Kevan Jones challenged Ministers at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport this week over support for the Tourism Industry in the region, and asked for the government to make a statement on the matter.

Mr. Jones said, “The Minister might consider the failure of north-east tourism to be able to promote itself-a failure caused by the cuts that this Government have imposed-to be an isolated problem, but it is a real problem in the north-east. If he takes the trouble to visit the north-east, I am sure that an array of critics in the north-east tourism industry, including the National Trust, will make their feelings well known to him.”

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