17th Jan, 2019

£50,000 to be injected into Worcester's tourism sector

COUNCIL chiefs have vowed to put ‘Worcester on the map’ by investing £50,000 in three new tourism projects.

In a bid to improve the city’s tourism offering even further, Worcester City Council has said it plans to spend the thousands of pounds on new Christmas lights for the Cathedral Square Development, enhanced promotion for Worcester’s waterways and a new website for visitors.

Councillors on the Place and Economic Sub-Committee will vote on whether to invest up to £50,000 in these and other tourism projects at their meeting next Monday.

Worcester’s tourism industry is believed to be worth £160million to the city’s economy and councils chiefs hope their investment will boost this even further.

There has also been a big jump in the number of visitors to the city in recent years – with numbers up 39.8 per cent since 2000.

Coun Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the Place and Economic Sub-Committee, said: “More investment in quality events and attractions would strengthen our offer even further, helping Worcester to successfully compete against other English cities renowned for their heritage.”

Coun Geoff Williams, Vice Chair of the Place and Economic Sub-Committee, said: “More than 3,000 people are currently employed either directly or indirectly in Worcester’s tourism sector.

“Providing support for this expanding industry will help to create even more jobs for local people in the future.”

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