Tag: BHA

Hospitality split on two-year post-Brexit transition period

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While pub trade bodies were reassured, the British Hospitality Association said more time was needed than the “status quo” two-year post-Brexit transition period announced by the prime minister in Florence last week.   Hospitality chiefs gave mixed reviews of the two-year post-Brexit transition period announced by Theresa May in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella church on 22 September. The British Beer and Pub...

Leisure and hospitality sectors welcome MAC

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Responding in chorus to the government’s announced intention to study the role of EU workers in post-Brexit Britain, the ALMR, BBPA, BHA and BALPPA have emphasised how crucial migrant labour is to their respective sectors.   Trade association chiefs from the leisure and hospitality sectors welcomed home secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement on 26 July that a Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), made...

Visitor Economy APPG inquiry to launch

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy is set to launch an enquiry into the impact of digital economy advancements on the land based tourism sector.   The group, which has the BHA acting as secretariat, will start its inquiry in October, following the summer recess period. The action will take evidence from a range of noted experts on the impact...

Government advised to give ‘under appreciated’ tourism industry new department

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BHA chairman Nick Varney has called on the new government to take tourism more seriously. British Hospitality Association chairman Nick Varney has advised the new government to move responsibility for the promotion of UK tourism to a new department. Speaking at the BHA Summit in London last week, Varney said that under the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where it...

BHA calls for tourism VAT reduction ahead of election

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Ahead of the 2017 general election, the British Hospitality Association calls on all political parties to commit to make hospitality and tourism a strategic priority, setting out a raft of recommendations on which it wishes the new government to act.   Develop evidence-based immigration targets It is vital that the new immigration system which will be introduced after the UK leaves the...

BALPPA and BHA warn immigration controls could hit seaside sector

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The leisure and hospitality industry are gravely concerned at the employment prospects of a Brexit Britain. With such a strong support from overseas workers, the sectors fear that costs will have to rise if EU nationals can no longer able to freely work in British businesses.   BALPPA and the British Hospitality Association have warned that tighter immigration controls could damage...

Arcade operators lukewarm to employment concerns in BHA report

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As small businesses, arcades are used to operating within tight margins and remain unfazed by predictions from the BHA about a UK staffing shortfall if immigration from the European Union is too tightly controlled.   The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has warned the hospitality sector faces a shortfall of 60,000 workers a year if immigration from the European Union is too...

Tourism numbers don’t always mean more money

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Media Watch comments on an update from the BHA on tourism spend in the UK.   A quick update from the British Hospitality Association (BHA) about falling inbound tourism spending that, thankfully, doesn't look like it will be impacting those travellers visiting coin-op businesses. Inbound holiday visitors to the UK in December rose by 15 percent, but there was a two percent...

Conflicting reports paint uncertain inbound picture

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The story of Britain’s inbound tourism industry is a confused one, with different bodies indicating conflicting trends for the leisure industry in 2017. The recently launched British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Industry Tourism Monitor, which last month reported a decline in people visiting the UK, once again seems to show a downward trend for the sector. It claims that the number...

BHA calls for immigrant visa guarantees

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The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is calling on the government to guarantee more than 100,000 work visas for its sector. Cuts to immigration, which are both government policy and exerted a major impact over the Brexit vote. It is also an issue of concerns for a number of coin-op businesses, particularly in the coastal and manufacturing sectors. The thought of...