Mark Reckless: The Government’s bold Tourism Strategy will boost the economy in Rochester and Strood

Mark RecklessThe publication today of the Coalition Government’s Tourism Strategy will cut red tape, free up local businesses, and re-establish the tourism industry as a key priority for restoring the UK economy.

The bold proposals include a consultation on extending the tourist season by moving the first Bank Holiday in May to create a new St George’s Day holiday in England and St David’s Day in Wales.

The strategy will generate four million extra overseas visitors over the next four years, bringing an extra £2 billion worth of visitor spend in to the country and creating 50,000 new jobs.

Commenting on the publication of the strategy, Mark Reckless said,

“The Coalition’s Tourism Strategy will make a huge difference to the local economy here in Rochester and Strood.

“For too long, Labour ignored the vital importance of tourism whilst suffocating the industry with red-tape.

“After years in the Labour wilderness, tourism is finally being recognised as the crucial driver of our economy that it is.”



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5 responses to “Mark Reckless: The Government’s bold Tourism Strategy will boost the economy in Rochester and Strood

  1. Its been along time coming and we should all be glad at the bold proposals made today. What we do not nor never needed is a labour day, they stole May day (whats new with labour) and I hope to never see another labour government in power again in England.

  2. Holy H Caulfield

    You think it’s all about money and ideology, don’t you? The “strategy” is anything but, and does not add up. You seem to have no concept whatsoever that May Day (and, indeed Easter) celebrations are ancient and pagan and natural and of a way of things that predate Christianity, Labour and Tory.

    Think about maypoles, fertility, childhood and how lucky you are to be here at all.

    Before you kill the Sweeps Festival and harm the prospects of your own constituents, go there this spring and talk to the Morris people. They may be able to help you to understand that life and nature are bigger than you and Mammon.

  3. Paul Turvey

    I don’t see why moving the May Day bank holiday to St George’s day would affect the Sweeps fetsival? Couldn’t it still go ahead on the first weekend of May as usual? I think we should have a day when all Englishman can celebrate our identity and traditions and would support this change.

  4. Steve Dyke

    Just for once can we forget this Labour / Conservative ideological knockabout. May Day has been significant for countless generations of humans and in this manic, technology obsessed world, I personally find something reassuring about a traditional festival that celebrates the ending of the Winter and the coming of Summer.
    Don’t get confused with International Labour Day – May Day is the successor to the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane.
    If people want to celebrate St George’s Day and being an “Englishman” (whatever that is), then that is fine by me, but please don’t mess with May Day. Why do we need another bank holiday around Eastertime anyway?
    The Sweeps Festival is fantastic – hope to see you there this year Mark!
    The puritans banned May Day celebrations in England during the Interregnum in the 17th century – say no more.

  5. pete_chavelle

    The main reason it would ruin sweeps festival is due to the amount of people coming from across the country (particularly the morris teams) who make the event what it is. Having a two day weekend would prevent a lot of people from coming or taking part fully, it would also make it much harder to organise anything substantial for just two days.

    I have no problem with us having a St Georges day hol or celebrating Englishness, but it seems daft to cut a day that already has historical and cultural significance to manufacture a day that currently has little (and yes I realise that pre 1800s it was more important). The essence of this type of celebration is routing it in tradition and I don’t see a good reason for abandoning something of existing significance to redevelop something our ancestors abandoned. There is a very obvious answer to this is Springbreak (the second May bank holiday) as far as I am aware, it has little significance and isn’t as widely used for celebration and as a tourism fuelling events. Springbreak could be moved with far less damage and have the same effect.

    Perhaps the reasoning stems more from May Day’s association with dissent, protest and celebrating workers, but surely the government wouldn’t be that underhand?

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