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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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Real Living Wage will ‘challenge’ hospitality industry

Real estate company, Colliers International has said that the introduction of the voluntary Real Living Wage will present a “challenge” to the hospitality sector. The Real Living Wage rose by 3.6% to £8.75 per hour regionally and by 4.6% in London, bringing it up to £10.20 per hour. Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said the increase was influenced by the level of inflation which is currently at 3%. James Shorthouse, head of alternative markets at Colliers International, said: “While these salary increases may on the surface seem like positive news for staff working across the UK, for

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Aito ‘applauds’ CMO’s hotel booking site investigation

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito) has said it ‘applauds’ the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for looking into the trading practices of hotel booking sites. The CMA launched an investigation last week, following concerns over the alleged use of ‘pressure tactics’ to encourage consumers to book hotel rooms faster. Derek Moore, chairman of Aito, said “This investigation should, of course, have been instigated several years ago, before these online reservation sites had gained such a high level of control over the market. There seemingly isn’t a shack in the hotel world that is not featured by them. “It

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Hotel booking sites agree to cooperate with CMA investigation

The majority of hotel booking sites have agreed to fully cooperate with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as it carries out an investigation about the ‘tactics’ the sites use to sell hotel rooms. Trivago, Booking.com and Expedia are among the companies who will be looked into as the CMA determines whether the sites are misleading consumers and using ‘pressure tactics’, hotel ranking systems and hidden charges. These practices could potentially be breaking consumer law. In a statement, Trivago said it would “work with the CMA to explain the benefits it delivers to consumers”. Expedia said: “We welcome further discussion

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No reason Brexit deal will not be successful, says Merkel

There is “zero indication” that Britain will walk away without a Brexit deal, although the next phase of Brexit negotiation talks will be “a bit more difficult” says Angela Merkel. Speaking during a dinner in Brussels, the German chancellor said there is “zero indication” that Brexit talks will fail and claimed she is in “permanent conversation” with Prime Minister Theresa May. Her comments followed the Prime Minister’s rejection of a large Brexit divorce bill. Instead May appealed for a deal she could “defend” to the British people. Merkel went on to say that critics suggesting Theresa May should walk away

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