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National park to tighten tourist accommodation rules
Wednesday 27 November 2002

PEOPLE who rent out holiday accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are to face tighter inspection rules, the national park authority (NPA) has decided.

Although, in general, there are few complaints about the standard of accommodation for visitors to the Dales, there have been a few isolated cases which have received adverse publicity.

Various tourist boards - and the local councils in Craven and Richmondshire - all have rules forbidding the advertising of accommodation which has not been inspected as a method of weeding out nthe few "bad apples" which can ruin the whole barrel.

So the NPA has decided to phase out any advertising in its literature, tourist guides and website for properties that have not been inspected by the English Tourist Board. The scheme will come into effect in November, next year, and the 2005 edition of park's Visitor newspaper will ban all non- inspected premises.

NPA Chairman Steve Macaré, explained: "Today's decision will bring us in-line with tourist board guidelines. However, rather than putting the new policy in place straight away, we have agreed a transition period that will allow accommodation providers sufficient time to become inspected or to find alternative marketing methods."

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