Posts Tagged ‘ Visit Britain ’

Does DCMS do anything for tourism?

Aug 23rd, 2020 | By

The time has come to create a tourism and travel department which incudes the travel advisory service and passport departments from the FCO and the Home Office.

What has the British Tourist Authority ever done for us?

Aug 10th, 2019 | By

Today, the UK is the seventh most popular tourist destination, the fourth in Europe and is the fifth largest sector in the UK in terms of GDP.

Why isn’t the UK attracting more tourists?

Jan 27th, 2019 | By
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Sooner or later the British government and politicians from whatever party have to understand that their parliamentary shenanigans are affecting an important industry.

Where does the money go?

May 1st, 2018 | By

I am beginning to wonder just what information the Department for Culture etc, (which as readers will know is where the tourism minister hangs his hat) Visit England and Visit Britain do hold.

Harry, Meghan and British tourism

Nov 29th, 2017 | By

Hardly had the announcement been that Prince Harry was going to marry Meghan Markle than the tourism industry went into overdrive.

Saturday snippets: 20th February 2016

Feb 20th, 2016 | By

Running a hotel, where most tourism jobs are in the UK and moving elephants around Malawi occupy some of Adrian’s thoughts this week.


Feb 4th, 2016 | By

Parts of Cumbria, Lacashire, Yorkshire and Scotland were flooded before and after Christmas. Most parts weren’t. Will we holiday tere this half-term and Easter?

How Visit Britain and Visit England will work together

Jan 31st, 2016 | By

“We look forward to working with you to ensure we deliver the best outcomes for both England and Britain.” But is that the best for Visit Scotland Visit Wales and Northern Ireland?

Saturday snippets: 9th January 2016

Jan 9th, 2016 | By
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Adrian takes a first look at some of the smaller travel stories of 2016.

Saturday snippets: Boxing Day 2015

Dec 26th, 2015 | By

Sparkling wine and new years’ celebrations attract Adrian’s attention in his last column of the year.

Saturday snippets: 12th December 2015

Dec 12th, 2015 | By
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Where are we going for Christmas? Which destinations are have attracted us and will continue to do so in 2016?

Saturday snippets: 5th December 2015

Dec 5th, 2015 | By
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How useful are review sites? Adrian looks at some different results and then visits the “Dress of the Year” award!

360 degree Britain

Jul 15th, 2015 | By

Visit Britain has created a series of immersive 360 degree panoramic views of some of most well-known tourist draws.

Saturday snippets: 13th June 2015

Jun 13th, 2015 | By

Adrian shakes the dust off his bicycle at the start of National Bike Week but the biggest celebrations will be for Magna Carta.

Countryside is “Great.”

Feb 6th, 2015 | By

In the first year of the campaign, attention will be paid to Scottish Highlands, Peak District, Cotswolds, Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, North Wales, Warwickshire, Lake District and Yorkshire.

Saturday snippets: 3rd January 2015

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By

Adrian is pleased to announce that Just about Travel has given its readers £180 million in 2014. Here is his introduction to Ryanomics!

Do you visit Wales?

May 15th, 2014 | By

Conflicting news has been issued recently about the attractiveness of Wales as a holiday destination. Have you considered day trips, short breaks or holidays in Wales?

Saturday snippets – 15th February 2014

Feb 15th, 2014 | By

Nottingham is riddled with caves, at least 450 of them. But these are man-made and many are under pubs so that is where many entrances are. I’ll leave you to ponder why they might be there. Now a research team in Nottingham has developed a new mobile phone application to allow people to explore the city’s caves from above ground. The free app will be available by the end of February. The application would have a map function to allow people to locate the caves
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Saturday snippets: 14 December 2013

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

Adrian looks forward to standing on the wing of a seaplane in Croatia, meeting Swedes in his local Welsh pub and pondering who to propose for a Scottish commemorative plaque. Amongst other things!

Scotland’s heritage is the attraction

Sep 11th, 2013 | By

Visit Britain have published a study that looks at what overseas visitors do when they come to our countries. But do these match why we, as residents, want to go there?

The importance of being a visitor

May 1st, 2013 | By

In the last two years, a third of all new jobs created in our countries have been in tourism. 2.6 million of us work in tourism. Which is one reason why when Visit Britain launches its strategy document for attracting more visitors, it pays for us to listen.

Eating Mexican pasties

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By

300,000 Brits travel to Mexico ever year, mostly during our Summer school holidays. And when we do go, it tends to be the Cancun and Yucatan areas that attract us. Just 78,000 Mexicans come to Britain.

Britain: not just the Jubilee and the Olympics

Mar 7th, 2012 | By

At the New York Times Travel Show last weekend, Visit Britain, in the shape of Karen Clarkson, was asked what people should see in Britain this year. Apart from the Olympics and the Jubilee of course which, as she pointed out, last only a short period of time.

Real Londoners don’t eat at Aberdeen Steakhouses

Mar 5th, 2012 | By

I was going to write a good old moan. This time, my moan was about the way that Visit Britain was not promoting our countries. I was in New York for the New York Times Travel Show because it is always interesting to see how others view your countries. They see things that sometimes we overlook.

Visiting our religious past

Dec 25th, 2011 | By

Bethlehem may be a huge religious tourism destination this weekend but during 2010 the number of people visiting destinations at home has grown because of the sheer number of churches, cathedrals, abbeys and sites we have.

Where visitors to the UK go

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

Which are the most popular places to go in the UK for overseas visitors? Counting how many of us visit our own cities isn’t easy but for those coming from abroad, the International Passenger Survey provides some answers and now, Visit Britain has played looked at the data and come up with some answers.

Football Visitors

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

I’ve never really considered the impact of football tourism. Up until yesterday when I would thought they were just people visiting the grounds of their rivals that week, buying the odd pie and pint and not much more than that. But some research from Visit Britain has made me think again

Are We Making More Trips Or Not?

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

It is becoming a little difficult to work out whether we are travelling more or not. And if we are, what it means. You might have heard yesterday that the royal wedding caused a dip in our economic growth in the second quarter of the year. As did the tsunami, the Indian summer, the sale of Olympic tickets and probably the fact that I wore blue socks on the day. I would have thought the royal wedding was good for the economy because it encouraged visitors to come into the country and us to travel about over that four day holiday. But what do I know?