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MP calls for .cumbria domain name

July 30, 2014 1:16 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has said that an internet domain name for Cumbria could benefit local businesses and help promote the county as a tourist destination.

Tim suggested that having Cumbrian specific websites could increase awareness of the county as a destination, help build the brand and boost the local economy.

.wales and .cymru websites will be available for Welsh businesses and institutions later this year, with .london website domains also being launched for websites associated with the capital.

Tim will be writing to the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport and to Nominet, the UK's internet registration organisation, to see if Cumbria could follow suit.

Tim said: "Local businesses already benefit from our strong identity and reputation, particularly as a tourist destination and amongst our excellent farming, food and drink businesses.

"Sealing our distinctive identity online through a .cumbria domain name could help local businesses and organisation stand out from the crowd and could get more people buying Cumbrian produce and visiting our area, which would help our local economy."