UKH Cymru outlines ‘priority policy’ areas ahead of 2021 election

UKHospitality Cyrmu (UKHC) has published a full prospectus of “priority policy” ahead of the Welsh Parliament’s 6 May election, outlining the group’s ambitions for working with the next elected government. The post-pandemic recovery for hospitality businesses are at the centre of UKHC’s proposals to encourage confidence and growth within the sector. Among the trade association’s […]

Hospitality groups urge Scottish gov to reopen sector early

Hospitality trade groups, including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), are calling on the Scottish government to “consider loosening” lockdown restrictions affecting the industry. Currently, Scotland’s bars, restaurants and cafés will not be allowed to reopen indoors and outdoors until the 26 April, weeks after the sector’s reopening in England. However, Scottish hospitality will not […]

Final Tally: Travel Lost $1.1 Trillion In U.S. Economic Output In ‘20

Travel’s economic footprint in the United States shrank a staggering 42% last year, from $2.6 trillion to $1.5 trillion, according to new end-of-year totals prepared for the U.S. Travel Association by the research firm Tourism Economics. The employment devastation was similarly massive: travel-supported jobs fell by 5.6 million in 2020 (16.7 million to 11.1 million)—a […]

Scottish hospitality to reopen on 26 April

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that lockdown restrictions affecting hospitality businesses in Scotland will be relaxed as soon as next month, in an announcement made yesterday (16 March). From 26 April, cafes, restaurants and bars will be permitted to serve people outside in groups of up to six from three different households until 10pm. […]

Scottish trade bodies offer gov route out of lockdown

Scottish Hospitality Group, UK Hospitality Scotland, Scottish Licensed Trade Association, Night Time Industries Association and the Scottish Beer and Pub Association have written to the government setting out a “pragmatic approach that will avoid catastrophic business failure across the sector”. A united set of recommendations from organisations representing Scotland’s hospitality sector have been submitted to […]

UK GDP shrinks 2.9% amid January lockdown

Monthly GDP fell by 2.9% in January as a national lockdown proved to impact economic activity, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals.  Figures released show that January’s GDP was 9.0% below the levels seen in February 2020, and 4.0% below October 2020 – the “initial recovery peak” for the economy last […]

Hospitality industry welcomes budget package

The UK hospitality industry has responded warmly to the confirmation of financial support in the government’s budget for this year. Yesterday (3 March), chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £65bn support package for the economy as the country prepares to leave lockdown restrictions in April. Under the new budget, hospitality and leisure businesses will be able […]

Sunak to extend furlough scheme until September

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to extend the furlough scheme until September as part of his March Budget which will be announced today (3 March).  According to The Times, Sunak will state that the country is in a “moment of crisis” as he extends furlough for another five months, taking the support beyond the date that England is predicted […]