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Hopes of £20m boost as Lake District is named World Heritage Site
The Lake District National Park has been officially named as a World Heritage site - bringing hopes of a £20m boost to Cumbria's economy.
UNESCO listed the site on its World Heritage Status List at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee.
The Lake District joins just over 1,000 World Heritage Sites worldwide including some of the most iconic locations on the planet such as the Taj Mahal, Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon.
Economic experts believe change in status could be worth another £20m in benefits.
Lake District National Park Chief Executive, Richard Leafe, said there was great excitement over the achievement.
Richard said: “The Lake District is an evolving landscape that has changed over time and will continue to do so. Improving landscape biodiversity and looking after our cultural heritage underpin the Partnership’s management plan which sets out how, together, we will look after the National Park as a World Heritage Site for everyone to enjoy.”
The bid, the UK's only submission for 2016, was submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England.
John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: "The Lake District is one of the UK’s most stunning and ancient landscapes and I am thrilled it has been granted World Heritage Site status.
"This decision will undoubtedly elevate the position of the Lake District internationally, boosting tourism and benefiting local communities and businesses."