The Caterer
Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Conservatives hit out at government ‘uninterest' in tourism

21 July 2008

The Conservatives have hit out at Culture Secretary Andy Burnham for being "uninterested" in tourism.

The accusation followed Burnham's appearance in front of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, during which he suggested that visa charges have not had an impact on tourism, with visitor numbers increasing.

In fact, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that visits by foreign tourists for the 12 months to May, actually fell by 700,000 compared to the previous year.

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "To dismiss the problems that the tourism industry faces is unbelievable.

"Andy Burnham has told us that visitor numbers were up and that visa charges have had no impact. He clearly hasn't been giving tourism the time and consideration it deserves.

"It is very worrying for the tourism industry to have a Secretary of State who appears so uninterested," he added.

Andy Burnham named new culture secretary >>

Government's tourism strategy criticised by MPs >>

Tourism minister storms off after slanging match with industry boss >>

Travelodge boss urges Government to tackle decline in tourism growth >>

Government's tourism review ‘flawed' >>

By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas here.

The Caterer Blog](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/catering-news-blog/) Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking