BFUF – the Swedish hospitality sector’s own tool for research and innovation

The aim of BFUF (the R&D Fund of the Swedish Tourism & Hospitality Industry) is to promote scientific research and innovation within the hospitality sector. Every year we advertise research funds for research projects that contribute to the development of the sector. We employ a long-term approach to engage the best and most highly qualified researchers to study the hospitality sector.

BFUF’s scientific council, which has five members with Ph.Ds, assesses applications and supports BFUF’s Board of Directors in its decisions regarding funding. We also initiate our own development projects.

BFUF was established jointly by Visita (Swedish hospitality industry) and the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union (HRF). Through these parties, companies working in the hospitality sector annually contribute around SEK 8 million to our operations.

The hospitality sector is made up of several segments. The largest of these are hotels, restaurants, other accommodation, transport and retail.