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Northern Ireland turns staycation corner

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Last year was a record breaking one for tourism in Northern Ireland according to government figures, with the continuing staycation boom making up close to half of all trips. The tourism industry in Northern Ireland contributed an all time high £926m to the national economy in 2017 according to recently released statistics. The country welcomed some 4.85m overnight trips throughout the...

Brits spending £13bn on staycations every year

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British holidaymakers are spending almost £13bn a year on staycations according to a new study.   The research, conducted on behalf of short team loan provider Wonga, also revealed that 93 percent of the population go on at least one UK break every year. With the study finding that the average budget for staycations is £267.93, it adds up to £12.9bn being...

Staycation trend continues with record breaking year in the making

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The staycation concept is taking hold in the UK marketplace as domestic tourism shows sustained and continued growth. And this welcome boost for the amusements sector is given an added dimension as outlying Britain becomes more in demand.   London, it seems, has met its match with Lincoln becoming the hot place of the moment, signalling a boost for business away...

Centre Parcs boss hints at sixth UK site

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An expanding UK leisure market has led to the boss of Centre Parcs revealing plans for a possible sixth UK site.   Martin Dalby, CEO of the leisure giant,admitted he had made a U-turn in his mind after previously saying he did not expect to open another park in Britain following the launch of Bedfordshire’s Woburn Forest in June 2014. “When we...

Wales rejects unpopular ‘tourism tax’

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Hoteliers and operators in Wales have welcomed their government’s decision to reject a “tourism tax” in favour of a “vacant land tax”, but some don’t feel this decision is definitive enough. The Welsh government has rejected a controversial ‘tourism tax’ which many believed could have been detrimental to the country's tourist industry. Tourism brings in £5bn a year to the...

Eastbourne tourism setting records

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The latest report for the south coast resort of Eastbourne offered strong signs of optimism as an influx of overseas visitors has boosted the town’s tourism numbers to record highs.   More than 5.1m people visited Eastbourne in 2016 as overnight stays from international tourists increased by 15 percent, with the demographic on average spending 185 percent more than domestic revellers. The...

MPs’ group recommends tourism VAT cut for coastal communities revival

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  The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy has called for a cut in tourism VAT as a primary step towards boosting the staycation trend and lengthening the summer season.   An influential group of MPs has included a cut in tourism VAT in a list of 37 recommendations for the government to help Britain’s coastal communities. In its report, the...

UKinbound welcomes government APD freeze in budget  

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Following yesterday’s budget announcement, UKinbound has welcomed the chancellor’s decision to freeze air passenger duty (APD) on short and long-haul economy flights.   However, the group are now calling for the impending review on the impact of the duty and VAT on tourism in Northern Ireland to be expanded to the whole of the UK. UKinbound chief executive officer Deirdre Wells OBE...

New survey confirms UK is now British public’s favourite destination

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  Only London is more popular than traditional seaside resorts for a long break, according to a new study on the population’s tourism preferences.   A new survey has found that over half the British public now prefers a UK staycation in preference to a holiday overseas. Some 53 percent of the 2,000 people questioned by vehicle hire website Rentalcars.com said that exploring...

World’s best airport praises Brighton’s “goofball eccentricity”

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  Singapore Changi Airport has promoted Brighton for its “quirky, artisan and indie” nature in a new travel guide.   The airport’s Now Boarding guide also named Brighton’s Palace Pier in a list of the city's top attractions, along with the Royal Pavilion. The author dubbed the seaside destination as “a most un-English town” that is “a warmer, weirder and wilder alternative”...

UKinbound: Tourism industry confidence low despite growing visitor numbers

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  UKinbound has released results from its latest Business Barometer members survey, showing that bookings, visitor numbers and revenue yield are on-par or higher than 12 months ago.   Conversely, confidence in future bookings and revenue is the lowest it has been since September 2016. Deirdre Wells OBE, UKinbound CEO, said: “It’s encouraging to hear from members that July and August were positive...

Full steam ahead for Great Yarmouth’s ‘Edge’ complex

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After a decade of delays, things are finally moving forward for the jewel of the Norfolk coast’s vast new leisure facility, much to the delight of local operators. For the man behind the vision, Albert Jones, the latest development will see the ambitious plans step away from one edge and on to another - the £35m Edge project which...

Clacton tourism to get TV boost with new campaign

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A campaign to boost tourism for Clacton will hit national TV screens for the third year running after ITV agreed to screen a promotional video called Love Clacton.   In addition to TV, the effort will also be promoted over social media in a move which will cost tens of thousands to promote and is being backed Tendring Council, Clacton Pier...

Conflicting reports paint uncertain inbound picture

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The story of Britain’s inbound tourism industry is a confused one, with different bodies indicating conflicting trends for the leisure industry in 2017. The recently launched British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Industry Tourism Monitor, which last month reported a decline in people visiting the UK, once again seems to show a downward trend for the sector. It claims that the number...

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