TMI Meets With Shadow Tourism Minister
19th June 2018
TMI President, Robin Barker FTMI, puts TMI view at yesterday's meeting with Kevin Brennan MP, Shadow Minister - Digital Culture Media and Sport - Arts & Heritage
Yesterday TMI attended a regional tourism consultation in the South West with Kevin Brennan (Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Arts and Heritage).
In a wide-ranging discussion we briefed the shadow minister on TMI, our membership growth and role in destination management. We highlighted the huge range of skills, expertise and keenness amongst members to take on many of the country’s tourism priorities in areas such as:
- Accommodation registration
- Product Development
However, we also stressed that to deliver many of the above, DMOs need firstly to exist, and that for many this is the over-riding challenge. With the benefits of DEF, LEP, BID and other funding some DMOs are both well funded and delivering great destination management, but there are huge chasms across the country where no such funding is available and in these areas there is often no destination management organisation in a position to help deliver government priorities.
Our ask of Government was to develop a co-ordinated strategy for UK destinations, including the many existing funding streams but ensuring there is countrywide coverage.
We stressed that Tourism is a successful industry, generating huge sums of income for the Exchequer, but that like all successful industries we need some of that income redirected to invest in our successful future.
Other topics in the agenda included skills, transport policy, funding for our protected landscapes, business rates, accommodation registration, VAT thresholds and the role of VisitEngland.