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David Cameron expected to announce £5 million tourism investment

David Cameron is today expected to announce a £5 million investment in tourism in the region.

The move has been welcomed by the VisitEngland Chief James Berresford who said the five point plan to support tourism growth across the UK was further recognition of the enormous value and contribution of the industry.

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Placing tourism at the heart of Government will do much to support plans to rebalance the economy.

We have invested £57m of Government funds in English tourism over the past five years which has to date generated over £1.5 billion growth in visitor spending and created over 28,000 jobs.

We aim to build on this success with both the Northern and South West Tourism Growth Funds, and the proposed Product Development Fund recommended in the Triennial Review of VisitEngland.

– James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief

As part of a £5million South West Tourism Growth Fund announced by Government, a range of activity will take place to grow tourism, deliver economic growth and boost export earnings in the South West of England.

Our ambition for the South West Tourism Growth Fund is to work closely with VisitBritain and partner destinations to create an additional visitor spend of £60 million, supporting the creation of 1,000 jobs to boost the South West visitor economy.

– James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief

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More money flowing into the West's seaside towns

The West Country's seaside towns will be getting more financial help next year, after the Government announced it is increasing the Coastal Communities Fund.

The money is designed to boost economic growth by helping local businesses.

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Hopes for a better 2013 for tourism industry

2012 was a tough year for tourism in the South West. The Olympic effect, the difficult economic climate and unsettled weather resulted in a 6% national drop in rural domestic trips and 2% drop in longer domestic breaks. That impact has been felt across the industry, but there’s little doubt that the impact has been the least on businesses that have continued to invest in excellence – in their infrastructure, their people, their marketing, their skills. Those are the kind of businesses that win tourism awards and I invite them all to enter.”

– Robin Barker, Awards Co-ordinator