A new Indoor Leisure Committee has been set up by UKHospitality, recognising the importance of indoor leisure businesses to Britain’s hospitality offering.
This diverse sector comprises a range of different businesses and established bodies from the industry - including indoor play, escape rooms, bowling, indoor golf, trampoline parks, amusement machines, competitive socialising and a range other indoor leisure venues.
The new committee, which has met for the first time, will be helping to represent the sector to share current issues affecting businesses, such as rates and planning, share best practice and highlight the economic impact the sector has been experiencing.
It is chaired by Tom Filer, the owner of Family Adventurers group of indoor playcentres and nurseries. Tom is also a member of the Association of Indoor Play’s Executive Committee.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Indoor leisure have been staples for families for decades, and now we’re seeing other innovations like escape rooms and indoor golf establish themselves in the market.
“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to set up this new committee that will ensure indoor leisure has a strong voice within UKHospitality and I’m looking forward to working with Tom in his role as chair.”
Mr Filer said: “I’m really excited to be chairing UKHospitality’s first indoor leisure committee. For too long the sector has not received the focus it deserves and I am looking forward to working with UKHospitality to better raise the profile of the industry within Westminster.
“The last few years have been challenging to say the least for all of hospitality and leisure, and the current outlook in the near term has its challenges too. I hope that this committee can effectively raise the industry-specific issues the sector is facing.”