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Tourism: Standards

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what target his Department has set for tourism growth in the period 2008-11; (187171)

(2) when he plans to announce a new tourism growth target for 2008-11;

(3) what progress his Department has made towards the target of increasing turnover in the tourism industry to £100 billion by 2010, as described by his predecessor, the right hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde, in departmental media release 140/05, dated 20 October 2005; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 20 February 2008]: The present DCMS strategic target for tourism growth is total UK turnover of £100 billion by 2010. This was agreed with the industry, the Regional Development Agencies and the Local Government Association in 2004, and announced in the policy document “Tomorrow's Tourism Today”. The industry's turnover was £85.6 billion in 2006, compared to £74.2 billion in 2003.

Since 2004 the outlook for the UK tourism industry has changed considerably, particularly because of the opportunities of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Accordingly, DCMS announced in October 2007 in “Winning: A tourism strategy for 2012 and beyond”, that it would work with the industry and its public sector partners towards agreeing a revised strategic target for tourism.