HL Deb 02 April 2003 vol 646 c135WA
Lord Fearn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any of the British Tourist Authority's offices abroad are to be closed this year; how many, if any, are planned to be opened in the next two years; and in which countries. [HL2202]

The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone)

Visit Britain (formerly the British Tourist Authority) has recently reviewed its operations in Germany and South America, which will result in some rationalisation following consultations with staff. Over the next two years Visit Britain plans to expand its activities into China, South Korea, Poland and Russia, but currently there are no plans to open offices in those countries or elsewhere.