TV Licensing: Hoteliers to get ready for Valentine's get-away

With Valentine’s Day - the first celebratory weekend of 2015 - just around the corner, TV Licensing is appealing to hotels and guest houses across the UK to make sure they are correctly licensed.

Whether the establishment is a budget hotel, a boutique B&B, luxury spa resort or serviced apartments, a licence is needed if guests or staff are watching or recording TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV.

For many smaller hotels and guesthouses, the cost of a TV Licence is the same as for a private house - £145.50 a year. This is the same for those using websites such as Airbnb to let out their property or spare room. Hotels with more than 15 rooms are covered by one licence for the first 15 rooms, but will need an additional licence for every five thereafter.

Claire Wotherspoon, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:

Industry stats show there are about 450,000 hotels and guesthouses throughout the UK, with a total of 730,000 rooms ready for guests looking to get away this Valentine’s Day. As well as stocking up and getting front of house ready for the big getaway, hotel managers can take the opportunity to speak to our friendly team of advisors and get their licence organised for the year ahead.

Peter Ducker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, added:

Offering guests access to high-quality TV is a big draw for the UK’s wide range of hotels and guesthouses. Allowing small hotels and guesthouses to pay the same amount for this service as a private household represents very good value for money. Any proprietors who are unsure of their licensing requirements should contact TV Licensing and ensure they are compliant with the law.

Buying a licence is easy, and hoteliers can pay using BACS or electronic transfer. For more information about TV Licensing requirements for hotels and accommodation providers, call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6124 or visit

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