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Bourne Leisure Invited As Witnesses For Tourism Inquiry

Representatives from Bourne Leisure have been asked to provide oral evidence in front of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday 28th October. The company is the largest independently owned holiday business in the UK and operates under three different holiday brands, Butlin’s, Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels.

On the 23rd July 2014, the Select Committee announced an inquiry into tourism and invited key players in the tourism and hospitality industry to submit written evidence. An unprecedented 79 submissions were received by the Committee, who then selected a number of industry experts to attend as witnesses for the oral evidence session.

The first session will be held tomorrow (Tuesday 28th October) and  the committee will hear the opinions of tourism experts which will be used to compile the report, aimed at helping the sector achieve its full potential throughout the United Kingdom.

John Dunford, CEO, Bourne Leisure Holdings Ltd, Dermot King, Managing Director, Butlins and   Jackie Martin, Director of Sales & Marketing will be sharing their views based on Borne Leisure’s written evidence published on the Select Committee’s website, available here: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/culture-media-and-sport-committee/tourism/written/12735.html

The overarching theme of the inquiry is to examine ways in which the tourism industry can be developed for the benefit of both local economies and the country as a whole.

Among the issues which have been identified by the Committee are the need to:

  • Encourage tourism to parts of the UK other than London and a  few other heavily visited cities
  • Reverse a long-term decline in seaside destinations
  • Reduce regulatory burdens on business
  • Revise the application of taxes and fees to visitors from overseas, for example in relation to VAT, Air Passenger Duty, visa and other costs
  • Redress Visa and border arrangements
  • Improve the competitiveness of hotel accommodation in comparison to other countries
  • Increase skills and training within the domestic tourism sector
  • Put in place structural arrangements for tourism promotion, including public funding  and the roles of local enterprise partnerships, VisitBritain, VisitEngland and similar organisations in the rest of the UK

A transcript of the session will also be available early next week on the Select Committee’s website

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