Visit Somerset Aims for 2020 and beyond.
Yesterday’s briefing was led by Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Sarah Albon, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Sharma confirmed that retail outlets that have previously been closed will be permitted to open from next Monday 15 June.
We trust that this email finds you well and gearing up as we move towards finally reopening. We are working extensively with the South West Tourism Alliance and our Local Enterprise Partnership the Heart of the SW LEP in supporting a speedy recovery.
New Gov. update for accommodation providers from 8th June https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-for-accommodation-providers
Visit Somerset has partnered with Regency Purchasing Group to offer all members free assessments, support and advice to help you successfully navigate your way through the many operational challenges presented by Covid-19.
• The visitor economy across Devon and Somerset employs 65,000 people (84,500 if supply chain is included: food supply chain and agricultural/fishing sectors) totalling a further 7,345 businesses generating £3.35bn visitor spend annually. In some rural areas, over 60% of the population work in the sector.
VisitBritain has commissioned a weekly tracking survey to understand domestic intent to take short breaks and holidays both within the U.K. and abroad, with particular focus around the current barriers and concerns around travel and how these will evolve over time.
• UK – tourism attracted 38m visitors generating £23bn for the economy – Prior to Covid19, tourism was projected to deliver 23% increase in inbound visitors by 2025 and 3% increase in domestic tourism • HotSW LEP – Across the SW, tourism generates 2nd highest GVA outside of London! – 16% of all domestic visits – 18% of all total visitor spend – £3.35bn generated in the economy
Visit Somerset and Weston College are delighted to announce the working partnership in launching a series of webinars for our members and the industry supporting different elements of business support whilst briefing the industry on our Visit Somerset’s current and future aims and objectives and post COVID planning.
Additional updates from yesterday Government Briefing:
Further updates from yesterday’s government briefing led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and he was joined by Professor John Newton, coordinator of the national testing effort. The briefing focused on the production of personal protective equipment (PPE), a new drug trial and the latest testing numbers.