EXPERTS are putting ideas together to help North Yorkshire's tourism sector recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

Welcome to Yorkshire have accepted the challenge to act as the conduit for the region’s crucial tourism resurgence, welcoming valuable input from a wide ranging panel of tourism representatives.

The tourism body has now held two online meetings with hundreds of online attendees and industry experts to discuss the issues facing the industry.

James Mason, Chief Executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The passion for tourism to succeed in Yorkshire was palpable and more prevalent than ever at today’s meeting, with a successful recovery plan being the overall priority for all.

"There was an obvious and common agreed acceptance of the many complex issues facing the industry, as a result of the coronavirus crisis, but also a combined thirst and eagerness to work together, to create confidence and provide a safe tourism experience for businesses, residents, workers and visitors throughout.

"Now we want to enable people to turn words into actions but we need a combined effort here with public and private service providers to enable this. "

"Guidelines must be set so businesses can adhere to them with confidence.”

Welcome to Yorkshire Chair Peter Box added: “Today’s meeting was another step forward with a strong sense of collaboration and team spirit from across the county.

"It’s imperative to continue working with industry representatives to build a strong tourism recovery plan led by Welcome to Yorkshire and to act on the ideas shared.”

Among the concepts discussed were the sharing of good practice and the idea of looking at ‘safe trial’ attractions and/or towns to deliver an insightful and agreed recovery plan for the whole county

Welcome to Yorkshire say a draft plan with recommendations will be ready for consultation in the near future, following further input from partner organisations.