The unease of Leisure and Tourism continues, despite the Chancellor’s measures

The unease of Leisure and Tourism continues

Commenting on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s latest announcement, Will Hawkley, UK head of leisure at KPMG, said:


“With the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative already a distant memory, the Job Retention Scheme fast unwinding and COVID-19 re-engaging its firm grip on the nation, the leisure and tourism industry has understandably been feeling uneasy, if not left questioning its survival prospects. Depressed demand during the autumn and winter months – both within leisure and tourism – presents its own issue, with the addition of further social distancing restrictions amplifying the challenge.   

“While the Chancellor may have demonstrated that the sector’s woes haven’t been overlooked, most businesses are likely to conclude that the extension of the VAT cut and the latest job support measures don’t go far enough. As things currently stand, those that can quickly adapt and evolve their operating models in line with the restrictions will be more successful. Sadly, not all operators will be able to survive and further job losses will be inevitable without further Government support.”

Will Wright, head of regional restructuring for KPMG, added: “The sense of foreboding in the hospitality sector over the last 48 hours is palpable. Aggressive planning for all scenarios is now back on the table, with yet more CVAs and administrations having to be considered if operators are to survive over the winter months.”


Notes to Editors

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