Mark Pawsey MP welcomes new support for tourism businesses in Rugby

Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey has welcomed the launch of the new Tourism Sector Deal, which will be a great boost to Rugby and Warwickshire’s thriving tourism economy.

Tourism, hospitality and experience industries play a vital role in boosting Rugby’s local economy. To help them grow their businesses, the Government is giving them access to a new tourism data hub, allowing them to offer an even better service.

The Deal – which is part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy – will help deliver 10,000 new apprenticeships, getting more people involved with the sector and ensuring it continues to go from strength to strength in the future.

Rugby benefits from over 2 million trips each year from all types of visitors. These tourists spend over £110 million each year, contributing significantly to our local economy and helping to support over 2,700 jobs in the local area. One of Rugby’s biggest draws is its unique connection to the game of rugby football and is home to the World Rugby Hall of Fame, based at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Under the new deal, more than 10,000 people who work in the tourism industry will also benefit from new mentorship schemes. This comes alongside providing a further £250,000 to improve broadband connectivity in several conference centres across the country.

Talking about the new deal, Mark said:

“Tourism is a really important industry for Warwickshire, and I am delighted that the 415 tourism-related businesses in Rugby will now be able to receive additional support through the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. The deal will also encourage a greater number of people to consider an apprenticeship in the tourism and hospitality sector, which is a great way to start a career in this growing sector.”

Mark continued:

“Rugby has a unique tourism attraction as it is the only town in the world to have given its name to an international sport. As a community, I know we are proud of that connection and with the Rugby World Cup just a few short months away, I hope that we can take advantage of the World Rugby Hall of Fame here in the heart of the town centre and really put Rugby on the map.”