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British prime minister reveals UK-wide tourism plan

British prime minister reveals UK-wide tourism plan

British prime minister David Cameron has announced the government’s new five point plan to boost tourism right across the UK - spreading the benefits of one of our fastest growing sectors beyond the capital, helping to create jobs and rebalance the economy. A new inter-ministerial group will be formed to co-ordinate and align action across government to ensure that we have the right infrastructure in place to make it easy for visitors to discover the best of what this country has to offer.

Breaking Travel News investigates: Travelling in style with Eastpak

Breaking Travel News investigates: Travelling in style with Eastpak

12 May 2015 Tourism News

From well-organised, compact carry-ons with integrated laptop sleeves to dual-compartment trolleys and roomy holdalls, Eastpak’s travel bags are built tough, water repellent and lightweight and come with an assortment of handy design features to match your personality, your destination, and of course, your stuff.

Air Passenger Duty reformed for long-haul flights in UK

Air Passenger Duty reformed for long-haul flights in UK

1 April 2015 Airline News

Air Passenger Duty has been partially reformed in the UK as the new tax year begins. From April 1st, the two more expensive bands of APD are being abolished. Band ‘C’ affects people travelling over 4,000 miles, and band ‘D’ affects journeys over 6,000 miles.

Luchford to represent Beverly Hills in UK

Luchford to represent Beverly Hills in UK

Following a three way pitch, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau has appointed luxury lifestyle agency Luchford APM as its UK in-market representative to act on behalf of Beverly Hills with immediate effect. The agency won the 12 month consumer and travel trade contract based on its creative ability to develop Beverly Hills from being a luxury travel brand to a luxury lifestyle consumer product, playing on its brand pillars of gourmet dining, five-star accommodations and high-end shopping.

Stapleton takes over at Royal Crescent Hotel

Stapleton takes over at Royal Crescent Hotel

22 October 2014 Hotel News Spa News

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa has announced the appointment of Jonathan Stapleton as its new general manager. Under the ownership of Topland Group, the heritage hotel has recently undergone a significant renovation and meticulous restoration process, reopening its doors as a ‘British icon reborn’. Topland Group, a privately owned international investment company with a substantial hotel portfolio, has invested heavily in The Royal Crescent Hotel to consolidate its positioning as one of the world’s leading five star hotels. 

UK passport applicants should be given refund, say MPs

UK passport applicants should be given refund, say MPs

16 September 2014 Tourism News

Applicants for British passports who paid additional fees in an attempt to avoid processing delays should get a refund, MPs have argued. ‘Fast-track’ appointments, often promising passports would be returned in 24 hours, “exploited” travellers, according to the Home Affairs Committee.

ITC Luxury Travel management completes buyout

ITC Luxury Travel management completes buyout

Jennifer Atkinson, chief executive of tour operator ITC Luxury Travel has announced she has completed a management buyout of ITC, backed by Paul Pindar, with banking provided by Santander. Pindar, the former chief executive of Capita, has been appointed chairman of the new parent company of ITC, The Luxury Travel Group.

The Woburn Hotel undergoes refurbishment

The Woburn Hotel undergoes refurbishment

31 July 2014 Hotel News

The Inn at Woburn has recently been renamed The Woburn Hotel, in keeping with other entities across The Woburn Estate, namely Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn Safari Park and Woburn Golf Club. The hotel boasts 55 refurbished rooms, including cottages and suites, all with free Wi-Fi and ample space for working or relaxing, providing the perfect base for business travellers.