The CLA today (7 March) welcomed the Government consultation on moving the May Day Bank Holiday - after eight years of lobbying on the issue by the Association.
CLA President William Worsley said: "The CLA has been pushing for a change to bank holiday allocations since 2003 when we published our report Rural Tourism: Opportunities for Growth. Tourism brings massive economic benefits to the countryside but needs a longer season to help rural businesses survive during the quieter months. "I am pleased this Government has seen sense and decided to find out how changing the public holiday to either April or October would help boost tourism in the UK. Extending the season either way would have major beneficial impacts on rural tourism businesses throughout England and Wales."