KIRKLEES Council is willing to help anyone looking to open a bed and breakfast or guest house.
A council guide, Your Tourism Business, is for anyone interested in running their own accommodation business.
It is produced by the council’s Economic Development Service and aims to ease some of the difficulties involved in setting up a bed and breakfast or guest house.
It provides information on fire regulations, health and safety, food hygiene, access for disabled visitors, planning permission, business rates, insurance, tax and staffing.
Kirklees tourist development officers are also on hand to help people through the process and offer advice.
Clr Ken Sims, Kirklees Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Tourism is incredibly valuable to the Kirklees economy and helps raise our profile as a district.
“In 2006 the Yorkshire Tourist Board found that the overall value of visitors to Kirklees was £385.6m a year and supported 6,281 full time or equivalent jobs.’’
Clr Sims added: “Holmfirth needs more quality-assured guest accommodation to cater for the growing demand.’’
From Last of the Summer Wine enthusiasts to keen walkers, Holmfirth and the Holme Valley attract thousands of tourists every year.
For further information and advice contact Jess Newbould or Tracy Commons on 01484 221675 or 221686.