The chairman of Torbay Labour Party, councillor Darren Cowell, has written to Torbay’s mayor asking him to write to the Prime Minister urging him to re-instate a Minister for Tourism.
Cllr Cowell said: “I find it incredibly short-sighted that the Prime Minister has seen such an important post as unnecessary. The sector accounts for over £2 billion of our economy in Devon and Cornwall and provides opportunities for growth – yet the Conservatives have scrapped the post.
“I hope that now the Olympics are over the government will not fail to build upon the opportunities they presented. The London 2012 games were always about their legacy – not just for sport, but economic opportunities – especially tourism.
“I have written to the mayor asking him to seek reassurances from the government that they are not downgrading their commitment to tourism and that a Minister for Tourism should be re-appointed.
Cllr Cowell added: “As the Conservative mayor is renowned for his support of the industry, I am hoping he will accept my request and write to the Prime Minister.”
I am sure, like me, you are aghast that the Conservative-led government has abolished the post of a Minister for Tourism.
We know that tourism is an extremely important element of the economy in Devon & Cornwall, valued at over £2bn, and is especially important here in Torbay.
The opportunities for tourism to play its’ part in economic recovery in Torbay and the wider region is plain to see – especially on the back of the Olympics and the global attention the UK has received.
I note that many tourism organisations have called for the post to be re-instated, many of whom are fearful that the sector is being downgraded following the Olympics.
As mayor of a leading sea-side tourist destination I would urge that you write to the Prime Minister asking that this important post is re-instated as a matter of urgency. I would also ask that you seek reassurances from him that he still considers the tourism sector an important area that can provide growth.
I look forward to your reply.