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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism has launched its urgent inquiry into the measures that businesses in these two vital sectors of the UK’s economy will need in order to successfully reopen, recover, and thrive in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The key focus of this inquiry will be assessing what is needed to get businesses in these sectors back on their feet at the appropriate time, providing forward-looking recommendations to guide Government and businesses as they move to thinking about recovery. Our consultation questions will look broadly at what support measures businesses would like to see from Government, while also looking at the internal and operational challenges that businesses face when looking to reopen.

 

There will be four key themes:

  • Government support
  • Achieving business compliance
  • Supply chain re-activation
  • Stimulating demand for the sector

 

The need for this inquiry is immediate and as such, by design, the time for gathering evidence will be short. We aim to publish our findings and report in full by the middle of May, however, we may push forward the publication date in order to feed our findings into Government while important discussions on recovery are being held.

 

The ‘Pathways to Recovery’ consultation has now closed. If you have any comments or queries, please email Richard Clifford at rclifford@ukhospitality.org.uk

Consultation Questions

  1. What further, or continued, financial measures do you envisage your business needing from Government in the recovery period when restrictions begin to be lifted? If relevant, please refer to both national and devolved Governments.
  2. What impact would a staggered reopening have on your businesses? (For example, if businesses are permitted to reopen but with existing social distancing measures retained; hotels open with no bar or restaurant area; or a cap being introduced on venue numbers)
  3. What specific operational difficulties do you anticipate when looking to reopen your business and will you need Government assistance and guidance ahead of this?
  4. How long will it take for businesses to change or reactivate their supply chains and what difficulties may be present in doing this?
  5. What, if any, more guidance do you feel that you need on cleaning and hygiene measures ahead of reopening?
  6. What fiscal measures should be taken to boost business in the hospitality and tourism sectors in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted?
  7. What steps should the Government take to boost UK inbound tourism when social distancing measures are lifted?
  8. Are there any other key areas of support that your feel either sector, or your individual business, require outside the scope of the above questions? If so, please outline in under 500 words.


click here to email rclifford@ukhospitality.org.uk

 

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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