Tourism Sector Deal
2nd July 2019
The Government announced the Tourism Sector deal last week (28 June '19), giving the tourism and hospitality industry the recognition it deserves as a forward-looking industry and a creator of jobs.
As previously reported in our newsletters, TMI has been a strong supporter of the Sector Deal, putting the destination management perspective through our presence on the Tourism Alliance Board and representation on the Skills Working Group. The Sector deal is jointly signed by VisitBritain, BEIS and DCMS, and has ambitious plans to help grow the inbound sector by 25% by 2025. It plans to back "small business, entrepreneurs and innovators", and "increase productivity and investment to benefit local economies". Delegates to the TMI Convention – 23/24 October in Chester - will be able to get the latest updates from VisitBritain’s Antony Pickles
A range of activity is outlined in the document, ranging from connectivity to education (with new T levels), business events to transportation. It outlines a series of ideas, with the most relevant to many TMI members being the Tourism Zones.
These will be coordinated across LEP's, local authorities and DMOs, who will "join together to develop a strategy for how they plan to grow their local visitor economy." Target areas will include extending the tourism season, upskilling, accessibility and enhancing the visitor experience. More information will be forthcoming with the bidding process open in December and the successful applicants being advised in March 2020.