Supporting Somerset Tourism

Alongside farming and food manufacturing, tourism is the key industry here in Somerset. Last year, the tourism industry was worth £1.3 billion and supported around 34,000 jobs in the county.

I believe that there is so much more potential in local tourism, and I can see a role for the Government and local authorities in working with Visit Somerset to make sure that potential is unlocked.

Whether it be beating water issues, threats to the local countryside or helping with marketing our county to the outside world, I will seek to engage central government to make sure that our local tourism industry drives further growth in the economy over the next few years.


M5 Improvements Essential For Local Tourism Warns Burnham MP

MP for the Wells Constituency James Heappey spoke in Parliament last week about the road network in the South West. In a debate secured by Devon MP, Neil Parish, Mr Heappey joined colleagues from across the region in calling for the Government to deliver the promised upgrades to the South West’s road network.

MP Backs Business In Brean

Local MP James Heappey recently hosted a meeting to discuss the development of tourism in Brean. The meeting was attended by all but one of Brean’s holiday parks as well as representatives of Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Visit Somerset and the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.

MP Meets With Bristol Airport CEO

James Heappey MP met with Bristol Airport CEO, Robert Sinclair, to discuss the future of the airport, the difficulties posed in commuting there from the constituency, and its importance to business and tourism in the area. 

Announcement of bathing water quality at Burnham-on-Sea

I have been disappointed to see this morning that the bathing water at Burnham-on-Sea’s Jetty has been graded poor under new EU bathing water grades. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were taking questions in the House of Commons this morning and so I was immediately able to raise this important local issue with the Minister responsible. 

Wells MP To Bring Somerset To Westminster

Local MP James Heappey has invited Visit Somerset, Somerset’s Tourism Association, to the House of Commons to showcase a possible UK first for tourism in Somerset.

Tourism: “Let's End Medieval Infrastructure"

James Heappey, the prospective Conservative MP for the Wells constituency, says tourism in Somerset will be disadvantaged unless it can keep pace with fast broadband and other vital infrastructure.