Published: 28th May 2020

Regional leaders have called on the government to make the West Midlands the ‘national test bed’ for an early reopening of the tourism, hospitality and cultural sector. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Fiona Allan, chair of the West Midlands Tourism Board and CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome and Martin Sutherland, chair of the West Midlands Cultural Leadership Board and CEO of Coventry City of Culture 2021, have sent a joint letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, asking for the region to be used as a pilot area which would see the sector opening sooner than elsewhere in the country. The region’s tourism, hospitality and the cultural businesses have been hardest hit by the lockdown and, with little or no trading revenue being generated, have been almost entirely reliant on the furlough scheme to avoid wholesale redundancies and business closures. Tourism, hospitality and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)