“We are pleased that the Government recognises the important role that tourism plays in boosting the UK economy and that it has provided this much needed funding."
Responding to the Government’s £10 million new funding to boost tourism in England announced at the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference today, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:
“We are pleased that the Government recognises the important role that tourism plays in boosting the UK economy and that it has provided this much needed funding.
“Councils are best-placed to boost visitor economies and are trying to find innovative ways of supporting culture and heritage.
“As well as helping our existing tourism businesses, it is vital that the UK investments help spread the benefits of the visitor economy to all parts of the country.
“Many businesses will also need ongoing access to the Government’s support packages until they can return to profitability next summer.”
Statistics released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show that tourism and hospitality businesses are most reliant on government support packages, and experiencing a significantly slower recovery.