According to the Bristol Hotel Association (BHA), its members suffered a difficult end to 2021 with many reporting business was at least 30% lower in December than they had hoped for.
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced last week that England’s Plan B measures are to end this Thursday (Jan 27), with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports both dropped.
The association said it hopes the end of Plan B and return to Plan A will give companies “more confidence” to organise hospitality events such as conferences again.
However, with no furlough scheme to fall back on and costs increasing, the BHA said more Government support is “vital” if businesses are to survive.
Raphael Herzog, chair of the Bristol Hoteliers Association, said: “We hope companies and large organisations will welcome this news and will now look to bring their staff together for larger conferences at our hotels.
“These events provide an important source of income to venues like hotels, which have made significant investments in making their conference facilities as Covid-safe as possible.”