The visitor economy is one of this country's strongest performing sectors and councils play a crucial role creating the conditions for it to thrive.

Councils have long recognised, and supported, the value of the visitor economy to local growth, jobs and prosperity. The visitor economy was worth £121 billion in 2014 and supports almost one in ten jobs. The LGA is supporting councils' leadership of the visitor economy and working with VisitEngland and VisitBritain to maximise the economic benefits for English destinations, including opportunities from devolution.

Contact

If you have any queries or would like further information about our work on tourism and the visitor economy please contact:

Ian Leete
Email: ian.leete@local.gov.uk

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English tourism can soar under devolution, say councils

27 September 2016

English tourism can soar under devolution deals with new figures revealing the tourist industry is set to grow by nearly three per cent every year over the next decade, research by the LGA revealed today.

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Tourism

Rugby World Cup 2015 – Latest

The Rugby World Cup, the third largest sporting event in the world, has kicked off! 13 councils across the country are involved in hosting events with many more using the occasion to inspire participation and boost tourism.

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Coastal tourism report published

Coastal tourism has the potential for strong economic growth if small independent businesses are offered the right support, according to a new report by the National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA).

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Creative England: Working with local authorities in England, outside London

In partnership with local authorities, Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media, aiming to grow the brightest, the best, and the most promising.

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Be a history-maker on Magna Carta Day: sign-up to LiberTeas!

The Houses of Parliament, the National Trust and Surrey County Council are asking the nation to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on their liberties by hosting a LiberTeas event on Sunday 14 June at 3.00 pm.

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Tourism

VisitEngland and VisitBritain Triennial Review published

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published the outcome of its Triennial Review of VisitEngland and VisitBritain. The changes will impact upon how both organisations work with councils.

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Simon de Montfort and the first representative Parliament

The 750th anniversary of Simon de Montfort's downfall, a central moment in the English struggle for democracy, will be marked with two weeks of events in the beautiful English town of Evesham this August.

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Worcestershire: King John reunited with Magna Carta

On 4 March 2015, King John was reunited with Magna Carta at Worcester Cathedral in a special re-enactment to commemorate Worcestershire as the Home of Liberty and Democracy.

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Charter 1204: Lynn's Magna Carta

King John may have had a dusty reputation in this country generally but not to the townspeople of King's Lynn who received their charter in 1204. The document forms part of an exhibition from February to June 2015.

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Capital of Culture consultation launched

Councils are invited to join a DCMS consultation on the timing of the next UK City of Culture competition and its relation to the European City of Culture event, scheduled for 2023 in the UK. Consultation closes on 23 January 2015.

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