HC Deb 10 March 1999 vol 327 cc212-3W
Miss Geraldine Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his strategy for tourism, "Tomorrow's Tourism", what initiatives the Government are taking to widen access to tourism for the 40 per cent. of the population who do not take a long holiday. [75697]

Janet Anderson

"Tomorrow's Tourism" makes it clear that, if we are to widen access to tourism, we must first find out from those who do not take holidays what prevents them from doing so. Research into this is currently being carried out by the English Tourist Board. This will help to identify the market potential as well as any special needs which are not currently being met, and the level of training needed, to make sure that tourism businesses are able to cater for all customers.