Tourism boss in praise for Peak

TOURISM Minister John Penrose embarked on a whistle-stop tour of the Peak District and Derbyshire last week to witness the vital role that the industry plays in sustaining and stimulating the area’s economy.

Mr Penrose visited at the invitation of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and some of its key public and private sector partners to see at first-hand the current and future challenges and opportunities they face.

He travelled by train to Chesterfield Station for a whirlwind visit and summit meeting with some of local tourism’s leading players.

Highlights of Mr Penrose’s tour included visits to Chatsworth, the Heights of Abraham, the Peak District Mining Museum and bed and breakfast establishment The Cables at Matlock Bath, and the cycle hire and café business Hassop Station, which included a half-hour ride on electric bikes on the Monsal Trail near Buxton.

He also attended an evening reception at East Lodge Hotel and Restaurant at Rowsley.

“Both the Peak District and Derbyshire are beautiful destinations that offer a fantastic range of attractions to their visitors,” said Mr Penrose.

“I’m pleased to see the private and public sectors working so closely together to encourage growth and inspire more people to visit the region.”

David Thornton, Head of Marketing and Deputy Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, added: “It was a genuine pleasure to welcome Mr Penrose to see for himself the successful way the public and private sectors are working closely together to ensure that tourism – and all those who depend on it for their livelihoods - prospers, both now and in the future.”