Government has consistently failed to recognise scale of challenge facing culture, sport and tourism
23rd July 2020
Government ministers have consistently failed to recognise the scale of the threat of Covid-19 to the tourism, culture, sports and media industries, say MPs in a damning report published today.
The TMI submitted eveidence and was quoted in the report. See more below:
The DCMS Committee Report says the response by the government department responsible for all four sectors was hampered by a lack of money, as well as a fundamental misunderstanding across government of their needs, structures and vital social contribution.
DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:
“We are witnessing the biggest threat to our cultural landscape in a generation."
The TMI submission gets a mention in Section 5:
"The scale and severity of such gaps has led some to question why Government as a whole, and HM Treasury specifically, has failed to respond to the needs, or understand the value of, the DCMS sectors during this crisis. The Tourism Management Institute questions why the “value of tourism to the economy […] never seems to register strongly with BEIS or Treasury” and states “this is bizarre when tourism spend drives vast swathes of UK plc—aviation, manufactured products, construction, transport, logistics etc”.
Find the full report here.