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.

Overseas visits to Scotland have risen by 12 per cent

Visits to Scotland increase by more than 10%

By Liam Garrahan

International visits to Scotland have increased by 12 per cent in the last year while visits to Wales, England and London have also increased, according to tourism body VisitBritain.

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Chinese visa overhaul could boost visitor numbers by 265k

By Liam Garrahan

An overhaul of the Chinese visa system could boost the boost the number of Chinese tourists to the UK by 265k each year and earn the British economy £337m, according to The UK China Visa Alliance (UKCVA).

Parliament's support of the campaign to reduce hospitality and tourism VAT is growing with the Liberal Democrats becoming the first political party to back it

Political support builds for Cut Tourism VAT campaign

By Emma Eversham

Political support for Cut Tourism VAT's campaign to reduce VAT on domestic tourism from 20 per cent to 5 per cent is growing with The Liberal Democrats becoming the first main party to back it. 

Image credit: Thinkstock/Martin Poole

Hotel prices soar for Rugby World Cup

By Liam Garrahan

Hotel prices across England and Wales have been blown sky high in the Rugby World Cup’s host cities with Cardiff prices hitting an average of £1018 per night, according to hotel booking website Trivago.

VAT Club's Jacques Borel:

VAT campaign

VAT Club proposes staggered tax reduction

By Mark Wingett, M&C Allegra Foodservice

The hospitality VAT cut campaign has put forward a plan to the Government for a staggered reduction in the level of the tax for hospitality businesses.


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