Stamford firms asked to help boost tourist trade

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HOTELS and restaurants will be able to have their say on how best to attract tourists.

Stamford Town Council is looking at ways to safeguard the important tourist trade and wants to hear from businesses. Representatives from restaurants, hotels and guesthouses are being invited to a meeting in October to discuss how the town could be improved.

The meeting is being organised by a council sub-group, the strategic development committee.

Members are also working with Burghley House and tourist groups in Rutland and Peterborough.

Committee member Coun Maureen Jalili (LibDem) said: “Tourism is quite good in Stamford but I don’t think we can sit back. We have to continue to look at the situation and look at ways we can improve it even more by working with hotels and independent businesses.

“They are the ones who deal all the time with tourists. They know what visitors’ impressions of Stamford are.”

Coun Jalili is also hoping to collate accurate information on how much income is produced by tourism.

The meeting will be held in the court room at the town hall from 10am to 1pm on October 13 and businesses will be sent invitations to attend.

Coun Jalili said some complaints had been made about litter in the town and there had already been a suggestion that the public toilets should be open on Sundays.