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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 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

  • 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?
  • What did the immediate summer trading season look like post COVID-19 lockdown restrictions being lifted?
  • What distinct concerns do costal and lakeside businesses have from other hospitality businesses?
  • What support do local authorities require to promote and support tourism?
  • What structural issues faced by coastal communities that inhibit tourism?
  • How can demand be stimulated for coastal and lakeside tourism?
  • Is there sufficient infrastructure within coastal and lakeside areas to cope with existing and increasing levels of tourism.
  • How can tourism to these areas be grown in a sustainable manner?
  • What are the recent trends in sector businesses numbers within these regions of the UK?
  • What conditions in the economy does this sector need for long term recovery and growth?


Full consultation questions will be distributed to local stakeholders in late July. If you have any questions about the inquiry, please contact Richard Clifford at rclifford@ukhospitality.org.uk.

 

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


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

Panel TBC Provisional attendees

  • Samantha Richardson, Academy Director National Coastal Tourism Academy
  • Nicola Radford, Coastal Communities Association
  • Scott Corfe, Research Director, Social Markets Foundation
  • Canal and River Trust


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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