The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee launches an inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England. Rural Tourism provides around £17 billion a year to the English economy. But rural communities face some particular challenges to tourism growth such as transport connections, restrictions to broadband access and seasonal employment.
Although England has seen a rise in tourism spend in the past year from both domestic and international visitors, figures published by Visit England show that in 2014 just 18% of domestic overnight trips were taken to rural areas, down from 22% in 2012. Over 50% of international spend was in London. The inquiry will look into a number of matters relating to supporting rural growth.
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The Tourism Alliance written response can be accessed here:
The our oral evidence session transcript can be accessed here:
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Both the Tourism Alliance and British Destinations were asked to submit supplementary written evidence on three questions note posed during the oral evidences session: