• Visitor Economy and Tourism

To ensure that Gloucestershire is a vibrant, year-round destination for tourists of all ages and from all locations. To ensure a joined-up thinking approach to every area of the county, to share best practice to generate a holistic approach to building the visitor economy.
To work with tourism bodies to ensure opportunities for showcasing what Gloucestershire has to offer, is promoted effectively both at home and abroad.

  • To ensure that each and every part of the county is represented on the group, and that all appropriate measures are being taken to ensure they are being promoted as tourist destinations according to their offering.
  • Work collaboratively to product a county-wide tourism Strategy, identifying the county’s challenges, and opportunities for visitor economy growth.
  • Identify and coordinate appropriate funding opportunities as they arise and facilitate bids as appropriate.

Chair: Steve Gardner-Collins, Visit Gloucestershire
GFirst LEP Board Member: Mike Warner - Warners Motor Group
Andy Parsons - Cotswold National Landscape
Matthew Lee/Will Foster - Cotswold Canals Trust
Michael Studden - Cotswold Edge and Severn Vale Tourism Network
Chris Jackson/Sally Graff - Cotswolds & West Oxfordshire Tourism
Helen OKane - Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism
Ben Hau/David Evans - Gloucester City Council
Richard Wakeford - Gloucestershire Market Town Forum
David Jackson/Tara Sanchez - Marketing Cheltenham
Brendan Cleere - Stroud District Council
Hannah McDonnell/Dionne Moore - Stroud Tourism Network
Andy Sanders/Rachel Thatcher - Tewkesbury Borough Council
Dr Alan Marvell - University of Gloucestershire



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