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Another Torbay tourism leader speaks out against budget cuts

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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ANOTHER leading member of the tourism industry in Torbay has expressed her concern at proposed budget cuts at the English Riviera Tourism Company.

Laurence Murrell, managing director of TLH Leisure Resort and the company's first chairman, has already warned cutting the budget by £100,000 will put at risk resort marketing and so some 13,000 jobs dependant on the industry.

Now Claire Jeavons, a long-term member of the company board, has voiced her fears for the future of tourism in Devon's leading resort. Her family run the successful Beverley Holidays in Paignton.

She said: "I am greatly concerned with the possible budget cut to the English Riviera Tourism Company's budget. Marketing of the English Riviera as a tourism destination is essential to the prosperity of Torbay and a large budget cut will have a huge negative impact on the Bay's economy.

"If we are not promoting ourselves as a tourism destination, they will not come. They will simply go elsewhere, to Bournemouth and the like and our viability as a tourism resort will fall and eventually end.

"Since its beginning three years ago, the ERTC has made a significant impact and we have seen a rise in tourist numbers, positively impacting on Torbay's economy.

"It is vital this positive influence on the richness of the Bay is not stopped."

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  • eponym1  |  January 30 2014, 12:05PM

    Would Claire Jeavons like to explain why the 300 tourism related businesses mentioned in Laurence Murrell's comment on this subject are not willing to invest just £333 each to ensure that the ERTC survives in the form that these businesses would wish. Local authority funding of such commercial activities is a hangover from the distant past and in the current economic climate it is clearly not sound use of public funds. The £100K would undoubtedly be more usefully spent in areas of more value to the entire community such as maintenance of the bay's infrastructure which would, in turn, benefit the tourism sector.