A petition calling for a Minister for Hospitality has gained over 200,000 signatures. The petition asked that “a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments”, in order to liaise with industry representatives, encourage investment and tourism back to the UK, and listen to concerns on taxation and legislation.
The petition was debated last week at Westminster Hall. You can watch the full recording here.
We support the following arguments for a Minister of Hospitality, made by the speakers last week:
There are no apparent arguments against the idea for a Minister for Hospitality. Wide agreement was reached at the debate that a seat at the table is urgently needed for hospitality.
The government’s response acknowledged the above points, but was light on commitment to any further action.
Plunkett will continue to press for tailored support for hospitality businesses, because we have seen first-hand the value that they bring to their communities, particularly in rural areas where other areas are lacking.