Sue joined Tourism Minister Michael Ellis to shine a spotlight on the tourism industry during English Tourism Week, which runs from 30th March to 7th April 2019.
Sue met with representatives of the national tourist board Visit England, to hear about the opportunities tourism presents for the economy. Now in its eighth year, English Tourism Week raises the profile and showcases the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy.
English Tourism Week this year celebrates 50 years as the British Tourist Authority. The Development of Tourism Act was passed in 1969 and Visit England are using this milestone to look back on the importance of tourism progression and its value to destinations across the nations and regions, local businesses and to champion the future of tourism as one of the UK’s biggest drivers of economic growth and employment.
“Tourism is incredibly important to the Cumbrian economy. It’s good for local businesses, good for local jobs, and good for our communities. Across England, tourism employs more than 2.6m people and generates over £100bn a year for the British economy.
“English Tourism Week is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate the success of our tourism industry, and to promote the superb range of destinations and attractions across the country, particularly here in Cumbria, where tourism is worth around £3bn to our county’s economy and supports over 35,000 local jobs.”