When the new coalition government came to power in May 2010, it was anticipated that the regional structure of economic development (and tourism) would change but it was unclear how, to what extent and to what timescale. There was also the issue of the impending Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) to account for, with the knowledge that there would be considerable cuts in public sector spending across the board. The transition has thus been a complex issue to follow with some aspects still being developed. For the tourism sector, it represents the biggest structural change in public support for the industry since the 1969 Development of Tourism Act.
The existing mix of Regional Tourist Boards, Destination Management Organisations (DMOs), tourism partnerships and other sub-national structures is realigning in response to the funding challenges and the new landscape of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). VisitEngland is connecting with destination organisations to support them through the changes to help grow their local visitor economies.
VisitEngland has established a relationship with the LEPs to highlight the role that tourism can play in growing the economy at the local level and to support them to develop their approach, a role outlined for VisitEngland in the Government White Paper 'Local Growth'.
Please see the sections below on LEPs and Destination Organisations for further information.