Post-election UK tourism issues to he debated

Post-election UK tourism issues to he debated

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A debate on key UK tourism-related issues affected by the outcome of today’s general election is to be held by the Tourism Society.

The Tourism Symposium takes place on June 2 at the University of Kent in Canterbury chaired by former transport minister Steven Norris.

Speakers include VisitBritain chairman Sally Balcombe and Birmingham airport boss Paul Kehoe.

Tourism Society chairman, Sandra Matthews-Marsh, said: “Encouragingly, the major political parties have all made reference to tourism in their manifestos which suggests they have finally come round to recognising the importance of the industry to the UK’s economy.

“The Tourism Symposium will give attendees the opportunity to hear the views of a line-up of top speakers in the immediate aftermath of the general election.

“The panel discussion on transport infrastructure, chaired by former government transport minister, Steven Norris, will undoubtedly cover topics such as UK airport expansion and the development of HS1, including the newly elected administration’s stance on these major issues.

“Similarly, the keynote address on arts and culture by Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman, Arts Council England will take in to consideration the new government’s culture related policies.”

Three study tours of the region take place on June 1 with preferential rates available for accommodation and a free rail travel option from London.

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