Posts Tagged ‘ John Penrose ’

Of politicians and brains mark 2

Sep 10th, 2012 | By

I go away for few days and return to find a new transport secretary and half a tourism minister. Was it something I said? Making sense of what the change means is difficult but then that could be because politicians are involved.

Let’s go to Mexico

Oct 27th, 2011 | By

You’ve heard of the G20? Well there is also a T20, a group of twenty tourism ministers and yesterday they met in Paris to discuss you and me. Or eighteen of them did including our minister, John Penrose.

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?

England’s Tourist Information Centres

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

Criticism from visitors recently has been about the availability and opening hours of tourist information centres commonly known as TIC’s. To some it seems that there are fewer around than there used to be. Local councils complain that they cost a lot to run as they require humans to run them.

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.

Scrapping Hotel Star Ratings

Feb 11th, 2011 | By

Hoteliers and just about everyone else in tourism thinks that the Department of Culture & Oddities will withdraw funding from the star scheme, the way that hotels have been independently judged for decades in England.. the rest of the UK is unaffected. The consensus seems to be that review and, to an extent comparison sites, have taken on that task. Why should the government continue to put money in it when private industry is doing the task goes the story.

£1.4 billion for Tourism

Jan 27th, 2011 | By

Two days ago I wrote about the strange position lots of tourist groups are in as the government makes its mind up about how it is going to stimulate, privatise or incentivise us to visit places. On Monday the tourism minister, John Penrose, said that local enterprise partnerships will be the main economic drivers and that they should work with local tourism bodies. Forget for the moment that this sounds suspiciously like what they are replacing but with different names and smaller geographic areas, it was what he said next that was important.

Gobbledegook and Tourism

Jan 25th, 2011 | By

The tourism minister, John Penrose, said last week that local tourist boards are being changed. What he actually said – and I need to quote this because I don’t understand much of it – is “we are engaged in a recalibration and reorganization of local tourist boards-destination management organizations, to use the jargon-which are being refocused to become more private sector-led.Perhaps this should be nominated for the “Can’t People Speak in English Awards”
Only tourism professionals talk this gobbledegook and I’m not sure how many of them understand it. What it boils down to is that the government is expecting the private sector to promote itself and the country. Is this a bad thing? Will this be of any benefit to us as visitors?

Staying at Home

Oct 11th, 2010 | By

There has been a flurry of information released that supposedly tells us what we did during the summer. Did we holiday at home or did we go abroad and does it matter to us as the people who went anyway. The only reason we are interested in this sort of news is because of that self-satisfying feel you get in knowing whether you have done something different or whether you have been where others have gone.

The Holidaymaker and the PM

Aug 15th, 2010 | By

No this isn’t a salacious tabloid story but David Cameron made a speech on tourism and, as holidaymakers, we are all involved. Or should be. As I wrote a couple of days ago, I can’t remember the last time any Prime Minister paid any more than lip service to it. Yes, there was praise and comment at the appropriate time but hard-core support was limited. Will this time be any different?
Everyone travels, holidays or has a day out so everyone is affected and should be interested. But did the PM ask what we want?

No New Runway and APD Changes

May 15th, 2010 | By

The new coalition government has already signified two differences from its predecessor that will affect travellers. Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats were opposed to another runway at Heathrow so it is no surprise that that has been confirmed. They have also announced that there will be no expansion at Gatwick or Stansted airports.
But already the new Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, can expect that he will be lobbied to change his mind. This seems unlikely given that both parties agreed this as part of the coalition agreement. What will go ahead is a push for high speed rail
Airport Passenger Duty is currently paid by each passenger regardless of the size of a plane or whether the plane is full or not.