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.

MPs to lobby for cut in tourism VAT

MPs to lobby for cut in tourism VAT

By Sophie Witts

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is increasing pressure on the government to cut the rate of tourism VAT by establishing a cross party parliamentary group of MP’s to build momentum for the bill.

Top 10 emerging UK destinations

Top 10 emerging UK destinations

By Liam Garrahan

In our latest image gallery we take a look at the ‘emerging’ UK cities, those which have seen the biggest increase in foreign visitors since 2012. 

Searches for hotels in UK coastal resorts such as Bournemouth rose by as much as 64 per cent during last week's heatwave said Trivago

Heatwave boosts interest in UK seaside hotels

By Emma Eversham

Last week's heatwave helped boost interest in hotels in the UK's most popular seaside resorts according to new data from hotel comparison site Trivago which saw searches increase by up to 64 per cent. 

The UK achieved its second consecutive annual record for tourism volume and spend in 2014

Another record year for UK tourism

By Carina Perkins

2014 was another record breaking year for UK tourism, with both spend and visits reaching their highest levels to date.

London overtook Zurich as the most expensive city in Europe for hotels, with an average room rate of £126

Hotel rates soar in UK & Ireland

By Carina Perkins

Hotel rates across major cities in UK and Ireland rose by 9 per cent last year, with London overtaking Zurich as Europe’s most expensive city.

New data suggests more international tourists are starting to travel across the UK than ever before

UK regions feel benefit of overseas visitor growth

By Carina Perkins

UK regions saw faster growth in overseas visits than London last year, although the capital enjoyed the biggest uplift in tourism spend, according to new analysis from VisitBritain.


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