Tourism

Rory launching Tourism week at Lowther CastleTourism is our main income-earner, bringing in over one billion pounds a year, and supporting over ten thousand families in Penrith and The Border. People come to Cumbria for its wild and unspoilt landscape, its traditional small farms and its close-cropped fells. Cumbria’s competitive advantage remains its rural beauty, and any long-term strategy for the area must recognise that it is the protection of our landscape which will protect our economy. I was instrumental in launching the Cumbria Tourism APG in recognition of this.

The hugely successful “Cumbria Day” held in Westminster in February 2013 showcased the best of what this county has to offer, and any wider strategy has to continue to promote the area further afield. The Lake District is an incredibly powerful and internationally recognised brand that we must continue to develop and reinvigorate. In so doing, I see no reason why we cannot find ourselves in a world where tourists coming from China, India or Brazil see a photo on top of Blencathra as much an essential part of any sight-seeing trip to the UK, as Big Ben or Stonehenge.

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RORY STEWART MP WELCOMES HISTORIC LAKES AND DALES EXPANSION

The Lakes and Dales decision will create the largest area of English National Park land. Rory Stewart MP and DEFRA Minister has today warmly welcomed the news that Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire will share the largest area of almost continuous National Park land following the decision to extend two of England’s most celebrated National Parks, […]

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‘EXPAND OUTDOOR INDUSTRY IN CUMBRIA’ SAYS MP

Speaking to a packed out audience at the Outdoors Industry Association AGM, Rory Stewart MP said the outdoors was “the soul of Britain’ and encouraged the outdoor industry to focus more on Cumbria. ‎He argued that Cumbria could learn more from Austria and Switzerland on how to make the Outdoor Industry transform the economy. The […]

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Pint of Drovers Gold for English Tourism Week please Landlord

Eden’s pubs were in the spotlight last week as part of a special event to launch English Tourism Week which runs from 14 – 22 March. The highlight was the unveiling of Drovers Gold which will go on sale at over 40 pubs around the Eden Valley during the week. Brewed by Penrith based Eden […]

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RORY HELPS SECURE FURTHER PROGRESS FOR SOUTH TYNEDALE RAILWAY

Following further support from local MP Rory Stewart, the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society have received written confirmation from the Secretary of State for Defra that state-aid rules will not apply to the STR project, ensuring the group can again raise funds from public sector grant-awarding organisations. Rory Stewart MP and patron of the STRPS […]

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RORY CELEBRATES TOURISM AND TEA ALONG THE BORDER

Local MP Rory Stewart stopped off to join a special group for tea at Bessietown’s Country Guest House in Catlowdy, as he sought to celebrate and promote tourism along the England-Scotland border. The Young wives club has now been running for more than fifty years. Rory was able to join the group for their monthly […]

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RORY OPENS BEWCASTLE’S NEW HADRIAN’S WALL EXHIBITION

was invited to officially open a new exhibition in the small village of Bewcastle which will look at the community’s turbulent border history. Set up by the Hadrian’s Wall Trust, and funded by Defra’s Rural Development Programme, the exhibition showcases over 2500 years of human history  – from the Bronze Age to the Roman occupation, […]

Tourism Week

rory launches local campaign for english tourism week

A week showcasing one of the country’s most important industries has been officially launched in Eden by Rory at Hutton in the Forest, where a fleet of state-of-the-art electric bicycles stole the show. Organised by Eden District Council’s Tourism Team, the launch of English Tourism Week (16–24 March) saw Rory and specially invited guests try […]