The grants from the European Regional Development Fund are: £180,990 to Allerdale BC for West Cumbria Tourism Initiative aimed at co-ordinating and expanding the marketing of tourism in the area by raising the national awareness of West Cumbria as a tourism destination.
£97,875 to Barrow in Furness BC for Furness Tourism Partnership which will help to continue the work of the English Tourist Board funded Furness and Cartmel Tourism Development Action Programme.
Lord Inglewood announced the awards when he launched customer care training initiatives at a 'Welcome in the West' conference in Cleator.
'The main purpose of the European Regional Development Fund is to combat regional differences in economic prosperity.
'We recognise the important part tourism can and must play in regenerating both urban and rural areas in decline.
'Improvement to tourism facilities instils a sense of civic pride. And this in turn assists campaigns for inward investment to these areas, with an obvious spin-off for the local economy.'