MORE Bay business people have criticised proposals by Mayor Gordon Oliver to cut to zero council funding for tourism.
The English Riviera Tourism Company has been told the council — which used to run the tourist board — will no longer contribute to tourism in the Bay from 2016.
The proposals, out to public consultation until tomorrow, have angered owners in the business.
Garry Midmer, of the Shirley in Braddons Hill Road, Torquay, said: "Despite the year on year cuts made by the council, the ERTC has worked miracles with ever decreasing resources.
"It has won national awards for its work and most importantly of all can point to independent market research showing the English Riviera is out-performing its rivals in the south west.
"In this year's budget the mayor has proposed cuts which kill off the ERTC completely by 2016 and takes away a massive amount of its resources in 2015, leaving it only able to perform its most basic functions during 2015.
"We had a terrible start to 2014 as a result of the winter weather and government initiatives to stop children being out of school in term time. Now we need our ERTC to be strong so it can continue to market the Bay successfully in the winter of 2014 and throughout 2015. Now is not the time the mayor of Torbay should be proposing a zero budget for tourism."
Nick Elmer, of Abbey View holiday flats in Walnut Road, Torquay, said: "I want to express my anger at the ridiculous proposal by the current mayor to remove ERTC funding.
"If the cuts are approved, I for one shall put my property on the market immediately, as I am sure will others.
"Good luck to whoever is left after this, perhaps the mayor can ask the last person to leave Torbay to switch off the lights and save a few extra pennies."