Yorkshire in call for big C&I budget hike

Yorkshire Tourist Board (YTB) is calling for a huge increase in funding for business tourism after a study found the C&I industry to be one of the most profitable sectors. The YTB maintains it needs £20m to improve its product. Current funding from economic development agency, Yorkshire Forward, stands at up to £750,000. “It may seem a big leap from the current funding, but tourism makes up 8% of the county’s GDP,” said YTB chief executive David Andrews. The YTB is in negotiations with Yorkshire Forward and aims to secure funding by the end of this year. It will announce its three-year action plan for business tourism in November. Earmarked projects include the refurbishment of the Royal Hall in Harrogate, construction of a conference venue for up to 1,000 delegates in Sheffield, and investment in the development of meeting facilities at Scarborough’s Spa complex.

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