A recent Parliamentary report looked at the importance of tourism:
Futures Forum: House of Commons report: "Tourism grows at a faster rate than other industries"
It is especially important in the South West:
Futures Forum: Looking to the future of the South West seaside town ............. part two
Futures Forum: The West County, East Devon and tourism
Futures Forum: Jobs and services: the hospitality industry
Questions remain as to what the District Council has been able to achieve:
Futures Forum: East Devon and toursim
Futures Forum: "Tourism rises" ... but questions remain for East Devon
In fact, the District Council does not employ a Tourism Officer:
Breaking news & sport in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald
However, the East Devon Watch blog has been rather critical:
OH DEAR, MRS KERRIDGE – AS EDDC “TOURISM CHAMPION” YOU HAVEN’T DONE YOUR HOMEWORK!
27th February 2015
In today’s Sidmouth Herald (see post below) Sheia Kerridge, who has been as silent about tourism as Hugo Swire has been about the Local Plan, promises that, now she has retired after 42 years, she can devote more time to her work as a councillor, particularly “a waterborne transport link along the Jurassic Coast”.
But see here – its already been discounted as too expensive and unfundable by your own town council’s tourism chief, Simon Pollentine as late as December 2014!
Jurassic ferry dream too costly - News - Sidmouth Herald
Oh dear, Mrs Kerridge – as EDDC “Tourism Champion” you haven’t done your homework! | East Devon Watch
Tourism | East Devon Watch
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: waterborne transport and a jetty