With research showing the tourism industry brings about £1.6bn into the Yorkshire economy a year, leading national tourism experts have gathered in the Peak District National Park to discuss the future of tourism in the region.
At a conference organised by the Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research at Sheffield Hallam University, Richard Caborn MP and Tom Levitt MP praised the tourism industry in the Peak District and examined the future relationship between the tourism industry, government and higher education.
Richard Caborn urged tourism educators to work with industry to present a unified voice to government in order to influence policy.
Sustainable tourism was also a key topic, and according to speakers the tourism industry needs to become greener across the board.
Guest speakers for the conference, held at Losehill Hall, included Richard Caborn MP, Tom Levitt MP, Dr Kevin Nield from Sheffield Business School, Dr Cathy Guthrie Secretary of the Tourism Management Institute and Professor Chris Cooper, Dean of Oxford Brookes University Business School. Delegates came from as far afield as South Africa, Canada and Europe.