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Government Funding for Bournemouth Tourism Academy

August 2012

MANAGING DIRECTOR of Bournecoast, self catering accommodation provider across the Bournemouth area, Des Simmons, is delighted with this morning's announcement that the Government are to inject 2m to local tourism. Not least as he is also Vice-Chairman of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board.

It was announced earlier today that Bournemouth has been awarded this funding to set up the first coastal tourism academy - not only in the UK but in the whole of Europe.

The monies will be provided by the Coastal Communities Fund to boost the seaside economy and with more and more people opting to stay in the UK this year, the timing is spot on.

There are six successful seaside areas to be awarded this funding which will help boost their economies but Bournemouth Borough Council has been the most successful having won the highest amount from the 24m fund, which was launched earlier this year.

According to The Guardian, Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, said: "The fund will be increased to 28m next year." Which is a 4m increase.

Bournemouth Borough Council will receive the money over two years and it will also support existing tourism businesses, aiming to create 165 jobs over the next three years.

Government Funding for Bournemouth Tourism AcademyDes Simmons, who is also Chairman of the recently voted in Coastal District BID, said: "When I was asked to support this initiative I jumped at the chance as Bournemouth is such a beautiful area with so much to offer and easily accessible to visitors. I had no idea that we would be as successful - winning the largest amount from the Communities Fund which is fantastic news. My family business has operated in this region for over 52 years which is firmly recognised as a preferred destination across the nation."

He added, "Many congratulations to all at the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, Bournemouth Council, Tourism Office and Bournemouth University who were instrumental in achieving this funding. It will help us showcase Bournemouth as UK's best resort and that in turn should see an increase in holiday let and self catering enquiries over the next couple of years as a result. We are delighted!"

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Issued by:
Alex Eaton
01202 437888

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