Sunday, 4 April 2010
Should we put the Government in the Dragon's Den?
I'm no Deborah Meaden, but it doesn't take a Dragon's brain to work out this financial clanger for Britain’s crucially needed tourist industry...Stratford, birthplace of Shakespeare, the most visited place in Britain (after London), a tourist hotspot of diamond proportions.... Yes, it beggars belief, but it's true, this Easter the tourist office in Stratford is shut! Not open for business. Why? Because Stratford-on-Avon District Council decided to withdraw funding. Stratford's four million or so tourists each year are currently being directed to an alternative information desk at the town's leisure centre. Mmmm. Reminds me of the equally daft decision to cut grant funding to British Waterways. Isn't Britain's tourist industry an economic asset, not a ham to cut funding from? Deborah, I'd love your comment!