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ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION: CULTURE AND TOURISM IN THE LEARNING AGE

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LGA culture and tourism chiefs have called on local authorities to build on good work between culture and tourism a...
LGA culture and tourism chiefs have called on local authorities to build on good work between culture and tourism and education and lifelong learning.

In a discussion paper to be launched at next week's LGA's culture and tourism conference in Bristol, councils have been urged to join-up cultural plans and learning strategies.

With detailed case studies, the paper underlines the learning benefits of culture and tourism - from accessing interactive IT in museums to exploring other communities and lifestyles.

Chris Heinitz, LGA cultural services chair, said: 'Cultural services and tourism sectors need to promote their contribution to raising educational standards.

'With improved links, culture and tourism will make an even greater contribution to learning opportunities and social inclusion.

'The LGA calls upon the government to involve culture and tourism agencies in the new Learning and Skills Councils to ensure joined-up thinking with lifelong learning.'

Sir Ron Watson, LGA tourism chair, said: 'Cultural services and tourism are fast growing sectors both in terms of employment and consumer demand.

'As key players in these areas, local authorities are uniquely placed to develop an integrated approach to culture, tourism, lifelong learning and education.

'This can lead not only to more people training for jobs in the industry but to education through enjoyment.'

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1) The 20-page discussion paper, 'Culture and Tourism in the Learning Age' is available on request via email or fax. Case studies are available on the following areas: Kent; Wigan; Windsor and Maidenhead; Lake District National Park; Telford and Wrekin; Bournemouth; Bolton; Chester; Nottingham

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