Re-opening, recovery, resilience: Government releases hospitality strategy with focus on three Rs

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The government has announced a 22-step hospitality recovery strategy, focusing on the “reopening, recovery, and resilience’ of the £40.4bn sector.

 

The government has outlined a multi-stage hospitality recovery plan, as part of efforts to help the sector’s revival from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside long-term strategies for overcoming pre-existing economic challenges.

The industry, responsible for employing 1.8 million people and delivering £40.4bn GVA in 2019, has been one of the areas most affected by restrictions and lockdowns, with the new strategy focusing primarily on Reopening, Recovery and Resilience.

“Our hospitality sector is already world renowned, but we want to bolster that by strengthening the link between hospitality and international tourism and further developing the sector’s presence on the global stage,” said business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

“But perhaps most importantly, we want everyone to recognise the social value of our hospitality businesses.”

Taking into account jobs and skills, international trade and tourism, innovation, investment, community and environmental impact, the strategy aims to provide the framework for the UK’s 143,000 hospitality businesses to return to “pre-pandemic health.”

“Through this strategy we aim to build on the sector’s strengths and address its challenges to create a resilient, dynamic, innovative, and green sector which plays a leading role in local communities, high streets and city centres across the country,” states the report.

The strategy’s Reopening chapter includes steps such as providing sectoral support via a dedicated minister, and helping overcome recruitment challenges by actively signposting jobseekers to hospitality vacancies.

The Recovery chapter includes promotion plans, extension of “easements” in the High Streets Strategy, bringing forward legislation to ringfence rent debt accrued from March 2020, and enabling access to finance from the British Business Bank.

Schemes to build Resilience include improving the long-term relationship between hospitality tenants and landlords, and working with Local Authorities and the hospitality sector to develop a model for hospitality-led regeneration hubs.

“To oversee delivery of the 22 commitments outlined in this strategy across our reopening, recovery and resilience themes, we will establish a Hospitality Sector Council, comprising businesses, sector representatives and industry leaders.”

“This Council will meet to agree an action plan to deliver the commitments, review progress against this plan and monitor the overall recovery of the sector as businesses transition from reopening to recovery to resilience.”


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