According to CESA, the plan for a Tourism Industry Council, to be headed by a government minister, is a huge opportunity which should be supported enthusiastically.
"It has the potential to give the whole foodservice industry, both operators and suppliers, a much stronger role in government, with the prospect of having much more influence than currently," said Nick Oryino, chair of CESA (pictured).
Co-chaired by tourism minister Helen Grant MP, skills minister Matt Hancock MP, and by Hilton's Simon Vincent, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Council will meet every three to four months. Its focus will be on ‘improving skills, boosting enterprise, and increasing the quality and quantity of jobs available within the industry."
The plans announced at the BHA summit in London last month, have been welcomed by CESA.
"CESA, the BHA and other trade associations have long been frustrated by the length of time government takes to tackle foodservice industry issues. The move will put us at the centre of government, giving the industry the recognition it deserves.