Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:18

Tourism Minister Helen Grant stepped out of the chilly Cornish winter and into the warmth of the Eden Project Biomes yesterday (February 5).

The Minister was on a whistle-stop tour of Cornwall, meeting tourism chiefs at different locations to discuss future prospects for the industry.

Eden Project Director Gordon Seabright, who is a member of the Visit Cornwall Partnership and Working Group, joined Lord St Levan, Chair of the partnership, Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, and other industry leaders at a working lunch in Marazion prior to the Eden visit.

At Eden Gordon gave the Minister a guided tour of the Mediterranean Biome, alongside Eden Executive Director Peter Stewart and Development Director Dan James, and briefed her on future plans for Eden and its role in the tourism economy.

Minister for Tourism Helen Grant said: “I was thrilled to visit the Eden Project today, a wonderful tourist attraction which is not only breathtaking in appearance, but is educational too.

“It's not surprising the Eden Project attracts large crowds of visitors on a regular basis and I'm excited to see how it develops further given their great plans for the future.”

Gordon Seabright said: “We were delighted to host a visit by the Minister for Tourism, who showed such enthusiasm and interest in the Eden Project and a great understanding of the issues facing tourism in Cornwall. It was great to be able to show her the largest rainforest in captivity, and we are looking forward to her coming down for a longer and more leisurely visit in the future.”