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VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham receives CBE from Prince of Wales

VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham receives CBE from Prince of Wales

VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham has been awarded a CBE for services to tourism and received the honour from HRH the Prince of Wales. She joined VisitEngland in 2009 when the tourist board was created and has been instrumental in driving forward the objectives of England’s Strategic Framework for Tourism to maximise tourism’s contribution to the economy, employment and quality of life in England.

VisitEngland to share star ratings on TripAdvisor

VisitEngland to share star ratings on TripAdvisor

In a new partnership with TripAdvisor, VisitEngland’s official star ratings will now be displayed on the TripAdvisor property pages of participating accommodation providers in England. VisitEngland now joins organisations such as the AA as providers of official star ratings for TripAdvisor. This partnership forms part of a raft of projects by VisitEngland aimed at supporting tourism businesses to engage with digital platforms.

VisitEngland reveals summer optimism in tourism market

VisitEngland reveals summer optimism in tourism market

Results of the Great British Tourism Survey released by VisitEngland today reveal 3.8 million domestic holiday trips were taken in England in April 2014, a ten per cent increase on the same period last year, with tourism spend up five per cent for the month. The early months of 2014 were characterised by extremely wet weather which had a negative impact on figures.

Millions of Brits enjoy Christmas getaway

Millions of Brits enjoy Christmas getaway

VisitEngland’s latest Trip Tracker survey reveals that planned overnight trips this Christmas and New year are likely to generate some £1.9 billion spend for the UK economy, around £1.6 billion of which will be spent in England. A total of 10.1 million Brits plan to make the most of the festive season by taking an overnight trip in the UK, with 8.6 million people planning to take that trip in England.

VisitEngland turns to domestic tourism

VisitEngland turns to domestic tourism

A new report by the national tourist board, VisitEngland entitled Domestic Leisure Tourism Trends for the Next Decade, outlining key trends due to significantly affect the future growth of domestic tourism was launched today at VisitEngland’s Visitor Economy Conference in London. Covering a wide range of demographic, economic, technological and consumer trends, the report, highlights key opportunities that could change the face of tourism in England over the next decade.

New report highlights importance of tourism to UK

New report highlights importance of tourism to UK

England’s central role in driving the future growth of tourism in the UK has been outlined in a new report released today from Deloitte ‘Tourism: jobs and growth’. Worth £106 billion and supporting 2.6 million jobs, English tourism is the driving nation behind an industry that has grown faster than manufacturing, construction and retail.

Small cut in tourism funding in UK

Small cut in tourism funding in UK

The department for media, culture and sport has confirmed VisitBritain’s funding for 2015/16 will fall to just under £20 million – a reduction of five per cent on the 2014/15 budget. However, the small cut has been welcomed by Christopher Rodrigues, chairman, VisitBritain, in the context of swingeing cuts seen elsewhere in government.

VisitEngland launches new accessibility guide

VisitEngland launches new accessibility guide

National tourist board VisitEngland has launched Speak Up!, a free online guide designed to help tourism businesses market their accessibility to disabled travellers. Packed full of information, advice and examples of best practice, the guide covers a wide range of marketing tools from social media to promotional brochures, all aimed at helping business owners attract more of these valuable visitors, worth over £2 billion.

VisitEngland outlines tourism plans for 2015 Rugby World Cup

VisitEngland outlines tourism plans for 2015 Rugby World Cup

As Tournament Organisers, England Rugby 2015 have announced the 12 venues across England which will host matches during Rugby World Cup 2015, national tourist board VisitEngland reiterated its commitment to maximise the benefit from this prestigious sports event for tourism. VisitEngland will work closely with the host destination management organisations, venues, and local authorities to support them in delivering the best possible experience for all visitors.