Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has called on Government to deliver a new tourism enterprise zone for Blackpool as part of a deal to support the industry across the UK.
Ministers Greg Clark and Jeremy Wright last week announced the Government’s Tourism Sector Deal, designed to deliver a major boost to the sector. And Mr Maynard is hoping to see specific support delivered for Blackpool, to help ensure innovation and boost the visitor economy.
He said: “ I am pleased to see the Government supporting the tourism industry which is so important for our town. Alongside plans to deliver 30,000 new apprenticeships, commitments on the environment an accessibility, there is a proposal to introduce new tourism zones.
“The two enterprise zones established on the Fylde coast are already helping bring new jobs and opportunities to the area. I hope the same principal can be applied to the tourism industry, creating an atmosphere in which businesses in Blackpool can innovate and expand, helping regenerate our town.”
Mr Maynard believes a tourism enterprise zone could deliver results alongside other targeted investment. He continues to work hard in support of the Blackpool Prospectus, a broad package of measures which make up a 20-year vision for the future of the town.
He said: “Investment in tourism is key. Equally we need to work hard to diversify our economy, to help Blackpool move away from a seasonal economy, to bring skilled jobs to our town. We need to improve our transport infrastructure, our housing and our education, to ensure opportunities are available for people in Blackpool.
“I have been meeting with Ministers from a range of Government departments, to lobby for investment in Blackpool, to make the case for our town.”