Over the past two years Members of PASC have been involved in creating a variety of reports to inform various parties of the size and importance of the self-catering sector.
The industry itself, and the government, all need to understand the economic impact that what was thought to be a ‘small’ industry contributes to the wider economy. We now have proof that we are part of a sector that generates £8.4bn in the economy and sustain 90,000 FTE (Full Time Employment) jobs. A remarkable contribution for a sector almost totally managed by micro-businesses.
We have also published a report on the impact on the sector of the recent business rate rises, which has been widely circulated and quoted. We will add more reports to this page as time goes by. The next reports will most likely cover occupancy and pricing.
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The Report from the All Party Parliamentary Group into the Sharing Economy
This report highlights the measures that the APPG feel should be put in place to ensure that the Sharing Economy is s positive, not a negative force in the wider tourism market.
The report makes a series of recommendations, most importantly saying that there must be a level playing field for all accommodation providers.
This report was published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on the 18th July 2018
The Economic Impact of The Rural and Coastal Self-Catering Sector
This report highlights the contribution that the self-catering sector makes on an accommodation only basis to the visitor economy in England. The total is £4.2bn and this sustains 20,000 full-time jobs.
The report also gives additional breakdowns into services offered by the businesses.
This was the first report that the industry published and will be updated in 2018.
Impact of Business Rate Rises on Self Catering Businesses
This report shows that professional self-caterers (with more than 13 bed-spaces in total) are being hit with increases in their Business Rates bills from 1st April 2017, of between 43% and 71%.
These increases cannot be justified in the current climate, whereby the Government itself is recognising that rural and coastal SME’s and Microbusinesses are under huge pressure and need greater support, as evidenced by the Government’s Rural Tourism Enquiry.
Self-Catering Holidays in England – Economic Impact 2015
This report shows how much the visitors spend when on a self-catering holiday.
£4.2bn in direct visitor spend, almost exactly pound for pound with the accommodation spend. This sustains 70,000 full time jobs.
Combining this report with the Economic value of the bookings, mean that the self-catering sector contributes over £8.5bn to the visitor economy in England and 90,000 full-time jobs. There are Scottish figures available from the ASSC.