Hospitality firms urged to campaign for political attention

Hospitality businesses must use the lead up to the general election in May 2015 to make themselves known and ensure their sector is considered in the manifestos of key political parties.

This is the rallying cry issued by Ufi Ibrahim, the head of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), who says there is an “unprecedented opportunity” for tourism groups to stress their industry’s contribution to UK GDP.

Cited by, Ms Ibrahim urged the hundreds of thousands of businesses to project their voice “over and above” other sectors to guarantee that they’re looked after in future policies.

“There are 240,000 hospitality and tourism businesses. If each business rallied around our call for streamlined regulation, policies for growth and competitive environment for hospitality businesses to thrive, we would be unbeatable,” she commented.

The BHA will represent the industry at the British Hospitality and Tourism Summit on 5 June, where several parties will gather to discuss the best ways of getting across to Parliament in time for the elections on May 7, 2015.

Ms Ibrahim said this may seem like a long time away but stressed that politicians will have their manifestos all finished by June of this year.

Talking to, she added: “In the history of UK parliamentary elections, hospitality and tourism has never featured in manifesto.. Now, for the first time, we have a real chance of inclusion.”