After intensive lobbying from the CLA and other organisations, the Prime Minister has announced that in England, from July 4th, rural tourism businesses such as self-catering cottages, camping and glamping sites, and caravan parks, as well as the hospitality sector, including country pubs and restaurants, will be able to re-open for business.
CLA President Mark Bridgeman welcomes this announcement.
“Tourism businesses will breathe a sigh of relief today and will be working tirelessly to ensure they are ready for the 4th July," he said.
“Rural tourism businesses could see revenues fall by up to £17.6bn this year. Now that restrictions are being lifted we are encouraging everyone to book their self-catering family holiday in the beauty and safety of the British landscape.
“We hope that people are looking forward to enjoying the tranquility and space that the rural and coastal areas have to offer and enjoy. There is nowhere better for a holiday than the Great British countryside.”
Mr Bridgeman added that further efforts are required by Government to support the tourism sector
“In the UK, VAT on tourism businesses, at 20%, is far higher than in many other countries, including France (10%), Spain (10%) and Greece (13%).”
“A reduction in VAT would help domestic tourism to be competitive. Competitive pricing, along with the promotion of domestic tourism, will significantly boost the economy and also help reduce our carbon footprint."
Businesses must comply with the Government’s Covid-19 secure guidelines which are due to be published shortly. These will stress that businesses must be fully compliant and have completed a risk assessment before they can reopen.
The CLA has produced a series of guidelines to help members meet the government’s conditions, which you can view here. These guidelines include:
- Operational procedures required of businesses under Covid-19
- Communication methods for the business, visitor and the local community
- Guidance on how to complete a risk assessment together with a template on what is required
- A series of easy to use checklists to ensure that businesses cover most eventualities.