World Travel Awards has arrived at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso in Athens, Greece, to complete final preparations ahead of the Europe Gala Ceremony 2014.
· Overall visits in the first five months of 2014 reach new record – up 7% on 2013 · Record holiday visits in May for fourth out of five months · 13% increase in visits from areas outside Europe and North America
World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, has announced strong interest in its UK & Ireland region, with confirmed attendance from new and returning exhibitors meaning the area is almost completely sold out already.
Patricia Yates, Director of Strategy and Communications at VisitBritainsaid: “Chinese tourists are already coming to Britain in record numbers and staying here longer than our European neighbours. Today’s welcome changes build on the already significant improvements introduced previously by the Home Office. “Recent streamlining of the visa processing has made a big difference, with Chinese […]
VisitBritain comments today on figures released by the Office for National Statistics, showing that inbound tourism has grown across all of Britain’s nations in 2013. Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain commented on the strong results: “We are delighted with these final results for the key post-Olympic year.
Heathrow is to step up its campaign for expansion by telling the Airports Commission that it is the only option that can connect every part of the UK to the world’s long-haul growth markets. Heathrow’s hub airport status allows it to connect to long-haul business destinations that are critical for economic growth and are not […]
ExploreGB debuts in 2015 and now aligns with ‘2020 Tourism Strategy’ Ambition to create biggest single destination focused event in tourism Attractively priced for small tourism businesses To reach over 250 international fully hosted travel buyers (500 by 2020)
The pouring of a cup of tea, a black cab beeping and the chimes of Big Ben are all being used in a new TV and interactive online advert to inspire the world to choose Britain for their next holiday.
Strong growth in visits and spend from GCC markets VisitBritain brings trade mission to Saudi Arabia As VisitBritain hosts its annual GCC travel trade mission in Saudi Arabia for the first time this week, figures show that during the first three quarters of 2013, total visits from GCC countries to the UK were up by […]
As Facebook celebrates its milestone anniversary on 4 February, VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, takes a look at the top ten landmark achievements of its Facebook page Love GREAT Britain - and the subsequent impact on inbound tourism.
New results suggest that Britain needs just £700 million of tourist spend in December 2013 to hit a yearly figure of £20bn – a sum never before reached in a calendar year.
SoS Maria Miller announces China Welcome campaign in Shanghai New partnership between Birmingham Airport and CAISSA Target to secure 650,000 Chinese visitors spending £1.1 billion by 2020 across Britain
DHL’s santa sleigh bearing Christmas goodies for deserving charities and orphanages from last year
Tourism economy set to grow 3.8% per annum – faster than manufacturing, construction and retail • Currently worth £127bn and growing to £257bn by 2025 – 10% of UK GDP • Supporting 3 million jobs throughout the UK in 2013 (9.6% of UK employment) • Accounted for one third of net increase in UK jobs […]
Chinese spending in the UK up by 132% China becomes UK’s top spending Asian market for the first time 21% growth in visits to the UK As latest data shows Chinese spending in the UK more than doubled in the first half of 2013, with China becoming the highest spending Asian market1, VisitBritain stages its […]
10% more international holiday visitors go to the theatre than live sport events Theatre tourists splash £2.7 billion when in Britain VisitBritain research has revealed that more overseas visitors go to the theatre, musicals, the opera or ballet (2.8 million) than to a live sporting event (1.3 million) when visiting in Britain.1 These 2.8 million visits include […]
3 year agreement to market Britain to cardholders of major Chinese Banks through CUP Partnership to develop UK merchant acceptance of CUP cards
VisitBritain’s latest trade mission is taking place in Brazil, the BRIC country leading on growth of visits to the UK in the last five years. Since 2007 there has been a 97% increase in visits to Britain from Brazil – markedly higher than China (25%), Russia (2%) and India (1%). So far in 2013, up […]
VisitBritain shares pre and post Games activity with Japanese tourism industry and Tokyo 2020
8.9 million visits a year involve Britain’s castles and historic houses – nearly 30% of all overseas visits
- Overseas visitor spending up by 23% compared to July 2012
Virgin Atlantic, VisitBritain and London & Partners announced today a new partnership between the three organisations to entice more Australians to visit Britain.
VisitBritain has today extended its five year partnership with the Barclays Premier League to 2016.
A year after Britain hosted some of the largest events in the world, inbound tourism continues to prove it is one of the UK’s key export growth markets,
Responding to the outcome of the 2013 Spending Review, Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain said:
VisitBritain kicked-off its flagship international travel trade event, Destination Britain 2013, in Bangkok. Celebrating its 10th year, the tourism gathering will open with a record 35% of new suppliers, showcasing their strongest UK travel and tourism offerings.
Tourism agency taps into burgeoning ‘friends and relatives’ market witnessing ten year record levels
The likes of Wimbledon, Westfield UK and Historic Royal Palaces are in India this week, encouraged by the emergence of the country as a major player in terms of visits to friends and loved ones across Britain.
With this year’s London Fashion Week once again receiving international acclaim, research released today by VisitBritain shows that Britain is also one of the world’s most sought-after destinations when it comes to international shoppers.
VisitBritain has filled one of its most strategically important positions with the announcement that Joss Croft has been appointed as Director of Marketing. Croft is a significant appointment for the organisation as it looks to build on the global profile attained during 2012, with the London 2012 Games and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee thrusting Britain […]
VisitBritain is leading a tourism delegation to Japan, the home of 1.7 million High Net Worth Individuals second only to US, to build on the profile Britain received in 2012. The national tourism agency will introduce key travel trade buyers form the world’s third largest economy to 18 British tourism businesses in Tokyo on 21st and […]
The Shard, Arsenal Football Club, Harrods, John Lewis and Selfridges join VisitBritain’s latest mission
Demonstrating the importance of the China market, a highly influential tourism delegation from the UK will visit Shanghai this week to create more business as a result of the renewed interest in Britain post London 2012 and Diamond Jubilee. As part of the trade mission and to create a tourism legacy which generates immediate income […]