Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that £10 million of government Regional Growth Fund (RGF) money will be used to back proposals for a clear strategy for tourism in the North of England.
Current statistics show that London has 4.5 times as many international Visitors than the North of England as a whole, whilst Scotland has twice as many tourists as Yorkshire.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:
“It’s absurd that our great north is missing out on visitors when it boasts such a stunning countryside, history and culture…
30% of UK visitors chose not to travel beyond London because, according to the DPM, they simply didn’t know what there was to see outside the capital.”
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association said: “This is very positive news – it shows that the government is seeing the massive potential of tourism to drive forward the economy and generate new jobs.