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.

Minister for Tourism John Penrose is behind the paper

Tourism Strategy: the low-down from John Penrose

By Becky Paskin

The government is on the verge of announcing a new tourism strategy that aims to increase the number of international and domestic tourists for the benefit of the hospitality and leisure industries.

Ufi Ibrahim believes VisitBritain handled its funding cutback effectively

BHA supports VisitBritain marketing cutbacks

By Becky Paskin

The British Hospitality Association has backed VisitBritain’s decision to withdraw its marketing campaign from 14 countries, claiming the tourism agency was in danger of spreading itself “too thin”.

John Penrose:

Be wary of Olympics ‘displacement effect’, warns Minister

By Lorraine Heller

The Minister of Tourism John Penrose has warned the hospitality sector to be wary of a ‘displacement effect’ that could be caused by the Olympics, saying it is crucial to treat the event as the hors d’oeuvre rather than the main course if the UK is to...

Ufi Ibrahim: UK tourism is at a competitive disadvantage

Risks to UK tourism threaten Olympics legacy, warns BHA

By Lorraine Heller

The UK tourism and hospitality sectors stand to lose out on the full benefits of the Olympic Games if the country does not address a number of major obstacles it faces, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association told industry leaders yesterday.

Visitors to Britain will likely spend an extra £0.34bn than last year

British tourism set to rise in 2011

By Becky Paskin

Britain is on target to attract 300,000 more visitors next year as confidence amongst overseas travellers returns.

John Penrose, Minister for Tourism, is now behind Britain's Bocuse d'Or bid

John Penrose: Bigging up the Bocuse d’Or

By John Penrose, Minister for Tourism

John Penrose, Minister for Tourism, believes cooking is Britain's secret "tourism weapon", and urges the whole country to back Simon Hulstone and his bid for the 2011 Bocuse d'Or trophy...


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