According to research commissioned by the British Hospitality Association, the hospitality industry looks set to create another 500,000 jobs over the next five years, and has its contribution to the British economy has grown more quickly than any other sector since the credit crunch.

Hospitality now accounts for 3.2 million direct jobs and a further 2.8 million indirect jobs is Britain’s fourth largest employer, in the top six in every region of the UK.

Last year, hospitality and tourism brought £73 billion to the economy, or £161 billion including the indirect impact, including £15 billion in exports and £38 billion in direct tax receipts.

Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the BHA, has said: “With the right strategic support from government, economic stability and access to labour we believe that hospitality and tourism can continue to grow and become a career of choice for more people.”

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