It follows the British Government’s development of a Five Point Tourism Plan and supports the new Inter-Ministerial Group on tourism, previously announced by the Prime Minister.
Co-chairing the new Council are Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage and Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide. Members of the new Council joined a reception at Conrad London St James.
Speaking after the reception, Vincent said, “Tourism makes a vital contribution to the UK economy and I am delighted that the Tourism Council has been re-established following the election in May. The Government’s focus on our industry as a priority sector, supported through its Five Point Plan, is a huge achievement for tourism businesses and recognition of the crucial role they play in the UK economy.
“Hilton is committed to working collaboratively to boost growth and jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry. The Tourism Council is an excellent forum for the Government to listen to the industry, and vice-versa. I am looking forward to working with the Minister to meet challenges head on.”
With 2.9 million people working in the UK tourism industry, equivalent to 9 per cent of total UK employment, the Tourism Council has been re-established to continue to develop initiatives to help the sector realises its full potential for growth.
The hospitality industry has made a substantial contribution to the UK’s private sector jobs recovery, having already accounted for 17 per cent of total UK net employment growth between 2010 and 2014.
The Council will act as a sounding board and point of dialogue between Ministers and the industry to support the implementation of the Government’s Five Point Plan for Tourism.
Its members consist of major employers, small businesses and representative organisations from the tourism industry. The Council’s recommendations will contribute to the work of the new Inter-Ministerial Group on tourism, announced by the Prime Minister in July.
Tourism Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, said, "UK tourism is already a global success story that continues to contribute substantially to our economy. But we want to make sure the benefits of our world-class industry are spread more evenly across the whole country, and the Tourism Council will be central to delivering our vision for this as set out in the Five Point Plan."