The record has been broken for the highest temperature recorded in October in the UK.
The European Tour Operators Association and UKinbound have joined forces with VisitBritain to deliver a unique business-to-business event in 2012. The VisitBritain Hosted Buyers Marketplace is an exclusive opportunity for British tourism suppliers and destinations to meet and do business with 150 specially selected international buyers from some 20 countries being brought over and hosted by VisitBritain for the occasion.
VisitBritain has reported an encouraging 11 per cent rise in holiday visits in the last three months of 2011, confirming Britain’s growing popularity at a key time for inbound tourism. In the three months to May 2011 overseas residents made 7.8 million visits to the UK and spent just under £4 billion. The number of visits has risen by ten per cent year-on-year, while the spending has risen by seven per cent.
The EU is accused of leaving US visitors to Britain at the mercy of profit hungry mobile phone operators, which hit them with hefty five-figure mobile phone bills. According to industry specialists Tep, mobile phone operators charge US travellers to the UK up to £11.70 per MB in roaming charges, making them a tidy 1800 per cent profit on data.
The UK government’s Tourism & Heritage Minister, John Penrose, visited At-Bristol, the popular science attraction on Bristol’s Harbourside to demonstrate his support for the UK’s tourism industry. The visit marked the first day of British Tourism Week 2011 which ends on 20 March 2011.
Following the announcement of the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton, VisitBritain, the national tourism board for England, Scotland and Wales, has pulled together this list of the most romantic spots for them (and you) to enjoy in the UK.
The UK could suffer from a slump in overseas visitor numbers as a result of the 2012 Olympics, according to VisitBritain. An estimated 320,000 foreign spectators are expected to attend, but a greater number of holidaymakers could avoid visiting the UK during the games due to the expectation of high prices and crowds in the capital.
Consumer caution led to the number Britons taking overseas holidays falling 8 percent in the first seven months of the year compared with the same period in 2009. Meanwhile the weakness of sterling failed to convert to an inbound tourism influx, with the number of international arrivals to the UK marginally lower than last year, according to new figures from the ONS.
The UK’s major museums and art galleries generated £1 billion in revenue from overseas visitors in 2009, according to a new report from VisitBritain.