Agenda Item No. 14(d)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 5 MARCH 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 24 FEBRUARY 2014
C2219 REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT AND PARTENERSHIP STRUCTURES IN THE TOURISM SECTOR (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –
Members were informed of the receipt of the consultation document 'Regional Engagement and Partnership Structures in the Tourism Sector' issued by Welsh Government attached at Appendix 1 to the report and to approve the Vale of Glamorgan Council response to the consultation as set out in Appendix 2 attached to the report.
In June 2013, 'Partnership for Growth: The Welsh Government Strategy for Tourism 2013-2020' was launched by The Minister for the Economy, Transport and Science.
The Minister established a Tourism Sector Panel in September 2011 and asked them to lead the development of a new strategy and direction for the sector. The strategy represented the results of the work which had involved a process of research and analysis, evaluation of options and engagement with the tourism industry.
The consultation document entitled 'Regional Engagement and Partnership Structures, in the Tourism Sector' was issued on 5th December 2013 and sought a response by 27th February 2014. The consultation was seeking views on what regional engagement and partnership structure would work best in Wales. The consultation document made it clear that the aim was to support the effective implementation of the Welsh Government Strategy for Tourism by minimising duplication of representation, resources and effort.
The response to the consultation of the Council was set out in Appendix 2 to the report and referred to the need to align regional working to existing models to avoid unnecessary duplication but also to ensure synergies were made between investment, regeneration and economic development and transport.
In addition the suggested response make reference to the important role of the Vale of Glamorgan in the South East Wales region and used the regeneration scheme at Barry Island as a case study to demonstrate links between tourism and regeneration.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(3) T H A T the urgent decision procedure as set out in article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution be used in view of the need to respond to Welsh Government by Friday 27th February 2014.
Reasons for decisions
(3) To allow the Council's response to be submitted within the timescale.