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Bristol South MP visits local tourist attractions

Bristol ZooIn an effort to demonstrate that Britain remains ‘open for business’ following the recent flooding and foot-and-mouth scares, the Rt. Hon. Dawn Primarolo – Bristol South MP and Minister for Public Health – visited some of Bristol’s most popular tourist attractions.

Supported by Destination Bristol and joined by Bristol City Council Leader Councillor Helen Holland, Dawn spent the day visiting Bristol Zoo and the magnificent Tyntesfield Estate in Nailsea.

The visit came at the height of the summer season and one of the busiest days of the year for Bristol tourism. Following the recent foot-and-mouth outbreaks in Surrey and the floods across the country, the Government is keen to continue supporting the tourism industry by reminding residents and visitors alike that Bristol – and Britain – is still open to visitors.

Speaking about her visit Dawn said:

“Tourism is incredibly important to the British economy. Our attractions add to the country’s wellbeing, and stimulating leisure opportunities benefit physical and mental health.

“Here in Bristol, we have a huge range of wonderful attractions and a thriving tourism industry. It’s vital that we support it by sending out the message that despite floods and foot and mouth, we remain very much open for business.”

Council leader Helen Holland added:

“This has been a wonderful day. It’s not hard to see why Bristol remains a favourite among visitors to the UK. I’d urge all Bristolians and all visitors to our city to come and support our tourism industry by taking in one of the many great attractions we have to offer.”

[9 August 2007]

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