The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Visitor Economy which is serviced by BHA has recently published its “Report of the Inquiry into Coastal Communities
APPG for the Visitor Economy”. The APPG took written and oral evidence from over 60 organisations and individuals.
The report makes 36 recommendations (at pages 17 and 18 of the 21-page document). These include a call for a reduction on VAT for tourism services and a rejection of any move towards “tourism taxation on hotel accommodation” both of which are very much in line with BHA’s own longstanding position. The other 34 recommendations cover a wide range of topics and swing from the very general to some very specific.
It is worth noting that unlike formal Parliamentary Select Committees, APPGs have no formal status as such and there is therefore no obligation for Government to consider the report, let alone formally respond to it. Nonetheless, even if Government don’t react to it, BHA’s recent interest and intervention in coastal tourism issues should still be warmly welcomed. The report and the work undertaken to generate it all helps keep this large and sometime particularly challenged sector within tourism and the visitor economy more in the political eye.
Access the report and over 120 others national strategic level reports and statistical documents at: https://britishdestinations.net/research-and-statistics/