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- Meeting of Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, Thursday, 7th May, 2020 4.00pm (Item 66.)
To consider the following matters raised by members of the public:
(a) Petitions: To receive any petitions presented by members of the public;
(b) Written Questions: To receive any questions submitted by the due date of 12 noon on the 1st May 2020;
(c) Deputations: To receive any deputations submitted by the due date of 12 noon on the 1st May 2020.
(i) Operational Measures and Tourism Marketing Strategy
66.1 The Democratic Services Officer submitted the following question on behalf of Ms Julia Weeks:
“If as Nicola Sturgeon has said "Social distancing and limiting our contact with others will be a fact of life for a long time to come. Certainly, until treatments and ultimately a vaccine offer different solutions. So that means possibly for the rest of this year or even beyond" what operational measures will be put in place, eg on our beaches/seafront, and what will our (responsible) Tourism marketing strategy for the city be?”
66.2 The Chair provided the following response:
The operation of the Seafront will continue to be guided by the requirements as issued by Central Government. The council continues to work closely with Sussex Police on the operational requirements of the Seafront for this very important outdoor recreational area for the city.
As part of the Council’s corporate approach to the city’s recovery, VisitBrighton are currently working with City Stakeholders to develop a joined-up Visitor Economy plan, which includes marketing, and would be initiated at the appropriate moment as and when Government guidance is clear on the easing of lockdown. Full consideration as to how to promote travel and tourism in a responsible way will be a key part of this initiative. VisitBrighton are also engaged with various Regional and National bodies such as Tourism South East and VisitBritain to be involved and included in any recovery campaigns as they develop.”