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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism

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 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.

If you wish to respond to our Coasts and Waters consultation, please respond to the relevant questions below and send your submissions in to Richard Clifford at rclifford@ukhospitality.org.uk. The deadline for submissions to this consultation will be Wednesday 19th August at 5:00pm.

Consultation Questions

The response that you submit to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism will be used to inform the groups report, due for publication in late September 2020. By responding to the consultation, you will provide the group with important information which will ultimately help members make recommendations to Government. All respondents to the consultation will have the name of their business/organisation included in the annex of the report.

Consultation Questions

Please respond to whichever questions you feel are relevant to your business/organisation. Please also identify your organisation and whether you operate in a coastal or lakeside location.

  1. What, if any, distinct concerns do costal or lakeside businesses have from other hospitality businesses?
  2. How can demand be stimulated for coastal and lakeside tourism? What do a) businesses b) DMOs c) Local Authorities D) National Governments need to do to help support tourism in these areas?
  3. What support can be afforded to coastal and lakeside commerce and economies to optimise their capacity to drive much needed economic growth, employment and prosperity? 
  4. What structural issues are faced by coastal and lakeside communities that inhibit the growth of tourism.
  5. Is there sufficient infrastructure within coastal and lakeside areas to cope with existing and increasing levels of tourism? If no, what would you prioritise in your area and why?
  6. What can be done to promote tourism to coastal and lakeside areas in a sustainable manner?
  7. How has COVID-19 impacted these regions? If you are responding on behalf of a business, please let us know how COVID-19 has impacted your business specifically. 
  8. What 3 conditions in the economy do you feel that the hospitality and tourism sectors in these regions need for long term growth and post COVID-19 recovery. 
  9. Do you feel that either coastal or lakeside areas are represented effectively within Government? If no, what steps would you recommend taking?

 

UK Coasts and Waters’ Inquiry Sessions

Wednesday 15th July, Session One 10:00am-11:30: Businesses in Coastal and Lakeside Regions: Challenges, Opportunities and the Future

Speakers

  • Anthony Rosser, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Wales
  • Alan Rankin, Sail Scotland
  • Kurt Janson, Tourism Alliance
  • Nigel Wilkinson, Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Ros Pritchard, BHHPA

Click here to view the session


Monday 20th July, Session Two 11:30am-1:00pm: Structural Challenges Facing Coastal and Lakeside Locations

Speakers

  • Samantha Richardson, Academy Director National Coastal Tourism Academy
  • Nicola Radford, Coastal Communities Association
  • Scott Corfe, Research Director, Social Markets Foundation
  • Emily Cunningham, Local Government Association Special Interest Group


 
For more information, please contact Richard on rclifford@ukhospitality.org.uk


click here to email rclifford@ukhospitality.org.uk

 

Pathways to Recovery

This report was produced following an inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group to assess what is needed to get businesses in hospitality and tourism back on their feet during and following the COVID19 crisis

 

FOR A COPY OF THE REPORT CLICK HERE

 
Business Rates & the hospitality sector 

This report was produced following the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on 14th May 2019. 

 

FOR A COPY OF THE REPORT CLICK HERE

 
Tourist Tax Report 

This report was produced following the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on 19th March 2019. 

 

FOR A COPY OF THE REPORT CLICK HERE

This session focused on business rates. The work of the APPG on this topic was designed to compliment that of the Treasury Select Committee by putting forward the sectors view on business rates. The aim of the APPG is to bring together different experts to have a discussion on the pitfalls/merits of the current rates system and suggest potential improvements.

 

Click below for a summary of the key points raised by each of the speakers at the APPG. The events discussion will be built on and will form a key part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality’s report on the matter

 

 

FOR A COPY OF THE MINUTES CLICK HERE

This roundtable focused on the so called 'Tourist Tax.' The 'tourist tax' is a levy on hotel/accommodation rooms and is currently used in some European cities (though these have a much-reduced rate of VAT than the UK). Several councils have shown an interest in such a levy and the Scottish Government’s budget committed to legislating to allow local authorities to introduce such a tax. We have assembled a panel and an audience from both sides of the argument with the aim of having a spirited debate about the virtues and pitfalls of such a tax for businesses, councils, consumers, and cities or local authorities more broadly.

 

Click below for a summary of the key points raised by each of the speakers at the APPG. The events discussion will be built on and will form a key part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality’s report on the matter which will be published ahead of the next session on the 13th of May. 

 

For a copy of the minutes click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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