Mark Menzies urges Government to back coastal tourism

MP Mark Menzies has urged the Government to continue to support Britain’s coastal resorts after a successful summer season on the Fylde coast.

The Member of Parliament raised the issue in the House of Commons during Culture, Media and Sport Questions last week.

Mr Menzies said: “Hoteliers on the Fylde coast have told me they have had one of the best tourist seasons in well over a decade.

“What steps is the Minister taking to ensure the great British coastal resorts such as those in Fylde have a bumper 2015?”

Tourism Minister, Helen Grant MP, replied: “Coastal towns are an important part of our tourism economy and I am pleased to say that the Government have recently announced £10m of funding for tourism in the north of England.

“I hope that the Fylde will get involved with the fund, which will bring even more tourists to our fantastic northern coastal towns.”

Following the session, Mr Menzies said he was pleased that the Government was investing in tourism locally.

He added: “Northern coastal towns have suffered severe neglect in recent years and not enough has been done to promote them as a viable destination for a new generation of holidaymaker.

“It is important that there is a focus on ensuring the money is spent in the right places and targeting the correct markets.

“While people look at the Fylde coast and see Blackpool as the biggest driver of the tourist trade, bringing in large numbers of visitors is just as important for St Annes, Lytham and rural Fylde.”

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