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Tourism: Local Government

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage best practice among local authorities on the promotion of tourism. (310273)

Working with local authorities will be a central part of the tourism strategy for England currently being developed by VisitEngland, which is expected to be launched shortly. My Department also supports an initiative called the Charter for Placemaking and Destination Management. This provides guidance to local authorities on the promotion, development and measurement of the impact of tourism within their localities, and on working with the industry and public sector partners.

The Department continues to engage with the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Local Government Association, and other partners (for example, Destination Performance UK and the British Resorts and Destinations Association) to promote these initiatives and the local visitor economy in general.