The Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in Helmsley and Malton are in line for the chop as part of a cost-cutting move by Ryedale District Council.
The authority’s Commissioning Board has recommended that they are closed and replaced by Visitor Information Points in the centre of both towns and ramped up online marketing initiatives such as mobile phone Apps and improved websites.
It will save the council £54,350 in the next financial year.
Pickering TIC will remain open in the proposals which must now be rubberstamped at the council’s meeting on October 31.
According to the council’s website, the “key industry” of tourism is worth an estimated £390 million to the local economy, welcoming 15 million visitors and providing 8,500 jobs.
Julian Rudd, the council’s head of economy, said there has been a trend among tourists to move away from the use of printed material and instead rely on mobile phones to find information online. “The methods by which visitors choose to receive information, and by which visitor economy businesses choose to provide this information, has continued to change rapidly due to the pace of new technology,” he said.
But, he added, the main reason for not closing all TICs is that many visitors still seek face-to-face or telephone information and use paper-based guides. “Older age groups may not use smart phones and there are some local challenged with access to 3G and wi-fi,” he said.