De Vere Wokefield Estate, near Reading, is combining modern facilities with the heritage of the Mansion House through a multi-million-pound refurbishment project.
A study by STR and Tourism Economics indicates that the United Kingdom’s tourism and hospitality sectors have benefited from an increase in arrivals from North America, brought on by the devaluation of the British pound following the June EU Referendum.
Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is set for a brand-new look in 2017 with a major refurbishment and new build. English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues are set to establish a world-class resort in the Lake District, the idyllic lakeside destination closes its doors this week as work begins on the £16 million transformation, which will be unveiled from April when the hotel reopens its doors.
Despite predictions of a post Brexit surge, the number of leisure tourists coming to the UK has declined for the second consecutive month, according to the British Hospitality Association Travel Monitor. At the same time, outbound holiday travel is growing strongly.
John Barnes, currently director of conservation and learning at Historic Royal Palaces has been appointed to the role of chief executive with the organisation. He will take up the new position from July 1st, 2017. Barnes will succeed Michael Day who retires after 14 years at the helm.
Dorsett Hospitality International has promoted Rebecca Kwan to the role of senior vice president, sales – Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Apart from playing a key strategic business partner role in driving sales performance for Hong Kong, increasing corporate sales and business support to other regions, Kwan in her additional role, will also be supporting UK sales and hotel revenue related matters.
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.