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New government tourism action plan revealed

TourismThe Government is bringing forward a number of measures in an attempt to boost tourism, as a weaker pound makes trips to Britain a cheaper option for foreigners.

The Tourism Action Plan released by the Government outlines how they will be supporting the tourism industry and ensuring the benefits of tourism will be felt across the United Kingdom.

The industry as a whole provides 1.6 million jobs across the country, and 2015 saw the greatest number of overseas visits to the UK on record, bringing in £22.1 billion into the economy.

Domestic overnight spend also reached record numbers, hitting £19.6 billion in England, highlighting how the sector continues to go from strength to strength.

The plan outlines initiatives on regulation and red tape to help small businesses capitalise on a post-Brexit boom and encourage visitors to travel outside of London.

A new Discover England Fund, which is worth £40 million, will be utilised to try and strengthen regional tourism, although a number of areas, such as the South East, South West and the Midlands have all seen visitor rates grow faster than London over the past year.

A large part of the fund will also be used to incentivise England’s destination organisations and businesses to join up to build world class tourism experiences and products.

Regulatory changes were also outlined in the action plan, including allowing B&B’s to serve some alcohol and also allowing owners to give guests a lift from train stations to the accommodation.

A flexible apprentice scheme for seasonal workers will also be introduced, so those in the hospitality industry, for example, will be able to train staff over 18 months rather than just 12.

The Government has also announced a series of new single-booking fix rail itineraries to encourage visitors to travel around the country.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley, believes that with world-class museums, stunning countryside and heritage sites the UK has a huge amount to offer tourists, from both abroad and at home.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your budget travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 30 August 2016

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