Tourism — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 30th January 2013.

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Photo of Lord Lee of Trafford Lord Lee of Trafford Liberal Democrat 3:15 pm, 30th January 2013

I know that my noble friend is very conscious of tourism's importance, but are the Government? On 31 December, the Prime Minister sent a three-page letter to all parliamentarians on the Olympics legacy. Unbelievably, there was not one word on tourism. Is my noble friend aware that tourism created one-third of all new UK employment in the two years to the end of 2011 and now accounts for 9% of all employment? Two months ago, the Intercontinental London Westminster opened, just by St James's Park tube station. Of its 170 permanent staff, only 68-or 40%-were from the United Kingdom. There were 13 each from Italy and Spain, 11 from Lithuania, 10 from France, eight from Poland and 47 who were from 30 other countries. It is a veritable United Nations. Just what are the Government doing to encourage our young people to embrace career opportunities in tourism and hospitality?