“Addo. My promise to Wales”

As Wales’ tourism industry starts to re-open, our key communication message is ‘Visit Wales. Safely.’ This is a simple phrase that can be adapted for your business or local area, to encourage people to be responsible during their visit. We’ll be continuing with this messaging throughout the season. The focus of our messaging is a pledge that we’re encouraging everyone travelling around Wales to get behind, to do the little things that make a big difference. To make a promise together, to ‘Addo’ as we prepare to start exploring again, to care for each other, our land and for our communities. The pledge can be signed virtually on www.visitwales.com/promise Why […]

Important New Policy Guidance – Maintaining Records of Staff, Customers & Visitors

Coronavirus will be with us until an effective vaccine is available or there is enough immunity among the population. As lockdown restrictions ease, general rules around social distancing and handwashing will remain important in reducing the risk of transmission. WGs Test, Trace, Protect strategy will be key in controlling the spread of new outbreaks, particularly as public spaces start to re-open. As people increasingly come into greater contact with others, there is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in some sectors. This is because customers and visitors will spend a longer time on these premises than in other surroundings, and will potentially come into close contact with people outside of their […]

Safe2stay Foggers

One of our members, Lucy Miller from Llanfair Hall, Anglesey is a distributor for North Wales for safe2stay who sell really handy foggers that kill 99.99% of bacteria/viruses including covid. This is their website www.safe2stay.co.uk. Lucy can supply the canisters for £6 each including delivery and VAT. They take 20 minutes to work and are BS EN accredited. If interested please contact Lucy direct on the details below: Lucy Miller Llanfair Hall e: stay@llanfairhall.com m: 07946 388 869

Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further to support tourism and leisure sectors in Wales

From Monday, (13 July) the following will be able to open, subject to following the guidance about coronavirus-safe ways to operate: Hairdressing salons and barbershops, including mobile hairdressers.Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes outdoors.Outdoor cinemas.Indoor visitor attractions, but a small number of underground visitor attractions will remain closed for the time being because of the higher risks associated with these environments. The Welsh Government will continue to work with these attractions towards safe re-opening.Places of worship. Faith leaders can begin to gradually resume services when they are ready to do so safely. The Welsh Government is also making changes to the regulations to allow larger gatherings of up to 30 people […]

Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out – Monday 13 July

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink into claim the money back from the government There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or […]

VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

The government made an announcement on 8 July 2020 allowing VAT registered businesses to apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to: hospitalityhotel and holiday accommodationadmissions to certain attractions The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.If you’re a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reduced-rate-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions

High Level Software

High Level Software have launched new contactless functionality for their booking system for hotels & B&B’s. It functionality allows guests: Mobile, contactless check-in, accessed by auto SMS or emailOne-touch, online digital registration formRoom service and table service mobile ordering appMobile, contactless guest payments, using ‘tokenised’ or new cardMobile, contactless check-outAuto-email of invoices upon check-outAll updates delivered in real-time to HLS PMSDelivered to any smartphone or tablet For further information please contact Julie O’Reilly at julie.o@high-level-software.com or call 07487 530745. https://highlevelsoftware.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=d&c=336498D5BB0C77E0&ID=F40A608535747C3E2540EF23F30FEDED&temp=False&tx=0&source=CampaignSent

The Chancellor’s summer economic update: Background briefing

The Chancellor will make a statement to the House on Wednesday 8 July. He will outline plans to support the economy. The Chancellor’s statement is being labelled as a ‘summer economic update’. https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8957/CBP-8957.pdf Plans include a new £2bn scheme to create thousands of job placements for young peopleThe chancellor announces a temporary change to stamp duty – immediately increasing the threshold to £500,000Temporary cut to VAT on food, accommodation and attractions from 20% to 5% is announcedChancellor announces new job retention bonus for employers who bring back furloughed staffA £2bn “green homes grant” to help make homes more energy efficient is also unveiled https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-53333253 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back