues and airports and encourage sharing of best practice to tackle any problems that may arise. This is a much better way of dealing with the small minority of problem passengers, not unnecessary legislation.”
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.