£10m Boost for Northern Tourism Initiative


The fund is set to boost tourism and attract international visitors from across the world, including the USA and China. ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ is just one of the tourism bodies in the North that are set to work together to promote the North under one group. Also involved is adjoining tourism body ‘Cumbria Tourism.’ 

The move is expected to pump £177m into the economy of the North, creating more than 3,200 jobs and resulting in two million more nights spent in local hotels and B&B’s. Job openings are likely to grow in travel including travel agents and transport, as well as for hoteliers, restaurant owners and caterers – not to mention events, visitor information and hospitality.

Northern destinations are working together to make it easier for potential visitors looking online to see the full range of Northern attractions on offer, which opens up jobs for web developers.

One part of the campaign will be showcasing best of the region’s festivals, cultural and sporting attractions, including the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in May, to the nation’s top travel journalists.

This is a great boost to an already booming industry which has seen record growth in 2013 and 2014. 

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "I'm immensely proud of the stunning countryside, history and culture that the north has to offer.”

"This funding will help bring together existing work being done to boost tourism right across the north, showcasing major events such as the Tour de Yorkshire whilst creating a single vision for showing off the jewels of the north for all to see."

To be part of this growing industry get the skills you need at Chesterfield College. We offer level 2 and level 3 courses in Travel and Tourism that really help you to get the skills you need.  The courses are designed to give you the best mix of theory and practical know how. We have our own Explore Travel Centre and we work with employers to give you vital experience of working in the world of Travel and Tourism.

 Visit our travel and tourism course pages for more information or call 01246 500500.