Group chairman hits out at tourism cuts

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A “HUGE gamble” with Lincolnshire’s tourism will impact hundreds of local businesses and thousands of jobs claim holiday industry chiefs after the county council decided to pull funding out of Visit Lincolnshire.

The county’s tourism organisation has said it is now unlikely that it will be able to remain open beyond March.

Jon Grubb, chairman of Visit Lincolnshire, said: “I am astounded, baffled and disappointed by the decision to withdraw all of Visit Lincolnshire’s funding.

“In essence the county council has decided to close the county’s tourism body, yet seems to have no plan in place for how they will continue the task of encouraging ever more people to visit this fantastic county.

“Our neighbouring counties have already committed to continuing to fund their tourism bodies – giving them a competitive edge.”

In West Lindsey alone tourism brings in £82.24 million a year to the local economy.

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