12 OCT 2013

New Tourism Minister, Helen Grant, Visits Kent Life

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald, joined the team from Visit Kent for her first trip to a popular tourist attraction in her new role as Tourism Minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

She joined Visit Kent Chief Executive, Sandra Matthews-Marsh and Chairman, Amanda Cottrell, who were amongst the very first to congratulate the Minister on her promotion, at Kent Life, the popular 28-acre Kent Rural Heritage Experience, at Sandling, near Maidstone.

Award-winning Kent Life, part of The Continuum Group, welcomes thousands of visitors each year keen to find out more about the history of the Garden of England and enjoy a lively calendar of special events for all the family.

Helen Grant said:

"The tourism industry is a key part of our economic growth strategy and it supports local jobs and businesses up and down the country.  I look forward to working closely with the tourism sector to encourage further growth and promote all the great culture and heritage sites we have to offer in this country such as Kent Life".

Mrs Matthews-Marsh said:

"Helen's appointment is great news for Kent and we were delighted to be able to congratulate her on her promotion at such a superb attraction.  As a Kent MP, Helen is very aware of the important role tourism plays in supporting our economy and creating jobs.  We are really looking forward to working even more closely with Helen and hope that she will be able to find time in her very busy schedule to visit more Kent attractions and meet the many people who contribute so much to tourism in our county".

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