9th November 2010

All Change – Again?

The Shropshire and Telford Destination Management Partnership (DMP) has been replaced, Regional Development Agencies (RDA’s) are being abolished, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) are being formed and VisitEngland and VisitBritain have been reviewed!

DMP’s

The Shropshire and Telford Destination Management Partnership (DMP) has been replaced with the ‘Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Tourism Strategy Board’. This will consist of:

  • 2 cabinet members with responsibility for economic development from Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Councils
  • 1 representative from a major attraction
  • 1 representative from a major trust and heritage body
  • 1 of the Chairs of the four new Destination Management Partnerships

Four new Destination Development Partnerships will also be established (it is envisaged that these will be ‘...broader than the local Tourism Associations, which would still have an important role...’ The four areas are:

  • Oswestry & North Shropshire
  • Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire Hills & Ludlow
  • Telford, Ironbridge & Severn Valley

Click here to read the Shropshire Council document entitled ‘Tourism Futures: Support for the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Visitor Economy’

RDA’s & LEP’s

You may be aware that Regional Development Agencies (RDA’s) are being abolished by the current government so Advantage West Midlands (AWM) will disappear. It is unclear at this stage where the responsibility for regional tourism will lie. Part of the abolition of RDA’s is the formation of LEP’s – Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Hereford Council’s have put in a bid to form an LEP to cover these areas.

Click here to read more about it.

VisitBritain and VisitEngland

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has just confirmed that the marketing bodies VisitBritain and VisitEngland are not included in the 192 public bodies to be scrapped or merged together as part of government spending cuts.

On October 14th the DCMS said it was to retain VisitBritain and VisitEngland because the bodies performed a "technical function" that should remain independent from government. The DCMS added that it was planning to modify the destinations on the VisitEngland Board.

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