Caroline Dinenage urges organisations to apply to the Discover England Fund

Local MP Caroline Dinenage urges local organisation to bid for money from the Discover England Fund.

The Discover England Fund is a three-year staged fund from 2016-19 announced by the government as part of last year's spending review. It has been set up to build 'world-class' tourism products and experiences that cater to the needs and aspirations of international visitors to boost inbound spend across England, and also benefit the domestic tourism market.

The fund is designed to tackle head-on some of the challenges facing English tourism. How tourists choose and book their holidays is changing. Visitors from traditional tourism markets are demanding new experiences and places to explore, with some of the strongest growth coming from markets that do not know much about England, or which might have different travel expectations and requirements. And while London continues to have global appeal and attract more than half of visitor spend, there are also a wealth of attractions for visitors to enjoy beyond the capital. Our transport connections do not always make this exploration easy, and customers now expect to book online, use distributors and comparison websites, and see availability at short notice, so we need to be tech and digitally savvy as an industry to keep ahead.

Caroline commented:

"I urge local organisation to apply for this funding, the Gosport peninsula has a wealth of maritime, naval and other tourist attractions and we should take full advantage of that.

Tourism generates about £106 billion annually for the English economy and employs more than 2 million people and it would be fantastic to attract more of the tourism to Gosport!"

You can find more information about the fund here: