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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality was originally founded in November 2018, as a rebrand of the previous APPG for the Visitor Economy. Following the 2019 General Election, the APPG for Hospitality and Tourism was created following the merger between the APPGs for Hospitality and Tourism.
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Coasts and Waters
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism has launched an inquiry into ‘Coasts and Waters.’ The UK’s coastline plays a vital role in the economy, history and culture of our country, while our lakeside regions provide popular tourism hotspots, areas of natural beauty and employment for thousands of people countrywide. This inquiry will take a holistic look at both coastal and lakeside regions, as well as canals and waterways. The aim to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to examine the challenges and opportunities that face businesses, workers and local communities in these areas.
The timing is crucial; tourism is highly seasonal, and its wider ecosystem depends on having significant numbers of people visiting. Local businesses such as pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions, shops, gardens and many other businesses depend on domestic and inbound tourism to stay afloat. COVID-19 has ravaged the sector this year, with a protracted recovery period a certainty. While most hospitality businesses can open from 4 July, many will be doing so sub-economically.
It is imperative that the needs of businesses in these areas are considered, particularly given the socioeconomic challenges that are often present in such locations. Coastal and lakeside tourism can be a major source of growth and jobs, especially for the young. It is important that a long-term vision is provided to enable tourism and hospitality businesses to grow, but to do so in a sustainable manner that protects the interests of local communities.
The APPG inquiry will begin to gather evidence from stakeholders in early July, hosting two roundtable sessions. The sessions will see presentations from relevant speakers and give MPs the opportunity to put forward relevant questions. The APPG aims to publish its report in early September, giving the group the opportunity to observe the impact that COVID-19 has had on businesses within the regions as they look to reopen.
Inquiry Terms of Reference