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TOURISM CHIEF IS FORCED OUT OF OFFICE

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The Yorkshire Post (p9) reports that tourism officer David James has been forced to take early retirement from Scar...
The Yorkshire Post (p9) reports that tourism officer David James has been forced to take early retirement from Scarborough BC after accusations from local businesses that he was failing to halt the resort's decline. Chief executive John Trebble is reported to have been reluctant to let him go at the age of 53, and after nine years in the job. But James faced calls for his resignation from some of the biggest names in the tourism trade.

The Post quotes from Trebble's official statement that lists his achievements. He said: 'Many members of the committee were very disappointed and disturbed to note the campaign against Mr James, which they believe is wholly unjustified.... the authority will lose a first-class director of tourism.'

The council has allowed him to take his tourism monitoring system with him, as part of a retirement deal. As a proviso, he will have to pay the council its average earnings in the past six years. The local holiday industry is now hoping that the council will allow the private sector 'into the fold' as partners.
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