Tewkesbury’s tourism hotspots will be visited by Laurence Robertson MP on Friday 25 March as part of an initiative to promote the Cotswolds.
The aim of the tour is raise awareness of the importance of tourism in the county as part of English Tourism Week, as well as to highlight jobs, skills and apprenticeships that tourism in the county and local area offers.
Rachel Thatcher, manager of the Tourist Information Centre, will be accompanying Laurence Robertson MP on the tour of Tewkesbury. She says: ‘After a difficult time though the pandemic we are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to the area, which is such a fascinating and interesting place to visit. We are very keen to highlight some of our tourism hotspots to residents and those further afield so that they can enjoy all that we have to offer.’
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economic Development/Promotion Councillor Rob Bird, says: ‘Tourism is a significant contributor to the economy of this area, which the council is committed to supporting.
‘Pandemic restrictions hit tourism businesses in particular, and this promotion aims to help this sector’s recovery.
‘We are working closely with Cotswolds Tourism to highlight how businesses have adapted, in order to encourage visitors to the area, and with strategic partners, such as the Cotswold National Landscape team, to encourage more businesses to get involved in the vitally important Caring for the Cotswolds scheme.’
Both Tewkesbury Borough Council and Cotswold Tourism have supported local tourism businesses through the pandemic with financial and practical assistance, including training, hosting virtual tourism sector meetings, signposting Visit England webinars and LEP resources. Free Cotswold Tourism membership has been offered to businesses for the past 18 months, and a half price offer is in place to continue to help support the recovery.