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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.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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

No holidays during term time hits south west tourism

Tougher penalties for taking children out of school during term time is having an effect on our tourism industry Credit: PA:Matt Cardy

Tougher penalties for taking children out of school during term time is having an effect on our tourism industry.

Tourism bosses say fewer families are holidaying in our region at this time of year - and it's hotels and attractions that are paying the price.

Tourism Society Westcountry says the problem has cost west country tourism £87 million.

Robin Barker from Tourism Society Westcountry has been speaking to ITV News.

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Tourism conference hopes to lift the winter gloom

Westcountry tourism is under the spotlight in Exeter today Credit: ITV News West Country

With the current bad weather summer may seem a very long way off, but that will be one of the topics of discussion on the first day of the Westcountry Tourism Conference.

Now in its third year, the two day event is taking place at the Westpoint Arena near Exeter. Among the speakers will be the travel journalist Simon Calder.

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