Heritage and Tourism spokesman William Cash has laid out our policies in that area at our Spring Conference in Margate. Tourism is our fifth largest industry – bigger than the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. In 2013, 32.8 million visitors came to the UK spending £21 billion – and the latest figures indicate a 5% increase. Since 2010 tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK with one in every three jobs being created being in tourism. But the British government has no Minister for Heritage.
He said: “UKIP will also roll back George Osborne’s VAT policies and cut the 20% VAT levy on listed building repairs and maintenance to just 5%, to incentivise the upkeep of Britain’s nearly 500,000 listed buildings.
“We will also introduce new Rural Conservation Areas to protect scenic countryside and market town settings, as well as market towns and Cathedral Cities whose historic character is essential for regional economic growth. This would return to the ‘presumption in favour of Conservation’ as opposed to the current ‘presumption in favour of Development.’
William Cash went on to say: “I began by highlighting the nonsense that fast-food restaurants can get brown tourist signs when historic castles cannot. UKIP will ensure sure only proper tourist attractions get the iconic brown signs, to make them more relevant to genuine tourism, as opposed to just commercial concerns. They will be signs to the Best of Britain."