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Friday, 7 September 2012

Industry outcry as Government 'downgrades' tourism

The travel industry is putting pressure on the Government to rethink a reshuffle which has spelled the end of a dedicated minister for tourism.

It had been confirmed that John Penrose, who stood down from his role as Tourism Minister this week, will not be directly replaced.

Instead, Sports Minister Hugh Robertson will take on responsibility for tourism.
ABTA chairman John McEwan has written to the Prime Minister to express the association's "serious concerns" about the move and to seek David Cameron's personal assurance that the reshuffle does not constitute a downgrading of the tourism portfolio within Government.
The travel industry had lobbied for a dedicated minister for tourism and was finally rewarded when Penrose was appointed in 2010.

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