New Tourism Minister

Hugh Robertson has taken over the tourism portfolio in the UK coalition government, following the resignation of John Penrose during a cabinet reshuffle.
Robertson will head up a new sport, Olympic legacy and tourism brief within the department for culture, media and sport.
There is concern that there will no longer be a dedicated Minister for Tourism, prompting an letters to the Prime Minister from some industry bodies. It is expected that the focus will move away from areas like heritage and architecture (Penrose’s former brief) to areas like Olympic legacy, gambling, licensing and lottery.
Amid these industry concerns, Robertson has something to prove and UK hoteliers will be watching his tourism policy closely as he tackles key issues like regulation, VAT and visa control.
(Hotel industry magazine)

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