The Jersey Hospitality Association (JHA) has launched its ‘manifesto’ for the 2022 General Election, calling on the next Government to work with the industry to nurture and rebuild after the combined effects of Covid-19 and Brexit.
It provides four key recommendations the Association wants elected politicians to get behind to ensure the Island retains its vibrant visitor economy. Those recommendations are:
- 2-year temporary work permits for hospitality workers
- An accommodation strategy for temporary hospitality workers
- Support future initiatives to boost skills, local talent and grow visitor numbers
- A dedicated political champion for hospitality and tourism
The manifesto, which was launched at the JHA AGM this week, was developed following workshops held with members of the industry.
Did you know?
- Pre-Covid, Hospitality was Jersey’s sixth largest sector and seventh largest employer.
- Tourism’s contribution to the economy is equivalent to £425 million per annum.
- 51% of all spending by visitors was on accommodation.
- The tourism sector directly generates 3.8% of Jersey’s GVA.
- Tourism spending in 2019 of £280 million raised almost £15.5 million in GST.
Source – PwC report for the Government of Jersey Future Economy Programme.
JHA Chief Executive, Claire Boscq (pictured), said: “We value the positive and proactive working relationship we have with States Members and the Government of Jersey, and we hope that our manifesto sends a clear message that we want to work with them to ensure the future of our industry is as vibrant and we know it can be.
“The way of life we value in Jersey is supported by the many hospitality businesses that provide excellent service and venues. Without them, Jersey would lose its beating heart. Hospitality businesses are crucial to Jersey’s recovery from the pandemic, but they need all the support they can get due to the effects of Brexit and rising costs.
“We feel that our manifesto provides a set of simple and effective actions that will help the industry back onto a more even footing, supporting a more sustainable and vibrant local economy.”