THE local tourist industry has received a boost from the Mayor of South Tyneside.
Coun Ernest Gibson visited The Little Haven Hotel in River Drive, South Shields, to discover what it has to offer.
The hotel is considered an important player in the borough’s tourism network.
It welcomes guests from all over the UK, plus mainland Europe, America, Japan and South Africa.
Dozens of weddings have been staged at the coastal hotel, and it is also the venue for weekly and monthly business networking events, helping to bring the local business community closer together.
Coun Gibson said: “The Little Haven Hotel plays an important role in the borough, as it is very supportive and proactive in creating opportunities for people associated in business circles across South Tyneside.
“It also does a great deal of work helping to spread the word about the council’s flagship leisure projects, like encouraging visitors to use facilities such as Haven Point on the Foreshore.
“The hotel is doing its bit to enhance South Tyneside’s tourism scene by passing on knowledge and providing a quality service.”
Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure at South Tyneside Council, said: “Tourism is invaluable to South Tyneside, as it contributes greatly to the region and is worth more than £200m a year to the local economy.
“It also helps to support thousands of vital jobs in the cultural, heritage and hotelier industries, that are important ingredients to the employment sector.”
More than 70 full, part-time and seasonal staff work at the hotel.
General manager Graham Davidson said: “It is crucial the mayor is supportive with regards to local business issues, as it helps towards driving the area forward, along with the local economy.
“Tourism is very important, as it enables businesses of the area to provide better services and jobs for the people living, working and visiting the area.”