Tourism and Leisure Industry

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives her Department has supported to promote the regeneration of the tourism and leisure industry in seaside towns.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Creative Industries & Tourism)

My Department invests over £50 million a year in tourism marketing through VisitBritain, which recognises the continuing importance of the seaside within British tourism.

Likewise, my Department's support for other cultural sectors, such as built heritage, museums and leisure facilities benefits coastal towns as it does the rest of the country.

And I am working with stakeholders outside London, including the British Resorts and Destinations Association to ensure that the country as a whole takes full advantage of the tourism opportunities of the 2012 Games.

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