Bristol hoteliers are hoping for a ‘Christmas miracle’

Hoteliers in Bristol have said they are hoping for a “Christmas miracle” after the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement last month.
Members of the Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA), which represents 40 hotels in the city, said they were concerned about Mr Hunt’s announcement that the National Living Wage is to be increased by almost 10% from next April.
BHA chair Raphael Herzog said the extension of the business rates relief scheme is “cold comfort” in the face of the increased wage costs and the continuing high prices for energy, food and drink. BHA also said their businesses were left out of the announcement.
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Mr Herzog said: “The fact that the Chancellor chose to freeze alcohol duty is one less cost f …