Shout loud for farming tourism…

20 July 2001

Shout loud for farming tourism…

There is money available to regenerate and publicise tourism, but unless farmers produce statistics and make their voices heard, funding for farm-based tourism could miss out.

Farmers with tourism

industries suffering from the effects of foot-and-mouth should contact the new

minister for tourism now

to tell her how they have been affected.

At the recent CBI tourism

conference – Restoration or Regeneration – Tessa Jowell, newly-appointed secretary of state for culture, media and sport, with responsibility for tourism, said: "I want to

listen to the industry."

She wants statistics: How rural tourism has been

affected, loss of earnings, loss of bookings, etc. Governments work on

statistics, and until her department has these there was little that could, or would, be done to help rural tourism. In her speech the minister paid tribute to attractions such as the Eden project, Lowry Museum, National Botanical Gardens of Wales – but her only comment about farm tourism was to ask farmers to re-open paths.

Her final request was "tell us how regulations can be removed or improved".

Anyone who wants to comment should e-mail or write to Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State, 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH

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