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BHA condemns Sadiq Khan’s ‘unfair’ London ‘tourist tax’

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has hit back at the Greater London Assembly’s (GLA) plans to introduce a ‘bed tax’ for the capital’s hotel rooms. The London Assembly Economy Committee met yesterday to further discuss the tax which it says could add between £91m to £364m a year to the UK economy. The plans were first introduced in January, described as a “Berlin-style tax of 5% of the room rate per night”. It could potentially increase accommodation prices by £3.40. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the BHA, said: “The London tourism tax will unfairly penalise hard-pressed Britons, who make up

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Hotel booking sites investigated by consumer watchdog

The UK’s competition watchdog will investigate hotel booking websites to see whether they are misleading customers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it was worried about the clarity, accuracy and presentation of information. The CMA will ask if sites are using ‘pressure tactics’ to encourage consumers to book rooms. It will investigate whether certain hotels are being promoted over others based on the commission the sites receive, which could be a breach of consumer law. The CMA will also investigate how sites tell customers how many rooms are left, how many people are looking at a hotel and

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BHA: Government plans to avert hospitality staff crisis ‘too late’

The British Association (BHA) has said that plans to encourage more British people to consider a career in hospitality and tourism after Brexit have been hindered by the government’s decision to delay introducing new technical qualifications in England for the industry until a year and a half after the anticipated end of free movement. Ufi Ibrahim, the BHA chief executive, has written separate letters to the Immigration Minister and the Education Minister expressing her “dismay” at the decision and urging them to “reconsider this oversight.” She fears the delay will cost jobs and growth. She also pointed out that the

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Leaked government plans on migrants condemned by BHA, UKinbound

Hospitality bodies UKinbound and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have had their say on leaked government documents that appear to suggest immigration targets will be met by reducing the intake of low-skilled EU migrants after Brexit. The 82-page paper – leaked to the Guardian and subsequently widely covered in the media – showed the government was considering reducing the numbers of low-paid EU workers, putting caps on the time they can spend here, and making it harder for them to bring family members over to the UK. It was reported that there would be a minimum income requirement for anyone

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BHA encourages UK to ‘take advantage’ of record tourist figures

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has responded to figures which showed June saw record numbers of overseas visits to the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were a record 3.5 million inbound visits to the UK, up 7% compared with the same period last year. Overseas visitors also spent £2.2bn in June, up 2% compared. It is thought that the weaker pound has contributed to the record number of visits. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of BHA suggested that the UK should “take advantage” of the increase in visitor numbers while taking the opportunity to “tap into

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