A BUOYANT future has been predicted for North Yorkshire's tourism industry following a major re-structuring of the tourist board.

The board's chief executive, David Andrews, told its annual meeting at York Racecourse that Yorkshire's tourism industry faced great opportunities as a result of the changes.

Mr Andrews said spending in the county was up £335m last year - a rise of 17 per cent at a time when spending had dropped nationally by one per cent.

Mr Andrews said there was a need for more information about visitors to the county to allow new investment and more facilities to be provided.

The chairman, Councillor David Gemmell, said the Coastal Tourism Initiative had made grants of £443,000, which generated £1.5m of private funding in the past year to help attract more visitors.