Plan to encourage tourists to visit Corby

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Conservative councillors in Corby want to set up a Local Tourism Commission for the town.

They made the proposal in their WeLoveCorby Tourism Motion and say it will kick start new regeneration in the town and bring more facilities and enterprise to the area.

The motion calls for the new commission to be set up and to include councillors, council officers and representatives from the various recreation industries and volunteer groups in Corby. They want the commission, in partnership with the council’s culture and leisure department, to prepare a Corby tourism strategy to encourage tourists to visit Corby’s many local heritage sites.

The councillors say that by encouraging tourists to visit Corby’s various heritage sites, which include Rockingham Castle, Kirby Hall, St John’s Church, East Carlton Park and Corby Old Village, the town will be able to attract private investment in new facilities, restaurants and recreation zones.

The group have also highlighted the significance of a number of cultural events which take place in the local area such as the Highland Gathering, Corby Carnival, Weldonfest and the Gretton Music Festival.

Cllr David Sims, said: “Corby has seen a huge amount of investment from private companies and central government in recent years and this has been a massive boost for regeneration in the town. What we now want to do is take regeneration in Corby to the next level by promoting tourism in the area. The level of investment that an area receives will always be tied to the population in that area and the number of people who will use the facilities invested in. If we can generate a healthy tourist industry in Corby, this will significantly increase the number of potential customers for new facilities and will go a long way towards encouraging new companies and industries to invest in Corby.”

The motion will be debated by the council on Thursday, September 19.