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Tourism: Finance

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an estimate for benchmarking purposes of the level of financial support given to the tourist industry in other EU member states by their governments. (275814)

DCMS does not keep a record the financial support given to the tourist industry in other EU member states by their Governments.

However in 2005 the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) published the following figures in their report ‘Structures and Budgets of National Tourism Organisations, 2004/05’. These figures only reflect central government funding for marketing inbound tourism, and do not include regional or local government spend on marketing. These figures have been converted into sterling from dollars at the March 2005 exchange rate.

The UNWTO have confirmed they plan to publish updated figures in the autumn for the period 2006-08.

Country (alphabetical)

Public sector budget for 2005 administer by National Tourist Office/Agency (£ million1)

Percentage public sector contribution to total budget (i.e. rest from private sector)

Austria

30.6

64.9

Czech Republic

4.5

100

Denmark

18.2

62.3

Finland

17.6

61.1

France

33.7

53.6

Germany

20.6

78.8

Greece

80.6

93.7

Hungary

11.7

90.3

Ireland

43.7

97.2

Italy

32.9

86.7

Netherlands

18.5

64.3

Norway

18.9

32.2

Poland

5.1

89.8

Spain

63.7

100

Sweden

9.3

70.4

UK

35.5

72.9

1 Figures shown are converted to £ figures at the March 2005 exchange rate.

Source:

UNWTO, Structures and Budgets of National Tourism Organisations, 2005.