British hospitality industry makes "great strides"

The British hospitality industry has taken big steps in recent years and companies are now hugely positive about their prospects going into the future.

That’s according to Ufi Abrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, who reflected on the industry’s current situation whilst commenting on news of an eight per cent rise in jobs growth for UK hotels, pubs and restaurants over 2013.  

According to, Mr Abrahim said the Olympic legacy has done wonders for the industry’s reputation and that its leaders are now more attuned to the benefits of collaborating in order to create something special.  

Cited by, he commented: “The hospitality and tourism industry has made great strides over the past few years, both in generating jobs and economic growth and in terms of making political capital.

“The British Hospitality Association is extremely positive about the medium and longer term prospects for our industry and our resilience and buoyancy during the economic downturn bodes well for our continued success in more positive economic times.”

The employment figures come courtesy of, who says the last quarter alone saw the number of advertised careers in the industry rise by 16 per cent year on year.

Ian Burke, website director at, said news of economic growth should signal an “exciting time” for the industry.