Tourism Minister visits Winchester attractions recovering from Covid-19
A GOVERNMENT minister took advantage of a tour of Winchester tourist sites as the city recovers from the Covid pandemic.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston visited some of the city’s top tourist attractions on a trip today (Monday).
During the visit, the MP for Mid Worcestershire received guided tours of the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral, accompanied by Steve Brine from the MP for Winchester.
Mr Huddleston’s visit comes in light of the government’s national tourism stimulus plan which is expected to help and accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector after Covid-19.
Mr Brine said: “It was great to have Nigel here and show him some of the special places that we have. We need to revive domestic tourism after 15 terrible months and there is no better place to start than Winchester.
“The fact remains, so much tourism comes from foreign visitors and locals tend to miss it because that’s right where we live and our thoughts often turn to further afield. Out of necessity as much as anything else, it’s time to change that in 2021 and frankly we need it because our tourism industry needs help. ”
Andrew Bateman, Director of Tourism for Hampshire County Council and Visit Hampshire, joined the MP and Minister on the visit.