South West Coast Path to receive fund boost

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The South West Coast Path, which will soon be extended through Somerset up to Brean, has been named as one of the first beneficiaries of a £40m government fund aiming to boost tourism in Britain.

Operators along the path will likely see higher footfall after the investment, as the money will be used to bring together a ‘whole range of bookable experiences using new technology’ along the 630 mile trail.

VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe said “We are pleased to have chosen some excellent winners who we will now be working closely with to build world-class ‘bookable’ tourism products showcasing the best of England to international and domestic visitors.”

These experiences however, while increasing tourism in the South West, may also offer some competition to seaside arcades.

They will include scenery, places to eat and accommodation for German and Dutch visitors who want to explore by foot or bike.

 

“Through the Discover England Fund and working with the industry, I look forward to helping further strengthen tourism outside London to ensure that growth from the sector is enjoyed right across the whole country.”

 

Secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley said: “With world-class museums, fantastic heritage sites and stunning countryside the UK has a lot to offer tourists – from both home and abroad. Through the Discover England Fund and working with the industry, I look forward to helping further strengthen tourism outside London to ensure that growth from the sector is enjoyed right across the whole country.”

The announcement of the winners comes as the Government launches a Tourism Action Plan to improve Britain’s competitive tourism offer.


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