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25 Jul 2017

Steve Double to lead cross-party group for tourism, hospitality and attractions

Conservative MP Steve Double has been elected chair of the cross-party Parliamentary group responsible for addressing issues relating to the tourism, hospitality and attractions sectors.

Heading up the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy (APPG), which aims to support the UK domestic tourist sector by promoting the industry in Parliament and lobbying the government on their behalf, Double said the group would provide an opportunity for the industry to be heard.

“The APPG has already launched a successful report into apprenticeships and skills and following our coastal community inquiry we will be making representations to government,” he said.

“The group will also be prioritising the impact of Brexit and the digital and sharing economy in coming months.”

Vice chairs include Labour MP Albert Owen, the SNP’s Philippa Whitford, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, the DUP’s Jim Shannon and Scott Mann of the Conservatives. Supporting Double in his efforts, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) act as secretariat to the APPG.

“Steve Double is well aware of the challenges hospitality and tourism businesses face as MP for Newquay and St Austell and is a strong advocate of our industry,” said Ufi Ibrahim, BHA chief executive.

“The industry is particularly important to Cornwall, accounting for 37,000 jobs and sustaining further jobs in other sectors dependent on hospitality and tourism. “We look forward to working with him to promote the successful and responsible growth of UK hospitality and tourism.”

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