Tourism: Coastal Areas

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 29th July 2019.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the tourism sector deal will be implemented; and if it will prioritise the regeneration of seaside towns.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Tourism Sector Deal was published on the 28th June with the aim of helping the tourism industry across the whole of the UK. The Deal sets a series of ambitions towards 2025, against which we will report annually.

We have invested in product development through the £40m Discover England Fund. In March 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and Coastal Revival Fund announced a further £36m of funding for our coastal towns. The House of Lords Select Committee reported in April 2019 on Regenerating Seaside Towns and the Government’s response was published on 4 June, with a debate on the response held in the House of Lords on 1 July. The report included recommendations relating to the Tourism Sector Deal, which the government broadly accepted and is now in the process of taking forward.

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