Culture & Tourism / 29 November 2018

BBPA responds to commitment from DCMS on Tourism Sector Deal

The BBPA has responded to a commitment from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to deliver a Tourism Sector Deal. The deal will focus on ensuring tourism and hospitality is a career for life, keeping the UK as the most accessible tourism industry in the world and sharing data and increasing accommodation capacity.

Responding to the commitment, British Beer and Pub Association Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds commented: 

“After a lot of very hard work to secure this deal for our industry, this is a great vote of confidence from the Government in our sector. Pubs are third on the list of things to do for overseas visitors to the UK; seven out of ten visit a pub whilst they are here.

“As we prepare to leave the European Union, we must concentrate on making our sector one of choice for employees. Recruitment and retention are vital when as it stands 24% of our employees come from overseas, which rises to over 80% in metropolitan areas.

“The BBPA is already chairing a group across the tourism sector on retention, and there is much work to do to secure the deal, but on the anniversary of the introduction of the Industrial Strategy, it is good to see such support from Government and VisitBritain.”

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