Tourism is one of the main industries suffering from the effects of flooding and the consequent cleanup operation. According to the British Hospitality Association, some hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions in affected areas may be closed for months while repairs are carried out. Bob Cotton, the association’s chief executive said that these businesses would need help from the government and from banks in order to conserve their cash flow and recover financially. Pubs, hotels and other businesses hit by the floods will be allowed to defer tax payments to HM Revenue and Customs without penalties. Financial Times 28/707 page 2, page 6 The Times 28/7/07 page 50 (Need To Know, Business)