West Dorset's MP says it's time to welcome visitors back to the county

West Dorset's MP says it's time to welcome visitors back to the county

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:13am 9th July 2020.

Visitors have started to arrive in Dorset for overnight stays, just in time for the summer season.

Restrictions on the sector were eased on 4th July and will save thousands of local jobs in tourism, leisure and hospitality according to West Dorset MP Chris Loder. 

Chris Loder tells us he has been liaising with Government ministers and the British Holiday and Home Parks Association throughout the pandemic to get Dorset's holiday parks and campsites back open as soon as possible. 
 
Mr Loder said:

"Having our holiday parks back open is saving jobs and boosting local economies. 

"In recent weeks, I've lobbied Government ministers and liaised with the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, to push for our holiday parks to reopen as soon as was safely possible - and in the meantime to help park owners navigate financial support through Government schemes. 

"So, this is a crucial week for the tourism industry, and for the future of 'Destination West Dorset'."

Chris Loder MP talks to the owners and staff at East Fleet Farm Touring Park
Chris Loder MP talks to the owners and staff at East Fleet Farm Touring Park

On Monday he met with the Whitfield and Stamper family, who own East Fleet Farm Touring Park.

It was the first day the family were able to reopen for business since lockdown. 

The park is set on the family's 200-acre organic farm in Chickerell, alongside the World Heritage Jurassic Coast Footpath.

East Fleet is just one of the local holiday parks that the MP has been supporting during the pandemic.

Environmentally friendly management-on-wheels at East Fleet Farm Touring Park
Environmentally friendly management-on-wheels at East Fleet Farm Touring Park

Chris Loder continued:

"Tourism contributes £1 billion to Dorset's economy and £330 million in West Dorset alone. 

"I understand from owners that bookings are strong, which is encouraging, and I now welcome visitors to return safely to our historic market towns, rolling countryside and Jurassic Coast as part of their great British holiday in West Dorset"