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Hotel industry confidence ‘low’ despite increased bookings

Confidence in future bookings and revenue is the lowest it has been since September 2016, according to a UKinbound-backed survey. The latest Business Barometer members survey, compiled by Qa Research in conjunction with UKinbound, suggests that hoteliers confidence is low in spite of the same survey showing that bookings, visitor numbers and revenue yield are on-par or higher than 12 months ago. Just 53% of respondents showed confidence in future bookings, compared to 67% in September 2016. Higher costs of food and beverage, the dampening effect terrorist attacks and strong competition were some of the reasons cited by those who


Golden Week: UKinbound urges government to extend Chinese visa

Amidst China’s Golden Week holiday which started 1 October, UKinbound has urged the government to make its two-year reduced cost multi-entry Chinese visa pilot a permanent scheme. The scheme is due to end in January 2018 and UKinbound has surveyed its tour operator members to find out what impact the visa pilot has had on their businesses to date. Some 96% of respondents to the survey were aware of the visa pilot and 85% stated that bookings from China have increased since it was introduced. In 2016, the number of visitor visas issued in China to the UK increased by


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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