Culture & Tourism / 23 July 2015

BBPA welcomes Government response to Select Committee tourism report

Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Association, has today welcomed the Government’s response to the DCMS Select Committee report on tourism.

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“I welcome this response, which very much builds on the Government’s five-point Tourism Plan announced last week. It is good to see the continued support for the GREAT campaign, given we have worked so hard to make British beer and pubs an integral part of attracting people to the UK.

“Support for more Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) is also a positive step, to draw on best practice demonstrated in areas such as Cumbria to support the tourism industry.

“Sharing application centres for visas should help to encourage more Chinese visitors to the UK, and the Government also reiterates a manifesto commitment to simplify and speed up visas for tourists.

“There is certainly scope for further action, such as more deregulation and a closer look at how the VAT system and business rates hold back expansion of the industry, but overall it is a very positive response.”

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