Around the world the hospitality industry is one of the main employers and a main source of GDP for some nations, providing a steady source of income for many. In the UK alone, the hospitality industry is the 4th biggest employer and provides over £73bn of GVA directly to the UK economy, and a further £87bn indirectly.
In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global hospitality industry, forcing the entire industry to close down, leaving hundreds of thousands of pubs and restaurants unable to open back up.
Extending further than food and drink, the pandemic has seen football clubs, hotels and conferences centres miss out on vital revenue. Reports say that 4,000 grassroots football clubs might close and 72 football league clubs are in danger, the hotel industry may take until 2023 to recover, and that some conference centres may be closed for good.
The main problem facing these areas of hospitality is without the assurance of safe and Covid-19 free spaces, customers are both unable and reluctant to return.