Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox is endorsing English Tourism Week and encouraging businesses to become involved.
Keen to promote the unique offering of the towns, villages, tourist attractions, wondrous countryside walks and views within the constituency and across Devon to coincide with this, and encourage visitors to visit the area, Geoffrey regularly meets with businesses and attractions to support and help promote their interests.
Geoffrey met with Peter Morris of Farm & Cottage Holidays and supported a well attended fundraising event at the local Plough Arts Centre in Torrington which raised in excess of £15,000.
The government has announced a £25 million initiative to promote rural tourism and support rural tourism businesses. That includes establishing a new £10 million fund for the rural development programme for England to provide funding for the development and improvement of tourism destinations, facilities and products.
Geoffrey said: “The tourist industry is of fundamental significance to us here in Torridge & West Devon. The majority of our income is made through our pubs, lands, local attractions, as well as our local farm shops which support another Devon staple – the farm. All of these are truly valuable resources in our small towns and villages and vitally important to Devon’s economy.
“The industry offers jobs to many of our residents, provides investment to our businesses and brings pleasure to visitors who get to take in some of the great features of the Devon countryside and all it has to offer, and I encourage as many residents and visitors to do so too.”