Business rates / Culture & Tourism / Employment / General / 26 March 2015

BBPA welcomes Select Committee tourism report

The BBPA has welcomed today’s report from the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee on Tourism, to which the BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds gave evidence:

Commenting on the report, Brigid Simmonds said:

“I welcome this report and I’m pleased that the Committee has highlighted several of the key issues raised by ourselves and others in the industry.

“The Committee has asked the Government to look again at the recommendations of the Tourism Regulation Task Force and includes the example of pubs, such as issues with ‘category C’ fruit machines.

“They ask the Government to look more closely at the case for a VAT reduction and highlight points made by the BBPA on VAT and food and the job creation which a cut in VAT on food could bring.

“The BBPAs comments on funding for Destination Management Organisations; the role of Visit England in co-ordination, the need to work with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the importance of DCMS in coordinating policy across Government, are all noted.

“There are certainly plenty of recommendations in this report for a new incoming Government to take forward which will help the tourism industry and pubs, too.

“As I told the committee; “It is easy for tourism and tourism policy to be something that is nice to have but not essential to Government. It is absolutely essential that we think in all of these things—whether it be visas or transport—about the tourist industry, the importance it has to the British economy and how we can have that at the forefront of all our minds when any Government makes any decision about anything.”

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