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Published on : Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The UK government has formed a new inter-ministerial group to work towards ensuring the right infrastructure in place to make it easy for visitors to discover the best of what the country has to offer.
The announcement was made prime minister David Cameron who laid out new five point plan to boost tourism right across the UK.
The group is headed by the culture secretary John Whittingdale and includes ministers from across government, including the department for communities and local government, BIS, DEFRA, home office, and the foreign and commonwealth office.
Focusing on five key areas the group shall work on better co-ordination to grow the tourism sector.
Speaking on the contribution of tourism the Prime Minister said, “For many areas tourism is a key industry bringing jobs, growth and security for working people. Tourism supports almost one in ten jobs in the UK and we want to re- balance the economy to make sure this boost is felt right across the country.”
He added, “Millions of overseas tourists visit the UK every year and most take in the sights of London. But Britain has so much more to offer, from the Cornish Riviera to the Scottish Highlands and everything in between.”
The prime minister announced a £ one million ‘Rail for Tourism innovation competition’. It calls for ideas to make exploring the UK by rail more attractive to tourists.