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MAYORAL CANDIDATES SPELL OUT PLANS FOR TOURISM

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Caterer and Hotelkeeper (p24) carries a feature on the campaign for London mayor, and asks whether the eventual win...
Caterer and Hotelkeeper (p24) carries a feature on the campaign for London mayor, and asks whether the eventual winner will 'make tourism the priority it ought to be be'.

The main candidates recently attended a meeting of the British Hospitality Association, to outline their views on the subject.

Ken Livingstone's prposals include:

an airport tax to fund the mayor's office

naming and shaming poor hotels

imposing congestion charges

promoting King's Cross as a site for a new international conference centre

encouraging Britons to holiday in London

Liberal Democrat candidate Susan Kramer's proposals include:

two per cent hotel accommodation tax to fund statutory inspection

free entry in cultural attractions

seeking increased funding for London Tourist Board

encouraging the opening of new attractions

encouraging hotels in non-central boroughs

promoting London as an attraction to children

Steven Norris (Conservative):

Addressing the skills shortage

Droping airport tax and avoiding any new taxes

Building an underground coach park at Hyde Park

Promoting Kings Cross as a site for a new conference centre

Labour's Frank Dobson proposes:

Seeking better training for the unemployed.

Avoiding taxes to keep business costs down

promoting London culture and tourism

changing negative perceptions of the tourist industry

promoting a new conference venue - but not at Kings Cross

Encouraging the opening of new attractions.

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