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.

Penrose will be abseiling in the Mendips, a range of Limestone hills to the south of Bristol and Bath in Somerset

John Penrose to gain first-hand experience of red tape

By Luke Nicholls

Tourism Minister John Penrose is set to partake in a work placement at an outdoor pursuits firm in Western-Super-Mare, in order to further understand the challenges and opportunities facing tourism industry small businesses such as red tape.

London tourism could be impacted by recent rioting in the capital

British tourism set for record-breaking summer?

By Kate Mead

Latest figures for inbound tourism and visitor spending suggest a record-breaking summer for Britain lies ahead, but experts say the recent riots are a concern for potential visitors.

Tourism stats: Britain's appeal is recovering

Tourism to Britain increases 11%

By Lorraine Heller

Britain is on its way to recovering its appeal as a holiday destination for international tourists, according to encouraging data on tourism figures so far this year.

Sarah Duignan, director of account management at STR Global

UK hotel performance: the past, present and future

By Becky Paskin

Delegates at the inaugural Boutique Hotel Summit this week were told to watch their pricing structure for the 2012 London Olympic Games to avoid pricing themselves out of the market.


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