Travel & Tourism


The government has pledged to make Britain one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, but is it doing enough to help the hospitality industry achieve that dream? We have rounded up the latest on the big issues affecting tourism - from the campaign to cut tourism VAT to changing visa laws and the rise of the staycation.

Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, the Champions League Final and Wimbledon 2013 have impacted hotel prices, bookings and occupancy rates

Ferguson farewell highlights positive impact of sport on hotels

By Luke Nicholls

The London 2012 Olympics may not have brought the rewards many hoteliers had expected, but almost a year on a number of sporting events and occasions - including Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement - are having a big effect on hotel prices, bookings and occupancy...

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said tourism was central to the Government's economic growth strategy, but she didn't talk about VAT

New Tourism Strategy missed a trick, says VAT campaign

By Luke Nicholls

The Cut Tourism VAT Campaign is ‘disappointed’ that Culture Secretary Maria Miller and VisitBritain have both failed to realise the importance of reducing VAT for the sector after the national tourist board published its new tourism strategy earlier this...

Holiday visits in February were up 10 per cent, business travel rising by 15 per cent and those visiting friends and relatives up 19 per cent

Fruitful February: Over £1bn spent by nearly 2 million visitors

By Luke Nicholls

National tourist board VisitBritain has today welcomed a ‘bumper February’ with the latest figures from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) showing a 14 per cent rise in the number of overseas visitors and a 9 per cent increase in spend.

The BHA is the leading representative organisation in the hospitality industry, representing hotels, restaurants and foodservice providers

Nick Clegg 'thoroughly welcomes' BHA’s Agenda for 300,000 New Jobs

By Luke Nicholls

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has heaped praise on a report from the British Hospitality Association (BHA), which indicates that 300,000 new jobs could be created across the UK by 2020 if the Government works more closely with hotels, restaurants and...

VisitEngland's new marketing campaign focuses on the four themes of countryside, coast, heritage and culture

New VisitEngland marketing campaign promotes rural breaks

By Luke Nicholls

Hotels, restaurants and pubs in rural locations across England will welcome the news that the national tourist board has launched a new multi-channel marketing campaign designed to boost domestic tourism in 2013.


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