Wyre Forest MP: 'Tourism is the key'

Wyre Forest MP: 'Tourism is the key'

Wyre Forest MP: 'Tourism is the key'

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WYRE Forest's MP has said a national surge in tourism could boost the district's businesses.

Conservative Mark Garnier was speaking after figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) last week announced what it said were record breaking tourism figures.

According to the ONS, there were 32.81 million visits from overseas in 2013, which is 1.97 million more visitors than in 2012 - a six per cent increase.

The large number of visitors spent £21 billion in 2013 and this is the first time the £20 billion mark has been passed.

Mr Garnier said: "This surge is great news for tourism in Wyre Forest and across the UK. Tourism is a key insudrty locally with premier attractions such as the West Midland Safari Park and the Severn Valley Railway.

"We also have a wealth of attractions across the whole district - Stourport canal basins, the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster, Harvington Hall and the Wyre Forest itself also all attract vast numbers of visitors to the area.

"The industry boosts our economy significantly and supports a huge number of jobs locally. Nationally, it has been estimated the industry's contribution will rise to £257 billion by 2025 and support 3.7 million jobs.

"It is therefore essential we continue to support this vital industry locally."

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8:49pm Mon 2 Jun 14

stour67 says...

tourism is not the key manufacturing is,tourism is based on low pay and zero contract ,where manufacturing are real jobs with real wages,but thanks to maggie that was destroyed in the 80s so she could break the unions.Look around kidderminster and stourport to see the result,1000s of local jobs gone forever.
tourism is not the key manufacturing is,tourism is based on low pay and zero contract ,where manufacturing are real jobs with real wages,but thanks to maggie that was destroyed in the 80s so she could break the unions.Look around kidderminster and stourport to see the result,1000s of local jobs gone forever. stour67
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1:16pm Tue 3 Jun 14

GGmommy says...

All very well if the places are attracting said tourists! Bewdley struggles to keep basic facilities like public toilets open and that's assuming if you want to use these facilities you can actually park! How about investing in the towns and jobs rather than hoping some other industry sector will do it for you?
All very well if the places are attracting said tourists! Bewdley struggles to keep basic facilities like public toilets open and that's assuming if you want to use these facilities you can actually park! How about investing in the towns and jobs rather than hoping some other industry sector will do it for you? GGmommy
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