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.

Events revealed for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Diamond Jubilee: event details revealed

By Lorraine Heller

Buckingham Palace has issued details for the Diamond Jubilee celebration events next year, which will mark key dates in the calendars of hospitality operators set to benefit from extra footfall over the long weekend.

The Jubilee Weekend is likely to stretch from Saturday 2 June until Tuesday 5 June

Diamond Jubilee double bank holiday to create business boost

By Lorraine Heller

The extra bank holidays expected for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year are likely to provide the nation’s hospitality operators with a similar boost to that received during the Royal Wedding weekend, says the national tourist board.

Tourists spent £114bn in UK in 2008, says ONS

Tourists spent £114bn in UK in 2008, says ONS

By Lorraine Heller

Domestic and foreign tourists spent a total of £114bn in the UK in 2008, with more money forked out on food than on hotels, according to a new set of experimental data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

UK staycations: Britons opt for seaside, amusement parks and city breaks

Britons to spend £7bn on home holidays this summer

By Lorraine Heller

The British tourism industry is set to receive a £7.2bn boost this summer from cash-strapped Britons opting to take their holiday break in the UK, reveals a new travel study conducted by the budget hotel group Travelodge.

VAT reductions are amongst measures to help boost Irish tourism

Ireland cuts VAT for hotels and restaurants

By Lorraine Heller

The Irish government has announced a 4.5 per cent cut in VAT on tourism-related goods and services as part of efforts to support the sector and promote employment.

VisitBritain captured web interest during the Royal Wedding

VisitBritain captures global web interest from Royal Wedding

By Lorraine Heller

The UK’s tourist agency VisitBritain has released preliminary figures from a marketing study from the Royal Wedding, and has said it hopes to continue to engage the additional international web users who joined its online communities during the event.

London: one of top 10 destinations voted by TripAdvisor travellers

London voted 8th top destination by TripAdvisor travellers

By Lorraine Heller

Although London remains a top destination for travellers from around the world, the popular tourist destination has this year been overtaken by cities in South Africa, Australia and South America, according to a new survey by TripAdvisor.

London & Partners combines the former groups VisitLondon, Think London and Study London

VisitLondon becomes London & Partners after agency reshuffle

By Lorraine Heller

VisitLondon, the capital’s marketing organsation, has merged with other promotional agencies to create one flagship group – London & Partners – as part of the government’s efforts to cut costs and streamline activities.

US travellers come to London for the culture, attractions and food

London voted top destination for US travellers

By Lorraine Heller

London is the top European destination for US travellers this year, although the Royal Wedding is not one of the attractions drawing the extra tourists, according to a survey by TripAdvisor.


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