The English Tourism Council and the British Tourist Authority have
appointed Westminster Strategy to handle Parliamentary monitoring.
The organisations, which promote England to domestic tourists and
Britain abroad respectively, are appointing a Parliamentary monitoring
agency for the first time.
Ken Kelling, senior press officer at the ETC, said: ’It is a watching
brief more than anything. The remit is a very general one looking at
legislation and policy making across the whole of Government for
anything that affects tourism.’
Kelling said that Westminster Strategy had been appointed after a
competitive pitch but declined to name the other agencies involved or
how much the account is worth.
Among issues currently facing the organisations is the subject of rural
tourism. A consultation paper is currently out on the best ways to
develop tourism in the countryside.
Another current issue is the question of access for the disabled at
tourism centres and the whole issue of holidays for people with
The agency will be asked to look out for anything impacting these
The account will be handled by account manager Louisa Cross and director
David Robertson. They will report to Ken Kelling at the ETC and Bernard
Donoghue, head of government and corporate affairs at the BTA.
The Scottish and Welsh sister organisations of Westminster Strategy
already provide services to the Scottish and Welsh tourist boards - a
factor that Kelling said was also part of the reason why the agency had