As the nation waits with bated breath for the now-overdue Royal Baby, it appears that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy has sparked the biggest baby boom in 40 years. New figures suggest that more than 700,000 babies will be born in England this year – the highest number since 1971, according to the Royal College of Midwives.
With dozens of new venues and attractions being specifically constructed and opened for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we take a look at what will happen to these after the storm on this colossal event has settled. From shopping malls to white water rafting facilities, the legacy that London 2012 leaves behind is sure to benefit millions of local Londoners and tourists alike.
As English Tourism Week begins, VisitEngland, the national tourist board announces findings from the first survey of its kind on the importance of day visits to the domestic tourism industry.
Launched in April 2009, VisitEngland is responsible for steering the nation’s tourism strategy. BTN met Chief Executive, James Berresford, to find out his strategies for raising market share.
The country’s national tourist board – VisitEngland – has laid out its first Strategic Tourism Framework, detailing action needed to maximize the tourism industry’s contribution to England’s economy, employment and quality of life. The body confirmed the plans would seek to raise an additional £50bn in visitor spending over the next decade, while also creating over 225,000 jobs.
New figures released today by VisitEngland from the United Kingdom Tourism Survey show that holiday trips taken by UK residents in England in the first six months of 2009 are up by 14%, while outbound travel saw a 17% drop.
Visit England is launching a social media wizard to help businesses in the tourism sector get the most from marketing from sites such as Twitter and YouTube.
1.2 million more holidays taken in England as Brits take breaks closer to home