The new minister for sport, tourism and equality has recognised the hospitality sector for contributing greatly towards the UK economy.
Speaking at the launch of a new Deloitte study, 'Tourism: jobs and growth', Helen Grant celebrated the industry's aim to create 300,000 jobs by 2020 and specifically pointed out the great work that the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has been doing in recent years.
Ms Grant said: “The commitment of the hospitality and tourism industry to creating jobs and supporting young people has been brought into sharp focus by the BHA's Big Conversation. It has shown the potential of creating 300,000 new jobs by 2020, and 1,000 employers have already pledged to create 5,000 jobs and 15,000 apprenticeships. This is truly impressive, and it’s initiatives like this which help to realise the potential outlined in the report.”
According to the Deloitte report, which had been commissioned by VisitBritain, employment growth in the sector has grown four times faster than the manufacturing industry, and the tourism market actually supports three million jobs across the UK. That is the equivalent of 9.6 per cent of all employment in the country.
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the BHA, added that hospitality jobs accounted for a third of all vacancies created between 2010 and 2012, helping especially those who have just left education.
However, one aspect of the industry that has come under fire has been its inability to embrace modern technological platforms, especially when considering that 48 per cent of the sector's workforce is aged under 30. Mr Ibrahim added though that this "technology-savvy generation" should hopefully enable the sector to reach its digital potential over the next few years.
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