§ Lord Harrison
asked Her Majesty's Government.
What was the outcome of the Tourism Summit held on 6 March. [HL1606].
§ Lord McIntosh of Haringey
At the second annual Tourism Summit on 6 March, Ministers from across Government met to consider progress in implementing the Government's tourism strategy and priorities for Government policies affecting tourism. Ministers agreed to build on the work started at the first Summit in March 2000 and to continue to take tourism interests and the impact on tourism into account when developing policies. Other key outcomes included:
- announcing plans from new guidance on signs to tourist attractions and facilities;
- publishing the results of research on planning for leisure and tourism;
- funding new projects to improve competitiveness and minimise waste in the hospitality industry;
- ensuring that seaside resorts gain the maximum benefit from government policies and funding, including Lottery funding;
- identifying the difficulties that the foot and mouth outbreak is causing for tourism and the need for policies on controlling the outbreak to take account of the wider economic impacts; and
- agreeing to continue to work for better regulation in tourism.
A full report of the summit will be published. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.