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Minister samples Kent rural heritage

Minister samples Kent rural heritage Minister samples Kent rural heritage
Newly-appointed tourism minister Helen Grant joined Visit Kent for her first visit to a popular visitor attraction, calling at Kent Life, the 28-acre Kent Rural Heritage Experience, at Sandling, near Maidstone.

Grant, who is MP for Maidstone, joined Visit Kent chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh and chairman Amanda Cottrell.

“The tourism industry is a key part of our economic growth strategy and it supports local jobs and businesses up and down the country,” says Grant. “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.”

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.

Matthews-Marsh adds: “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.”

www.visitkent.co.uk

Photo: Tourism minister Helen Grant with Amanda Cottrell, left, and Sandra Matthews-Marsh, right, at Kent Life.