The importance of Tourism to the UK

Tourism has been of the UK's great success stories over the last 5 years. While the UK economy as a whole has languished since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008, the UK tourism industry has continued to grow strongly. [more...]


ALVA remains concerned that the fall in the UK's market share is partly attributable to a fall in its price competitiveness relative to other countries. This we contend is to some degree due to the high levels of taxation. [more...]

VAT on Property Repairs - Heritage Buildings

Another area of concern relates to the issue of VAT on property refurbishment in general and on repairs to historic properties in particular. We support the idea of reducing the rate to 5% to decrease the differential between the refurbishment of older properties and new buildings, and between VAT-registered and unregistered businesses. [more...]


Low skilled employees receive less training than highly skilled employees and many businesses, particularly small and micro businesses are reluctant to train, citing as chief constraints time, costs and the impact on the remaining staff. The result is that the industry lacks an on-going source of well-trained staff. Those businesses that do wish to invest in their staff through training continue to find that many of their competitors prefer simply to poach their staff instead. [more...]

Investment in VisitBritain

The Grant-in-Aid to VisitBritain has not increased for the past eleven years, which means, of course, a year-on-year cut. In addition, from April 2003 VisitBritain has had responsibility for the development and marketing of England to the British. [more...]

Social Infrastructure

The social environment in which tourism operates is of increasing concern. Public services in general have become noticeably inadequate. Both citizens and visitors have a right to expect and enjoy a safe and clean environment. London is of particular concern. [more...]

Gateway London

London has a clear 'gateway' role for England - stipulated in the Greater London Act. It also has a 'gateway marketing and packaging' relationship with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For such key reasons, London needs adequate resourcing through strong investment in the necessary infrastructures as the capital destination. [more...]

Daylight Saving/Lighter Later

ALVA welcomes all proposals to advance time in England and Wales by one hour throughout the year (GMT + 1 hour in winter; GMT + 2 hours in summer). This measure would have considerable benefits for all industry, including tourism. [more...]

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