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Hospitality sector responsible for a quarter of GDP fall 

The hospitality sector was responsible for nearly a quarter of GDP losses reported across the UK in April, according to the latest data from UKHospitality and CGA.

According to the industry bodies, this figure highlights the “urgent need” for the sector to be allowed to reopen this summer.

Total GDP in the UK fell by 20.4% in April, while new figures from the latest UKHospitality tracker found that turnover across the hospitality sector was down by nearly 90% in the same period. 

Taking into account industry data from March, the hospitality sector has ultimately been responsible for 32.7% of lost GDP since the crisis began. 

In addition, the latest CGA business leader research estimated there would be an overall reduction in the number of pubs, bars and restaurants by 20% to 30%, but this could be “significantly worse if revenues continue to be affected”.

UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said: “This decline has been shockingly acute and graphically illustrates the importance of hospitality and tourism to the UK economy.  

“The corresponding recovery can be as equally dramatic but we must be given a date to reopen by the 4 July and we must be given the right conditions, with a distancing rule of one metre, and the right on-going support by the government to aid hospitality’s recovery, and to enable as many businesses as possible to survive, protecting jobs and communities.”

Phil Tate, group chief executive for CGA, said: “The UK’s hospitality sector employs over three million people and is a huge generator of revenues for the government. 

“Reopening is as soon as possible is vital not just for these businesses, but to enable the whole economy to be able to recover.”

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