The tourism industry in the UK was disappointed to learn of the announcement that John Penrose has stood down from his position as Minister for Tourism following the Government’s decision to reduce DCMS now that the Olympic Games are ending. Of even greater concern to the industry are indications from Government that his position will not be replaced.
Tourism Alliance, of which the UK Chapter is a member, issued a press release and Chairman, Michael Hirst OBE stated "That a very effective Minister that has the confidence and support of the industry he represents feels that he has no choice other than to stand down as a result of decreased resources is a damning indictment of Government’s tourism policy."
“The UK has just hosted the most successful Olympics in history and we should be doing everything we can to maximise the tourism legacy in order to provide the growth and employment that the UK economy sorely needs. Yet the Government seems set on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.”
John Penrose’s departure comes just two years after the Prime Minister made a major speech at the Serpentine Gallery where he identified tourism as one of the key industries for re-building and rebalancing the UK economy.
Postscript: On 6th September, it was announced that Hugh Robertson was appointed to the new role of Minister for Sport, Olympic Legacy and Tourism