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VisitEngland Chief welcomes increased regional powers to support tourism highlighted in Queen’s Speech

VisitEngland’s Chief Executive James Berresford has welcomed new legislation outlined in the Queen’s Speech enabling cities to bid for an elected mayor, with more powers over areas such as planning, transport and regional development. James Berresford says; “This is great news for our cities and a fantastic opportunity for tourism, which contributes £106bn to the UK economy. Regional and local authorities now have greater flexibility to prioritise policies that could support tourism leading to increased economic growth.”

In addition new measures outlined today to help SMEs cut red tape and save business at least £10bn over the parliament were welcomed by Mr Berresford who said; “Many tourism businesses across the country are SMEs so we welcome the introduction of the new Small Business Conciliation Service which aims to improve the business rates system”. 

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