It’s no secret that the hospitality industry has been among the sectors most ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. So for National Hospitality Day the September 18, the entire borough is invited to support its local sites in recognition of this ordeal.
National Hospitality Day is a celebration of hotels, restaurants, bars, food outlets and the suppliers that serve them.
It’s a day for the industry to showcase itself and for us to support them by visiting our favorite bistros, cafes and restaurants.
The impact of Covid-19 obviously meant that the primary focus of government and business was the safety of people. However, the impact of this situation on the hospitality industry has been catastrophic with the closure of hotels and restaurants and the loss of thousands of businesses and livelihoods.
Speaking ahead of National Hospitality Day, Councilor William McCandless said: “The perfect storm of forced shutdowns, staffing and supply chain issues has left a lot of people hanging on by a thread and hopefully the, by highlighting their predicament through a recognition day, it will create additional attendance and engagement with the places we value.
“Whether it’s the pint you enjoy in your room, the coffee and tray, your Friday night take out or your weekend hotel – we all appreciate it and appreciate that this industry is part of the fabric. of our lives.
“An estimated £ 220million per day was lost to the hospitality industry across the UK in the year from April 2020 to March 2021 with an approximation of over 600,000 job losses .
“Yet thanks to this all the many hotels in the UK have made their places available to NHS employees, many restaurants have donated food to charity and have been a lifeline for many of those who were on the bread line or who were afraid to leave their homes.
“As we return to some semblance of normalcy, if your health permits and you feel able to participate, this is an opportunity for you to support the hospitality industry and show your appreciation for them.