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Hospitality and tourism sectors threaten legal action over reopening delays

A 45-strong group of hospitality, tourism and event companies is threatening to take legal action against the government if its newly proposed date for restriction-free operating faces further delays. The collective, led by Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for confirmation that the proposed full reopening of hospitality on 19 July will not change. The legal action would take the form of a judicial review, with the letter sent by JMW Solicitors on behalf of Lord,…

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£639 million daily UK losses if international travel is postponed warns WTTC

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has written an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of a daily loss of £639 million in July if the restart of international travel is postponed. The global tourism body predicts that the UK faces a possible £19.8 billion loss “if travel is effectively delayed until August”. It adds that 218,000 jobs in the sector are also at serious risk of being lost “if no action is taken now”. The open letter, signed by WTTC members including TUI, Silversea Cruises and…

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Lloyds survey: Tourism and recreation led UK recovery in May

The U.K.’s economic recovery accelerated in May, led by the tourism and recreation segment, according to a survey by Lloyds Bank PLC that tracks business activity. Tourism and recreation recorded the sharpest rise in output growth (to 62.4 in May from 51.9 in April, in the bank’s U.K. Recovery Tracker) as British hotels, pubs and restaurants experienced a release of pent-up consumer demand, with the transportation sector following. As the U.K. moved further out of lockdown, 11 out of 14 U.K. sectors tracked by the survey reported faster output growth…

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