Call for hospitality businesses to give evidence for UK Pathways to Recovery


Inquiry into measures for UK hospitality and tourism business recovery

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism has launched an urgent inquiry into the measures that UK hospitality and tourism businesses will need in order to successfully reopen, recover, and thrive in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

Submissions to the inquiry and evidence gathering is being co-ordinated by Richard Clifford at UK Hospitality (

Key themes

There will be four key themes to the inquiry:

  • Government support
  • Achieving business compliance
  • Supply chain re-activation
  • Stimulating demand for the sector

Submission of responses

If you wish to respond to ‘Pathways to Recovery’ please answer the relevant consultation questions below and send your submissions to Richard Clifford at The deadline for submissions will be 1 May 2020 at 5:00pm.

Consultation Questions

  1. What further, or continued, financial measures do you envisage your business needing from Government in the recovery period when restrictions begin to be lifted? If relevant, please refer to both national and devolved Governments.
  2. What impact would a staggered reopening have on your businesses? (For example, if businesses are permitted to reopen but with existing social distancing measures retained; hotels open with no bar or restaurant area; or a cap being introduced on venue numbers)
  3. What specific operational difficulties do you anticipate when looking to reopen your business and will you need Government assistance and guidance ahead of this?
  4. How long will it take for businesses to change or reactivate their supply chains and what difficulties may be present in doing this?
  5. What, if any, more guidance do you feel that you need on cleaning and hygiene measures ahead of reopening?
  6. What fiscal measures should be taken to boost business in the hospitality and tourism sectors in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted?
  7. What steps should the Government take to boost UK inbound tourism when social distancing measures are lifted?
  8. Are there any other key areas of support that your feel either sector, or your individual business, require outside the scope of the above questions? If so, please outline in under 500 words.
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The key focus of this inquiry will be assessing what is needed to get businesses in these sectors back on their feet at the appropriate time, providing forward-looking recommendations to guide Government and businesses as they move to thinking about recovery. Our consultation questions will look broadly at what support measures businesses would like to see from Government, while also looking at the internal and operational challenges that businesses face when looking to reopen.
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