24 April 2013
Lord Lee of Trafford asked Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maximise tourism potential in the United Kingdom.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Lee of Trafford, on initiating this debate, and I remind the Committee of my unpaid interests as president of the Heritage Railway Association and as a trustee of the Science Museum Group. Britain's tourist potential depends on many factors, but principally on attractive destinations, such as those in the south-west that we have just heard about, enjoyable experiences in terms of where to stay and what to do, and ease of access. With more time, I would describe the huge contribution that our museums-the five museums in the Science Museum Group now attract 5 million visitors a year-make to tourism, but I shall concentrate on the part that Britain's heritage railways play in attracting visitors to Britain.
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