BHA calls for separate foot-and-mouth inquiry

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The British Hospitality Association is calling for a separate inquiry by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport into the impact of the...

The British Hospitality Association is calling for a separate inquiry by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport into the impact of the foot-and-mouth outbreak on the tourism industry.

It claims the government's inquiry into the handling of the foot-and-mouth outbreak does not look in enough detail at its impact on the hospitality industry.

"It has to be recognised that the outbreak caused more damage to tourism than it did to farming," said Bob Cotton, chief executive of the association.

"An inquiry by the sponsoring department, with a specific focus on the impact on the tourism industry throughout the UK and internationally, would be far more relevant than one which is being led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

"There are a number of key lessons to be learned. The closure of large parts of the countryside and the public disposal of carcasses caused immense damage in overseas markets. A special inquiry into tourism would recognise the impact on overseas visitor numbers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and would be better able to make appropriate recommendations."

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