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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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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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ALMR welcomes PM’s commitment to EU nationals

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has responded to an open letter from Theresa May, in which she made a commitment to EU nationals living in the UK. The letter, which was published on her Facebook page, said that the right of EU nationals “remained a priority” and ensured that staying in the UK after Brexit would be a “simple process”. The association has welcomed the letter’s reassurances on the future status of EU migrants in the UK. Kate Nicholls, ALMR chief executive, said: This is the first official, public and unconditional confirmation from the Prime Minister that employers will

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Skills shortage a ‘key concern’ for hospitality industry, research shows

As part of research conducted for NFU Mutual’s Hospitality Recruitment Guide, published this week, a skills shortage has been revealed as a key concern for 45% of those in the hospitality and tourism industry. Another major worry highlighted by the research was the political and economic instability as a result of Brexit negotiations, cited by 47% of respondents. When asked about their plans for Brexit, 85% of those who felt Brexit would impact the sector made no comment. The impact of the National Living Wage was also listed as a key concern particularly for the hotel industry, receiving the votes

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