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Tourism: Gloucestershire

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department allocated to Gloucestershire for the purposes of tourism in each of the last 10 years. (315879)

The information requested is not held centrally. south west RDA has the primary role in taking forward a regional tourism strategy, and in deciding on tourism investment that would affect Gloucestershire. The reported tourism investment of the south west regional development agency for 2008-09 across the entire region was £3 million.

In partnership with the industry and the wider public sector, the DCMS has a clear and coherent policy framework for industry growth. This includes branding and marketing improvement led by VisitBritain; the National Tourism Skills Strategy; work across Britain to drive up product quality through accommodation grading schemes and the better co-ordination of public investment of over £350 million a year in tourism at national, regional and local levels.

In addition, the overall level of public sector investment in tourism from local, regional and national sources is likely to exceed £2 billion in the current spending review period. The Government believe this public investment is a good and reasonable investment in support for the tourism and hospitality industry.