BHA chairman and chief executive of Merlin Entertainments, Nick Varney, has said at the BHA Summit 2017: “Our industry has been undervalued and underappreciated for too long”.

In his speech he highlighted the need for hospitality and tourism to be moved to the remit of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills rather than the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, under the next government, along with no plans, promises or targets for the National Living Wage, a review of business rates, evidence-based immigration targets, and a reduction of VAT.

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