International Airlines Group has criticised a year’s delay in introducing a ten year visa for Chinese visitors that would drive business and create jobs. The plan was announced in October 2015 during the Chinese state visit to the UK. Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “China is the world’s second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage these trade links.
The British government has announced a further expansion to the Registered Traveller Service. Membership is now open to travellers from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay. The scheme, which currently has 40,000 members, is already open to Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the US.
Orestone Manor is an independent family run classic country house hotel. The magnificent Georgian manor house is set in the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe, with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay and beyond. Here Anton Strack calls in for Breaking Travel News.
The national carrier Garuda Indonesia and the British Embassy in Jakarta have launched a new, joint campaign to promote tourism and education in both Indonesia and the UK. The campaign is aimed to encourage Indonesians to visit the UK to experience the world’s best football and shopping or to study at the UK’s world class universities, and to fly there in style and comfort on Garuda Indonesia’s route to Heathrow, as well as to promote tourist visits to Indonesia.
Figures released today show that July was the highest month ever for inbound tourism to the UK with 3.8 million visits, up two per cent on July last year. Overseas visitors to the UK spent £2.5 billion in July, four per cent up on the same month last year. The Office for National Statistics figures show that it was a record July for inbound visits from EU countries, the UK’s largest visit-generating region, with 2.3 million visits, three per cent up on last year.
Andrew Brownsword Hotels has announced the appointment of Paul Shanahan to the role of general manager of Gidleigh Park. He is due to take up his new position on November 23rd. Shanahan joins Gidleigh Park from his previous role at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, where he was operations manager for nearly five years.
Ordnance Survey’s road map series OS Road returns this month after a seven-year hiatus. The eight map sheets covering the whole of Great Britain are back and with a new twist that is aimed at helping tourists see even more of Britain. For the first time the road maps, which also have a new look and design to their predecessors, will show designated beaches and National Parks visitor centres.
The AA has launched a new star rating scheme for serviced accommodation, one of the fastest growing sectors in UK hospitality. The AA has been inspecting and rating hotels and restaurants for over a century and in that time has seen many changes in the hospitality industry as the needs of guests change.
The largest restaurant within the Royal China Group, Royal China Baker Street offers a traditional Hong Kong Chinese menu, with delicious favourites such as aromatic crispy duck served with pancakes, spring onion and cucumber. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in for lunch to see what is on offer.
After a six month closure and a multi-million pound investment, the Mary Rose has opened to the public once again, 471 years on from its sinking in 1545. The Mary Rose Trust at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has unveiled never before seen views of Henry VIII’s favourite warship after having undergone 34 years of extensive treatment and conservation.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a major campaign to show that London is united and open for business and to the world following the EU referendum. #LondonIsOpen will show the world that London remains entrepreneurial, international, and full of creativity and possibility, while reassuring the more than one million foreign nationals who live in London that they will always be welcome, and that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated.
The Young Chekov trilogy opened to overwhelming acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre last year. The company now come to the National, offering a unique chance to explore the birth of a revolutionary dramatic voice. The production is directed by Jonathan Kent, with set designs by Tom Pye, costumes by Emma Ryott, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, sound by Paul Groothuis and fight direction by Paul Benzing.