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Tourism Business Support

Starting up an accommodation business in Wealden

Whilst operating a tourism business can be very enjoyable, there are many things to be considered when deciding to take the plunge and it can be a very daunting challenge.

There are many things to consider – from complying with the relevant legislation to ensuring that you know what your rights are when guests don’t pay or cancel their booking and what records you need to keep for overseas visitors. Listed below are some key websites where you can access all the relevant information you will need.

Quality in Tourism  

Quality In Tourism is the assessment service for VisitEngland and is the largest provider of quality assessment in England, awarding ratings to more than 23,000 accommodation businesses annually.

AA Accommodation Grading Scheme 

The AA is one of the UK’s most recognised and trusted brands recommending and acknowledging hotels for over a century. If you run a hotel, guest house, self catering or camping park you will understand the benefit of being associated with a well-established recognition scheme. An AA rating can make a big difference to how customers view your establishment.

In collaboration with VisitEngland, VisitScotland and VisitWales, the AA has developed Common Quality Standards for inspecting and rating hotels and guest accommodation. These standards and rating categories are now applied throughout the British Isles. Any hotel or guest house applying for AA recognition receives an unannounced visit from an AA inspector to check standards.

Fire Risk Assessments

For information about fire regulations and fire safety risk assessments visit the following websites:

Business Newsletter

Our monthly Newsletter for all businesses in Wealden.