Dan Jarvis MP, Labour's Shadow Culture Minister, has today questioned the Government on the potential effects of the Olympic Games legacy on regional tourism. He said:
"The Olympics were a fantastic achievement, demonstrating the unique spirit of Britain. Despite this success, there is concern that many parts of the UK did not experience anywhere near the levels of visitors they expected prior to the games. It is imperative that the legacy of the Olympics should now provide a significant boost to our tourism industry.
"Today we needed urgency from this out of touch Government to finally set out how their strategy for tourism will affect the regions. When given the chance to explain, the new Tourism Minister fell woefully short.
"Given the Government has now axed a dedicated tourism minister, I have concerns that the regions will be left behind. I want the UK to reach our target of increasing overseas visitors from 30 million today to 40 million by 2020 and I want it to benefit the entire country."