The private sector
16. Although some large businesses do exist, tourism
in the UK is an industry where small, often family-run businesses
predominate. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of tourism businesses
are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Tourism associations, such as those listed below, play an important
role in communicating the views held by different sectors of the
- The British Hospitality Association
represents the hotel, restaurant and catering industry;
- UKinbound represents the interests of companies
deriving a substantial part of their income from the provision
of tours and tourism services for overseas visitors within Britain;
- The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers
and Attractions (BALPPA) represents the commercial piers, theme
/ amusement parks, attractions and zoos sector; and
- The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
(ALVA) also represents the attractions sector.
Each of the above, together with 45 other tourism-related
associations, is a member of the "Tourism Alliance".
Representing a total of 200,000 businesses, the Tourism Alliance
considers itself "the voice of the UK tourism industry".