Preparation for the joint British Destinations, Tourism Alliance and Tourism Society Tourism Week conference on 19 March 2018 at the RAF Club Piccadilly London from 10 am to 3 pm followed by the Annual Tourism Industry Parliamentary Reception 4 pm to 6 pm are progressing well. In addition to the detail given in the Conference Flyer we are delighted to give you three additional reasons to attend this high profile national strategic level tourism event:
1. Tourism APPG Sharing Economy Inquiry. In recent week the Tourism Alliance has been holding the Oral Evidence sessions for the Tourism All Party Parliamentary Group’s inquiry, The Sharing Economy: Maximising Benefits while Reducing Adverse Outcomes. APPG members, led by Gordon Marsden MP, have been hearing oral evidence, in addition the previous written evidence, from representatives from both the traditional accommodation providers and sharing economy companies regarding the impacts that this sector is having on the tourism industry, the policies that need to be put in place to enable sustainable growth and how to provide a level playing field between the different tourism businesses types.
While the APPG’s final report is not due for a couple of months, Gordon Marsden MP (our President) will be using the ETW Conference to launch an interim report on the key issues and recommendations that have come from the written and oral evidence collected so far. This will provide delegates with further opportunities to raise associated issues and concerns including: thoughts on the need for greater legislative controls, the role and function of voluntary codes of practice and differentiation mechanism and the increasingly pressing need for greater understanding of the scale, value and volume of the sharing accommodation sector at National, regional and local levels.
2. Labour is developing a Tourism Policy. Kevin Brennan MP, the Shadow Tourism Minister, is in the process of developing Labour’s new Tourism Policy. To help with this the Tourism Alliance is organizing three meetings for him with tourism businesses in Scarborough, Manchester and Exeter. Kevin will be using the conference on 19 March to talk to the industry about the development of Labour’s plans for tourism and how you can feed into this process.
3. ALMR and BHA Merger. At a special meeting last week, members of both organisations voted to merge ALMR (Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers) and BHA (British Hospitality Association) to form UK Hospitality, which will combine the resources of both organisations to become a key player in the tourism landscape. Kate Nicholls, the newly appointed CEO of UK Hospitality (former CEO of ALMR) will be part of a panel at the conference where she will be discussing the major issues facing the hospitality sector including employment and skills, and how the Tourism Deal can help resolve these challenges.
Over 80 of the maximum delegate capacity of 150 places have already been booked for the event and so far in excess of 30 MPs have already responded positively to the invitation to attend the Parliamentary reception. In order to assist us with the administration, if you have not yet booked to attend the conference and you wish to do so, then please consider booking sooner rather than later. Those who have booked will receive a formal invitation to attend the Parliamentary Reception by separate cover. Please note an RSVP to that invitation is required for Parliamentary security reasons.
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