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South West Tourism to close

South West Tourism (SWT) is to close.

The regional tourist board is funded by the South West Regional Development Agency, which is being axed by the government as part of budget cuts.

SWT director Maureen McAllister said the organisation would cease to exist from 31 March 2011.

"What we are hoping is we can bring partners together so that when SWT closes we can make sure that there is still some support for the industry," she explained.

"It's critical that we bring partners together to grasp the mantle and take this forward with us."

SWT encourages the development of tourism in Bath, Bristol, Bournemouth, Poole, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

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