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Councils and domestic tourism a disaster in the making

The government has come up withe bright idea to get councils involved with tourism a recipe for disaster if ever there was one..

Local authorities as you know can barely organise a pi** up in a brewery let alone be left in charge of dealing with tourism…

Local government minister Greg Clark has been charged with identifying which councils can join together as ‘Tourism Economic Partnerships’.

Thats another word for those hated quangos, the black hole where money goes in but nothing comes out..

Local authorities across the UK are to be encouraged to work together to promote domestic tourism under new plans being drawn up at the DCMS.

Speaking at this morning’s Tourism Society conference in London, former shadow tourism minister Tobias Ellwood said the move would result in the tourism spend being spread across a region, as well as making regions easier to sell to visitors.

“We want to make sure that local authorities take a step back from ‘owning’ tourism, and create a partnership that genuinely reflect where a tourist might want to go,” he said.

Ellwood also raised the prospect that councils could be incentivised by central government to bring in tourists – and said that if he had been made minister following the election he would have made it statutory for every council to promote tourism.



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