Government doesn't care about tourism, says BHA

23 November 2007 by
Government doesn't care about tourism, says BHA

Cutting VisitBritain funding by almost 20% shows that the Government "doesn't care" about tourism, British Hospitality Association (BHA) chief executive Bob Cotton said last night.

Speaking at the BHA's centenary dinner at the Foreign Office, Cotton said the decision was a "most curious move" for a Government that claimed to support the tourism industry.

"Government does not appear to appreciate this. Or, if it does, it doesn't seem to care."

Cotton added said that recent government decisions on capital gains tax, the abolition of the Hotel Buildings Allowance and scrapping other tax increasing small company taxation advantages also discriminated against the hospitality industry.

Challenges of the future, according to the BHA chief, include the need to recruit more staff - preferably British - and to pay greater attention to training and development and working conditions. And looming large on the horizon is the "certain need" to reduce energy costs, he added.

Tourism industry to press Gordon Brown for tourism review >>

Tourism minister defends cuts to tourism funding >>
Government slammed for cutting VisitBritain funds >>

Expect panic selling if capital tax rises, warns BHA >>

Scrapping building allowance will cost hotel industry millions >>
By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas](mailto:Daniel.Thomas@rbi.co.uk?subject=Government doesn't care about tourism, says BHA) here.

[The Caterer Blog](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/catering-news-blog/) Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking