Recommendations from an independent panel for widespread deregulation of the tourism and hospitality industries were published in the UK on 24th January. The proposals, which cover areas such as planning and use classes regulations, travel insurance, food labelling, health and safety rules, employment restrictions in the tourism sector, licensing and many other areas of concern to the industry, will now be considered across Government.
The report was commissioned by Tourism Minister John Penrose and prepared by an expert group under the chairmanship of Alan Parker CBE, President of the British Hospitality Assocation.
Alan Parker comented: “Tourism and hospitality are really important to the UK economy. Together they are one of our largest industries and our third largest export earner. And it’s also a sector that is ripe for growth, with potential for a further half million jobs to be created by 2020.
“So there is a huge opportunity that everyone in the industry wants to be part of. Cutting red tape is one easy thing that the Government can do to help bring this growth about. Bold action from the top can save businesses time and money which, for many of the small and medium size companies in our sector, can represent a make or break solution.”
The report, Smart Regulation and Economic Growth: Seizing the Tourism Opportunity is available from Sue McNicol on firstname.lastname@example.org