It's no secret that the hospitality industry has been among the sectors most ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. So for National Hospitality Day on September 18, the whole borough is being urged to support their local venues in recognition of that hardship.
National Hospitality Day is intended to be a celebration of the hotels, restaurants, bars, food service outlets, and the suppliers who service them.
It is a day for the industry to showcase themselves and for us to support them by visiting our favourite bistros, coffee houses and eateries.
The impact of Covid-19 obviously meant that the primary focus of Government and businesses has been the safety of people. However, the impact of this upon the hospitality industry has been catastrophic with hotels and restaurants being shut down and resulting in thousands of businesses and livelihoods being lost.
Speaking ahead of National Hospitality Day Councillor William McCandless said "The perfect storm of forced closures, staffing, and supply chain issues has left many hanging on by a thread and hopefully by highlighting their plight through a recognition day it will create additional footfall and engagement with the venues we enjoy.
"Whether it be the pint you enjoy in your local, the coffee and traybake, your Friday night takeaway, or your hotel weekend break - we all enjoy it and appreciate that this industry is part of the fabric of our lives.
"It is estimated that £220M daily has been lost to the hospitality industry throughout the UK in the year from Apr 2020 to Mar 2021 with an approximation of over 600K job losses.
"Yet through it, all many hotels throughout the UK made their venues available for NHS employees, many restaurants donated food to charities and were a lifeline of support to many who were on the breadline or fearful of leaving their homes.
"As we return to some semblance of normality, if your health permits and you feel you are able to participate, this is an opportunity for you to support the hospitality industry and show your appreciation for them.