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DCMS champions good quality and service for tourists, from the UK and overseas.  We encourage and help the tourism industry to improve what it has to offer for all our visitors and to promote a positive image abroad.
In 1999, Tomorrow's Tourism set out the Government's strategic approach to meeting needs of the tourism sector's customers, and its aims for encouraging and a growing and prosperous industry.  Building on Tomorrow's Tourism, the Government will be publishing the Tourism Prospectus in the summer of 2004.  The Prospectus will set out the responsibilities and actions of public and private sector organisations in the key areas of marketing, quality, skills and data.


The tourism reform agenda moves on as Tessa Jowell launches Tomorrow's Tourism Today and announces the Tourism Reform and Implementation Group. Press Notice: Jowell Spells Out Drive To Propel Tourism To Future Success. [19 July 2004]

The Best Practice Forum has launched a new series of annual awards.  The "Business Excellence Awards" seek to identify and recognise outstanding business achievement in the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry.  Entry closing date is Friday 30 July.  More information is available on the Best Practice Forum's website. [30 June 2004]

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published The National Statistics Review of Tourism Statistics. [28 June 2004]

Getting the basics right  - Fitness for Purpose report by the Local Government Association has been published today [14 June 2004]


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facts and figures
In 2001:
- just under 22 million visitors came to the UK and spent 10.9 billion.
- 42% of inbound expenditure came from EU Europe.
- the French spent an average of 240 per visit, while visitors from the US spent 683, and Middle East visitors spent 1,279.
- Britons are estimated to have spent as much as 33.4 billion on tourism day visits.
- over 3 million people visited Alton Towers.
- 4.9 million people visited the National Gallery.
- 3.9 million people visited the London Eye.
As of June 2002, the jobs of 2.1 million people are in tourism-related industries throughout Great Britain.