Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association:
"We welcome the Government's clear commitment to supporting the tourism industry right across the UK, and congratulate the Coastal Communities Minister on his efforts to promote the Great British coast as one of our greatest tourism assets.
"Coastal tourism alone supports more jobs than the steel, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries combined, and it is often the cornerstone of local economies in these regions. Yet many of these communities face serious social and economic challenges. That is why we are calling on the Government to appoint a Seaside Tsar to oversee the delivery of Coastal Investment Strategy that brings together tourism, infrastructure, education and enterprise.
"The BHA and it's members have been campaigning to ensure that the voice of the industry is heard loud and clear. Sustained investment and a joined-up Government and industry approach is needed ensure that the UK's tourism industry continues to excel, attracting more visitors, creating more jobs and strengthening local economies to the benefit of the whole of the UK, particularly those rural and coastal communities outside of London."
The full Tourism Action Plan paper can be read here.