Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase tourism in the West Midlands.
A number of the projects funded by the £40 million Discover England Fund, launched by Government in 2016 and delivered by VisitEngland, are based in the West Midlands and aim to support and increase visits and spend by international tourists to the region through the provision of innovative, bookable itineraries and routes:
The region will also host two major arts and culture and sporting events in the coming years:
In the past three years, IPS data indicates that inbound tourism to the West Midlands has hit new heights, welcoming 2.38 million visitors in 2017 and 2.2 million in 2018. Last year these visitors spent £836 million, a year-on-year increase of 4%.
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