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|(b) Regularly funded theatre organisations in England|
Prior to 2002-03, the Regional Arts Boards were independent bodies and maintained records according to their own systems and requirements. Consequently, it is not possible to provide consolidated figures for England prior to this year.
|Lottery funding for theatre-related activity|
Barbara Follett: A Tourism Intelligence Unit funded by the English Tourism Intelligence Partnership was set up by the Office National Statistics in August 2008. The aim of the unit is to make improvements to national and regional tourism statistics, especially those that relate to the tourism industry, the visitor economy and the economic impact of tourism.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average amount spent per visit during tourism day trips to (a) seaside towns, (b) cities and (c) rural destinations in each of the last 10 years. 
Barbara Follett: Information on day trips is gathered through Day Visits Surveys which are run on an intermittent basis. Surveys were conducted in 1998 and in 2002-03 for Great Britain, and in 2005 for England only. The available information on average spend per day trip to the seaside, town/city and countryside in the last 10 years is therefore as follows:
|Year (and scope of survey)||Destination||Average expenditure per trip (£)|
|(1) Expenditure in 2002 prices.|
(2) Expenditure in 2005 prices.
Leisure Day Visits Survey (1998, 2002/03) and England Leisure Visits Survey (2005)
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the contribution made by tourism to the national economy in each of the last three years; and what estimate he has made of its expected contribution in each of the next three years. 
|Tourism consumption on UK trips (£ billion)||Tourism GVA as percentage of UK GVA|
Barbara Follett: Full information on the number of visitors from other countries to the UK, each year since 1993, is available through VisitBritain's insight and Market Intelligence section of its website. This can be found at the following link:
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in the establishment of a tourism intelligence unit; and when he expects the unit to be operational. 
Barbara Follett [holding answer 25 November 2008]: A Tourism Intelligence Unit funded by the English Tourism Intelligence Partnership was set up by the Office of National Statistics in August 2008. The aim of the unit is to make improvements to national and regional tourism statistics, especially those that relate to the tourism industry, the visitor economy and the economic impact of tourism.
Barbara Follett: The Tourism Forum held its last meeting in December 2002 and was wound up by March 2003. It was replaced by the Tourism Review and Implementation Group (TRIG) which was set up to monitor progress against delivery of the Tomorrows Tourism Today strategy and to consider wider issues of productivity in the tourism industry. The TRIG, in turn was replaced by the Ministerial Advisory Group in January 2006 to develop and deliver the current DCMS Tourism Strategy; Winning: A tourism strategy for 2012 and beyond.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to share best practices in developing tourism between the principal seaside towns in England. 
Barbara Follett: A cross-Whitehall coastal towns group, led by Communities and Local Government is working in partnership with a regional development agency (RDA)-led coastal towns network to improve knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing coastal towns in order to inform action at a national and sub-national level. RDAs have a key role to play in helping coastal areas in their regions to achieve their full economic potential, as part of wider regional strategies to deliver sustainable growth. My Department is represented on that group and we continue to work closely with the RDAs on strategic leadership of tourism and important aspect of economic growth.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount that domestic visitors to UK coastal destinations spent in (a) 1978, (b) 1988, (c) 1998 and (d) the latest year for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the amount that domestic visitors to each principal seaside town spent in each of the last 10 years. 
Barbara Follett: Information on expenditure by United Kingdom residents in coastal destinations is available from the United Kingdom Tourism Survey, but this information is not broken down by town. Comparable data is not available before 2000 and the latest year for which data is available is 2007.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential for seaside towns to encourage tourists by means of niche marketing; and what support he provides for such activities. 
In August, my Department announced the first series of projects to be funded through the Sea Change programme, which is intended to boost regeneration in coastal areas through investment in culture and heritage. The scheme, which will run for three years to 2011, giving £45 million in total, will encourage new visitors to coastal areas and help support and enrich existing communities.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) guest houses, (b) hotels, (c) bed and breakfasts and (d) other guest accommodation properties were registered for tourism use in each of the principal seaside towns of England in each of the last 20 years. 
Barbara Follett: This information is not centrally held, as there is no statutory register of accommodation for tourism use in England. Visitors seeking accommodation in seaside towns can use VisitBritains online directory which has listings of over 37,000 places to stay in Britain and is available at
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage of visitor accommodation in England which was accredited by tourist authorities in each year since 1997; 
Barbara Follett [holding answer 27 October 2008]: My Department does not hold centrally the percentage figures of visitor accommodation in England accredited by tourist authorities in each year since 1997.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of his Department's Fitness for Purpose: Quality Counts initiative of 2005; and if he will make a statement; 
Barbara Follett: In 2003 my Department announced that six local authorities had been selected as pilots under the Fitness for Purpose initiative which is intended to promote better inspection and regulation of tourist accommodation in the United Kingdom, the aim of this initiative is to tackle poor safety and trading standards to ensure that minimum legal requirements are met.
Following a review in which it was agreed that the pilot phase had been successful, my Department and the Local Government Association produced a guide for local authorities entitled, Fitness for Purpose: Quality Counts. This covers issues like standards of accommodation; minimum legal requirements for health and safety; food safety and hygiene; fire safety and trading standards and gives advice on the handling of complaints. The Guide is available at the following link:
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