Tourism minister John Penrose celebrated the countdown to London 2012 with a whistle-stop tour of the Peak District and Derbyshire to witness the vital role that the industry plays in sustaining and stimulating the area’s economy.
Mr Penrose visited the area on Monday, August 22, at the invitation of official tourist board Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and some of its key public and private sector partners to see at first-hand the current and future challenges and opportunities they face.
Mr Penrose acknowledged that both the Peak District and Derbyshire are beautiful destinations that offer a fantastic range of attractions to their visitors. He was also pleased to see the private and public sectors working so closely together to encourage growth and inspire more people to visit the region. One of the key points of the Governments tourism policy is to encourage destination management organisations and tourism bodies to be more effective and strongly business-focused.
By the same token destination management organisations and tourism bodies are dependent on Government funding. So let’s hope for their sakes that Mr Penrose enjoyed his five star nose bag at the award winning East Lodge and will continue to sponsor the respective agencies in this area.Follow @pdview