Posts Tagged ‘ British Tourism Week ’

Air Passenger Duty

Mar 13th, 2011 | By

With the budget less than a fortnight away the travel trade is boosting its attack on how high APD is and how damaging it could be for jobs and the economy if it stays at its high level. They have been boosted in that one of the few countries in Western Europe to retain such a tax has got rid of it. Ireland has removed it because it was seeing reduced tourism coming into Ireland and fewer air passengers both of which meant the tax was not raising net money but costing the economy instead. Will George Osborne, the Chancellor, take heed?



British Tourism Week Begins

Mar 12th, 2011 | By

Today is the start of British Tourism Week. There are hundreds of events over the coming week, most starting on Monday but today is the big launch day with the follow up top last year’s very successful lighted beacons which stretched the length of Hadrian’s Wall. This year it is the party on the pier and it all begins in Weston-super-Mare.



Saving Hastings Pier

Feb 24th, 2011 | By

You will remember that Hastings Pier was devastated by a fire a last October. Piers are regarded with some nostalgia as things from Victorian times and our childhood. They don’t quite have the same number of followers as steam trains, but followers there are. So from the ashes, so to speak, an appeal is about to be launched to raise money to renovate the pier and bring it back into use. The sum required is relatively quite small at £800,000 and with the backers it has attracted, this should be attainable.



Have a Party on a Pier

Oct 21st, 2010 | By

Why is the most obvious question?
Because those behind the British Tourism Week were trying to come up with something to top this year’s launch event. You might remember that we had illuminated beacons stretching all along Hadrian’s Wall last March. This made TV and newspapers across the world.
What to beat it in 2011?
They have come up with a party on a pier. What could be more quintessentially and eccentrically British than the seaside pier. And who could be more… But enough of that. Giles Brandreth, one of the patrons of the National Piers Society, opened the launch



British Tourism Week Begins

Mar 15th, 2010 | By

Tourism Week most TV channels that I saw ran the story about the beacons being lit all along Hadrian’s Wall. This virtually signalled (literally as well) the beginning of the week although the official opening is at the Celtic Manor Hotel-site of this years Ryder Cup-today.
There is a lot available to enjoy this coming week, some free, some with a charge. Perhaps the offer by the Despite what I wrote two days about how the British Airways story might damage the start of British National Trust for free entry next weekend is the most appealing as they have properties throughout England and Wales. (For reasons, I don’t understand, Scotland had their British Tourism Week last week although a few events are still to take place.
Throughout the week, we will be highlighting some of the events taking place around the countries.
Let’s start off with one of the great UK holiday destinations,- Blackpool.



Carlisle: The Garden & a Torchlight Procession

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By

I can’t remember having much sent to me about Carlisle in the last few months and then, all of a sudden, two bits of news come along at once to let you know about.
Firstly, the railway station. Now as stations go, Carlisle is an overwhelming gothic edifice over 260 years old and fully deserving of its full name. Carlisle Citadel. Once you have stared at the outside, the inside is a bit like any other large Victorian station. Not any more. The station is managed by Virgin Rail and they have given it a bit of a makeover. Not on their own. They have linked in with Homebase so that the platforms now have garden furniture for passengers to sit on. The waiting room is now a lounge and a kitchen has been installed. There is even a garden along one platform. Will decking and a water feature follow?



It’s British Tourism Week

Mar 23rd, 2009 | By

British Tourism Week starts today.You might wonder why such a week exists at all. After all we don’t have a British Banking Week or a British Car Week so why should one industry be singled out. One reason is that tourism is not seen as an industry. It’s just, well, there! Yet it is very important,- as it is to most countries, as a source of employment and revenue. The value of tourism to the United Kingdom is £86 billion and it has over 2
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