Confusion over new tourism minister cleared up with announcement

The role of UK tourism minister has been handed to Salisbury MP John Glen just days after it was suggested that former incumbent Tracey Crouch had been re-appointed.

Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, has instead been given the position of minister for sport and civil society.

She held the tourism brief alongside sport and heritage prior to the general election.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed its ministerial team with Glen responsible for arts and heritage as well as tourism.

The department added that Glen, a Conservative MP since 2010, had a positive meeting with VisitBritain chairman Steve Ridgway and chief executive Sally Balcombe yesterday.

Glen said: “I am delighted to be representing such an exciting and influential industry as tourism.

“I know from my own constituency how important tourism is to communities across the country in creating jobs and driving growth. I look forward to working closely with the sector to continue to maximise its impact in Britain and across the world.”

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