Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, recently met with the CEO of leading trade body UKHospitality Kate Nicholls to discuss the importance of the industry to Cornwall and what the Government is doing to support it.
New figures from UKHospitality show that hospitality continues to be a significant part of the local economy in St Austell and Newquay, delivering £284 million to the economy as a whole and employing 10,208 people.
Nationally, hospitality contributes £93 billion to the UK economy and is the third largest employer in the country, providing 3.5 million people with jobs.
Commenting, Steve said:
“Hospitality continues to play an important role in Cornwall’s economy and it was great to recently meet with Kate Nicholls from UKHospitality to discuss their new data which highlights this, and recognise how much hospitality, leisure and tourism means for our economy and our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with the sector to ensure it gets the support it needs.”
Commenting, CEO of UKHospitality Kate Nicholls said:
“Hospitality is truly unique in its contribution to every part of the country. From bustling cities to our more idyllic small towns and villages, venues like the local pub or coffee shop act as critical pillars of our communities and help bring people together.”
“As these figures show, hospitality is also a significant driver of economic growth and, crucially, helps employ so many people. It’s fantastic to be able to share this with MPs and receive so many pledges of support for the sector.”