- February 6, 2013
- Posted by: OIA Admin
- Category: Association News
Following yesterday's monumental vote for the Marriage (same sex) Bill in the House of Lords. David Rutley MP a key supporter of Britain on Foot and the OIA, proposed a debate on the significance of the Outdoor Economy to Britain.
The debate was lively with many MP's contributing to raising the importance of outdoor pursuits to the health of the nation and to rural economies. Several high profile organisations, and OIA Members where mentioned included the Ramblers, but significantly Britain on Foot and the work of the Outdoor Industries Association was a key focus of the debate with the Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Hugh Robertson, stating:
“…VisitEngland includes the promotion of outdoor activity in its work with the support of the regional growth fund and investment from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. My hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (David Rutley) will be pleased to hear that it is entirely supportive of the aims of the Britain on Foot campaign, as they align with increasing activity in the great outdoors and the subsequent economic benefit for tourism businesses. VisitEngland recognises the connection between increased outdoor activity-related tourism and increased sales of outdoor clothing and equipment. The agenda of the Outdoor Industries Association and Britain on Foot is very much aligned with VisitEngland’s strategic framework for tourism in England. Its focus on modernising the rural offering and getting younger people in particular interested in outdoor experiences will ultimately benefit the rural economy.”
We will of course bring you a full report of this amazing debate and the significance of it to Britain on Foot and the Outdoor Industries soon, but the importance of this debate can not be underestimated and certianly shows that Britain on Foot has gained significant government interest and raised the profile of the Outdoor Industries as a whole.
You can read the full debate here.
You can also register your interest in Britain on Foot here.