MP heads back to shop floor for English Tourism Week

Manchester Central MP, Tony Lloyd, swapped Westminster for the city’s Visitor Information Centre this afternoon as part of the celebrations to mark English Tourism Week (10-18 March).


He met with the managing director of Visit Manchester, Paul Simpson, to hear more about the £5.8bn the sector generates for the Greater Manchester economy.

There was a demonstration of the technology available for visitors to the centre to use in planning their time in the city, which includes the first Microsoft Surface Tables in any tourist information centre in Europe.

Mr Lloyd also met with the centre's visitor information assistants, who provide guidance to more than 250,000 walk-in visitors and 13,000 telephone enquiries a year.

Tony Lloyd MP said: "Tourism is England's third largest employer, supporting 2.2 million jobs - many of which are school leavers, young people or those unable to work full-time. It's also an incubator for entrepreneurs and generates £97bn a year for the national economy. Many people would be surprised to see how important tourism now is to Manchester's economy and how many jobs it creates. I'm proud to represent a city that has a particularly strong tourism product and it's great to see the industry recognised for its contribution."

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: "English Tourism Week has provided an opportunity to showcase the value and diversity of the visitor economy in Greater Manchester. The city-region now welcomes over 100 million visitors a year - be it for a short break, a day out, a conference or concert. What's important is that these visits bring people and money into the city and its businesses." 

The Manchester Visitor Information Centre re-opened in 2010 following an £800,000 investment in the facility by Manchester City Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

It is the public face of the city's tourism industry and supports the online activity of:

For more information about English Tourism Week, visit:


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Trevor Evers, Communications Manager, Marketing Manchester. Tel: 0161 238 4542. Email: 

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