Tourism Minister Penrose unveils £250k Cotswolds conference investment

The Tourism and Heritage Minister, John Penrose, opened the Cotswold Conference Centre’s new conservatory-style Willersey Room.
The new £250,000 resource for conference organisers offers views over the Farncombe Estate and provides significant extra dining capacity for corporate customers.
The VIP opening was part of a regional tour arranged by the Cotswolds Conservation Board to consider the unique position of the Cotswolds in attracting tourists from around the globe. Cotswold Conference Centre was chosen to host the event by the board, a regular customer of the centre.
The Minister also had a meeting with key tourism stakeholders, businesses and local authorities. The group also visited Broadway Tower, a unique Capability Brown Folly, and one of England’s outstanding viewpoints.
Richard Howdle, Operations Manager at Cotswold Conference Centre, said: “It was great to welcome both the Tourism and Heritage Minister and VisitEngland officials to showcase some of the first-class facilities we have here.
“The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and have been extremely popular with leisure visitors for many years.
“However, conference centres such as ours are increasingly attracting business tourists to the region, too, making it a favourite destination for many different people from across the world.”
The Minister unveiled a plaque officially naming the Willersey Room, and said: “This business is a real success story. It is an organisation that has had to branch out and invent new lines of business, becoming so successful that it needs more space. This is a high-quality problem to have.
“It’s superb to see high-quality facilities springing up anywhere, but particularly in such a beautiful part of the country.”
James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland, noted the national tourism board would be be featuring the Cotswolds in its forthcoming advertising campaign which launches later this month.
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