Worcester MP, Robin Walker has lauded the contribution of Worcester to the national tourism industry, as MPs celebrate English Tourism Week in Parliament. Events are taking place across the country, celebrating the many gems that Britain has to offer.

Tourism is one of England’s largest and most valuable industries, supporting thousands of businesses and the transport, rural and retail sectors as well as sport, museums and galleries, theatre and other performing arts. Tourism is one of the few sectors active in every part of the country employing more than 2.6 million people and generating more than £106 billion a year for the British economy. This year is particularly special, celebrating the 50th anniversary since the development of the Tourism Act.

Worcester has a thriving tourism industry with 46,000 inbound visitors and 155,000 domestic visitors travelling the region every year. Robin is pleased that £36.3 billion is spent in the West Midlands per year, providing a valuable injection of money into the local economy and builds on the £3million in funding to turn the railway arches into a business and arts hub, creating a new gateway for the city and a cultural destination for tourists.

Commenting on English Tourism Week, Robin said:

“Tourism contributes to both the national and local economy in Worcester. It is good for businesses, good for jobs and good for the community. We have a beautiful city with world-class facilities to offer.”

“Tourism Week offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase Worcester and put tourism centre stage. Worcester’s history goes back almost as far as Rome’s, and we have so much to be proud of.”

“Worcester has many beautiful destinations to showcase including the Cathedral, a lively city centre, the Guildhall, and I believe we can attract more visitors, especially through improving the railway connections as we are on the doorstep of the Cotswolds and Oxford.”

VisitEngland, Director Andrew Stokes said:

“English Tourism Week is a fantastic opportunity to shout about the many hidden gems that England has to offer. Whether it is contemporary culture in our vibrant cities, our countryside’s beautiful landscapes, or our seaside destinations, there is so much to see and do and we want as many people and businesses to get involved as possible.”

“We have a really fantastic week to look forward to in what is arguably the most exciting week England’s industry calendar, inspiring more Brits to explore England in springtime and throughout the summer as we celebrate our valuable industry, boosting it’s profile and acknowledging the hard-working people who go above and beyond for our visitors.”


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