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BBPA welcomes new Government Tourism strategy and calls for fast action to cut red tape


Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association Brigid Simmonds OBE today welcomed the Government’s new five point plan to boost tourism across Britain.

The five point plan aims to promote places in the UK outside of London as great places to visit for international visitors through a new inter-ministerial group. The group aims to ensure Britain has the right infrastructure in place to make it easy for visitors to discover the best of what Britain has to offer.

The plan focuses on key areas such as a better coordinated tourism sector, skills and jobs, common sense regulation, transport and an improved welcome.

The BBPA looks forward to working with UK partners to promote pubs across the UK as a vital part of the tourism industry.

Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“Offering great hospitality, accommodation and entertainment, pubs are right at the heart of British tourism and we welcome action to improve transport links, support our coastal towns and cut red tape.

“With so many Government Departments engaging with hospitality businesses, it is vital that the Government is joined-up and focused on cutting costs to business and promoting the UK as a great destination for tourists.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.

• According to Visit Britain, pubs are third on the list of things to visit for overseas visitors to the UK and four out of ten visit a pub at some time during their stay.
• There are around 50,000 pubs in the UK
• UK pubs now serve one billion meals a year and have just over 50,000 rooms
• Beer and Pubs are economically hugely important to the UK economy and contribute some £22 billion to GDP and employ almost 900,000
• In pubs, 46 per cent of those employed are under the age of 25 and 53 per cent are women.


Culture & Tourism

For further information contact:

Rebekah Kendrick
Communications & Campaigns Officer
Tel: 020 7627 9155 / 07739547439

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