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Bournemouth MPs urged to back tourism
3:00pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
A HOTEL chain boss is calling on Bournemouth’s MPs to “stand up and fight for the tourism industry in the House of Commons.”
Travelodge CEO Grant Hearn has written to more than 100 MPs in key tourism destinations including Tobias Ellwood and Conor Burns.
With two hotels in Bournemouth, Mr Hearn is urging them to promote tourism and ensure that the industry thrives on the South Coast.
He said: “The industry needs more than just lip service, as we have huge opportunity within our grasp to help the economy. A lack of action is costing jobs, growth and investment.
“Whilst we dither, our European neighbours and the USA are successfully pursuing growth via forward-thinking tourism strategies.”
Travelodge research has shown visitor numbers to Bournemouth dropped by five per cent from 2007 until 2011.