Politicians told to back hospitality or risk losing out on economic benefits

Politicians are to be urged into including the British hospitality industry within their manifestos for the next general election, reports bighospitality.co.uk.

Backed by 33 of Britain’s leading hospitality and tourism associations, the Campaign for Tourism will look to put pressure on all political parties through letters highlighting the industry’s potential contribution to UK GDP.

Letters released under the campaign banner claim that under current policies, none of which mention tourism, are only hampering the industry’s chances of being able to create opportunities for young people.

The campaign’s launch comes in light of an Annual Review into tourism from VisitBritain, which claims that visitor spend has increased by 13 per cent to £11.2 billion in 2013.

Despite this, investment in tourism has dropped by 25 per cent over the last ten years with high VAT rates on accommodation and attractions are doing little to prevent this downward spiral.

Lord Lee of Trafford, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tourism, said the government still “hasn’t got the message” that hospitality can have a noticeable effect on the economy.

He told catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk: “Tourism and hospitality is the number one industry in more constituencies than any other industry in the country. By coming together to support this campaign, we are able to deliver a clear message to the government: Take tourism seriously.”