Institute of Hospitality EU Referendum survey results…

A slim majority of UK hospitality managers will vote to stay in the EU, according to a survey by the Institute of Hospitality.

Just over half of respondents (52.4%) said they would vote to stay in the EU, while more than a third (36.3%) said they would vote to leave, and 11.3% remained undecided.

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A little more than half (50.6%) of respondents thought that the UK hospitality industry would suffer outside the EU, while nearly one third (32.7%) thought that it would thrive.  16.7% of respondents were not sure either way.

The majority of respondents (53.8%) thought that employment was the key issue for the UK hospitality industry when voting in the EU referendum.

The next most important issue was tourism/customer demand (29.4%), while smaller numbers of respondents considered sovereignty (7.6%), the economy (5.9%) and red tape (3.3%) as the key issues for the UK hospitality sector.

Commenting on the results, Peter Ducker, chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality, said: “More than two thirds of our members are senior managers and our survey has revealed strong points of view on both sides of the debate. For those who are still undecided on how to vote on 23 June, we have reports and research relevant to hospitality, travel and tourism available to read and download from our homepage.”

The above survey results are based on 273 responses to an email survey sent to UK Institute of Hospitality members on 11 May 2016.

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Author: Institute of Hospitality

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