David Cameron celebrated part of his local visitor economy with Experience Oxfordshire, 16 January, at Eynsham Hall’s grand unveiling following its £2.5m refurbishment.
The Prime Minister attended the first Experience Oxfordshire networking event of 2016 at Eynsham Hall, near to his own Witney constituency. Over 150 people from local businesses and organisations were in attendance.
The event offered Experience Oxfordshire partners a chance to meet other businesses from across the visitor economy sector and network, as well as well to catch up with the Experience Oxfordshire team.
After speaking to the invited audience the Prime Minister chatted to many of Experience Oxfordshire’s Partners and local businesses and presented B4’s Richard and Colin Rosser a celebratory certificate on behalf of the bureau for their 10 years in business.
The event was part of a series of annual events and programmes that Experience Oxfordshire runs for their partners.
“It has been a pleasure to attend today’s event here at the stunning, newly refurbished Eynsham Hall and to speak with local businesses. I am passionate about the tourism sector – as shown by the drive I have given to the government’s plans, including the excellent ‘Great’ campaign – and I am extremely proud to see the sector doing so well here in Oxfordshire,” the Prime Minister said.
“I was delighted to hear of Experience Oxfordshire’s plans for the future and to see true public and private sector collaboration. I would urge any business with an interest in the visitor economy to get involved with Experience Oxfordshire and the great things they are doing. I will watch how this further develops with much interest and my support for the sector remains strong”.
Hayley Beer-Gamage, chief executive of Experience Oxfordshire added, pictured above with David Cameron and Eynsham Hall GM Shaun Bowles, said: “This has been a fantastic start to the year to have the Prime Minister in attendance…We are an ambitious organisation looking to engage and grow the visitor economy across Oxfordshire and we are delighted to be receiving so much support”.
Bowles added: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work recently completed at Eynsham Hall, especially the new main hall bedrooms.”
Each year Oxfordshire welcomes 26.7m visitors who spend £1.86bn in the local economy, which in turn supports over 32,000 jobs.