The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Hospitality and Tourism has opened a written consultation as part of its new inquiry into the revival of the UK's town and city centres.
The consultation will tackle a range of issues including business operation, taxation and how to rebuild the sectors in a green and sustainable way and is seeking contributions from businesses, trade associations, destination management organisations (DMOs), think tanks and other relevant bodies to assist with the final report.
Oral evidence sessions began last week and the final report aims to set out the support that hospitality and tourism businesses in town and city centres need in the short term, along with a series of recommendations for government on how to maximise the potential of these sectors by creating a positive trading environment.
Chair of the APPG, Steve Double, said: "It is clear that a great deal of hard work is needed to rebuild the economy post-Covid. Rather than being an insurmountable challenge, it gives us an opportunity to rebuild a better, greener system that works for the country. The hospitality and tourism sectors have felt the worst impacts of the pandemic, but in the long term, these sectors are well placed to drive the UK's economic growth and recovery.
"As we did with our Pathways to Recovery report last year, the APPG for hospitality and tourism will be working with businesses from across both sectors to create another sector-endorsed blueprint for government. We hope that all organisations with an interest in hospitality and tourism will submit written evidence. Our final report will produce wide-ranging recommendations on how to rebuild hospitality and tourism in town and cities when the vaccine rollout is completed."
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: "The UK's towns and cities have been hit hardest by the pandemic and rebuilding them will be essential for the nation's economy. Prior to the pandemic, these areas accounted for a huge chunk of the UK's total economic output, with hospitality and tourism businesses responsible for a significant portion of this. Restoring these sectors in towns and cities across the UK will be a long and intricate process, with thousands of jobs dependent on getting it right.
"We welcome the APPGs focus on this vital topic and look forward to working with cross-party MPs to produce a blueprint for long-term recovery. We call on all sector businesses to engage in the consultation process."
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