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Tourism: Coastal Areas

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance the Government is providing to coastal towns to increase tourism to such towns in 2008-09. (249777)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: VisitBritain is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to promote Britain overseas as a tourist destination and co-ordinate the domestic marketing of England, with VisitEngland which includes the promotion of coastal towns. In addition, this Department has made available a funding package of £45 million (£15 million p.a. over three years) through the Sea Change Programme which aims to catalyse the regeneration of seaside resorts in England through cultural and heritage projects. This programme will not only benefit the local community, but also help boost the visitor economy of resorts. £14.6 million has been made available to 15 resorts through the programme in 2008-09.