A TOURISM boss is reminding Warwickshire residents to ‘discover their doorstep’ to keep up support for the sector following government’s cash boost.
Members of Warwickshire tourism management organisation Shakespeare’s England have received nearly £4million in grants between them in light of recent funding announcements.
The cash injection is a welcome boost for businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire which have been massively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
But Shakespeare’s England chief executive of the Helen Peters is reminding everyone the tourism sector continues to need their support and will do throughout the next few months and well into 2021 and beyond.
She said: “This funding is a fantastic boost to all of the members who have received money and will go a long way to keeping them going through these crucial next few months.
“It is wonderful to hear some positive news for some of our businesses, but this money will only go so far and the message we want to send out to people is that we still need them to support the tourism sector.”
Members who have received cash from the two rounds of funding from Arts Council England include the British Motor Museum, FarGo Village, The MAD Museum, Compton Verney, Lord Leycester Hospital, Stoneleigh Abbey, Vintage Trains, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, the Orchestra of the Swan, Vintage Trains, the Belgrade Theatre, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum, the Royal Spa Centre and the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum.
Compton Verney was given £980,000 and the British Motor Museum picked up £707,000, while the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick was granted £40,000 and the MAD Museum in Stratford received £60,000.
Helen added: “Earlier this year, we launched a campaign called Discover Your Doorstep that is very much still in place and we would urge families to continue to do that, because there are so many wonderful attractions and businesses in our region and now is the time to see what they have to offer.
“Many of them are open and are welcoming everyone in under the current covid secure guidelines and the ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation backed by VisitEngland. So now is the time to head out, ‘Discover Your Doorstep’ and help ensure that the tourism and hospitality sector bounces back stronger than ever.
“We are very much open for business and we look forward to welcoming visitors soon.”