Tag: Britain

Jobs in tourism up 12% in last five years, more than twice as much as other sectors

| February 3, 2016
Jobs in tourism up 12% in last five years, more than twice as much as other sectors

Latest figures out today show that jobs in tourism in the UK have grown more than twice as much as other sectors of the economy in the five years to 2014.

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Twice as many visitors find UK ‘extremely welcoming’ than five years ago

| December 9, 2015

The percentage of international visitors who said they felt extremely welcome in Britain has more than doubled in the last five years according to a new report by national tourism agency VisitBritain.

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International visits to Britain continue to break records

| November 20, 2015

International visits to Britain for the first nine months of 2015 have broken previous records according to new figures out today from the Office for National Statistics.

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VisitBritain to host largest ever tourism mission to China

| November 19, 2015

As VisitBritain gets set to host its largest ever tourism mission to China next week, new research shows that Chinese perceptions of Britain as a tourist destination are stronger than ever.

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VisitBritain report shows social media a powerful global influencer in holiday choices

| November 11, 2015
VisitBritain report shows social media a powerful global influencer in holiday choices

A report published today by VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, shows the powerful influence social media has in positioning Britain as a destination of choice for international visitors.

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Record number of visitors from China coming to Britain

| October 19, 2015

On the eve of the state visit of China’s President Xi Jinping latest figures show a record number of visitors from China are coming to Britain.  VisitBritain reports that the number of visits from China from April-June this year was up 35% (to 50,000) on the same period in 2014; and comparing the first six […]

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National tourism agency VisitBritain generates record-breaking visitor spend

| October 14, 2015

International visitors have spent an extra £2.5 billion in Britain during the last four years as a result of work by the national tourism agency VisitBritain, latest figures show.

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Likely boost to inbound tourism to Britain as China National Day and Golden Week holiday get underway

| September 30, 2015
Likely boost to inbound tourism to Britain as China National Day and Golden Week holiday get underway

More Chinese tourists are visiting Britain than ever before with numbers likely to get another boost during the coming week as China National Day and Golden Week holiday get underway tomorrow (Thursday 1 October).

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Britain: Record inbound tourism visits while spend flattens in first six months of 2015

| August 24, 2015
Britain: Record inbound tourism visits while spend flattens in first six months of 2015

· Highest recorded first six months of year for overseas’ visits · Strong growth from North America market and Business visits

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BBC Worldwide, VisitBritain, British Airways join forces to showcase modern Britain on BBC.com

| June 3, 2015
BBC Worldwide, VisitBritain, British Airways join forces to showcase modern Britain on BBC.com

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and VisitBritain, the UK’s national tourism agency, have today announced a new partnership to launch a dedicated content portal, known as BBC Britain, that tells a compelling story of modern Britain.

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VisitBritain Welcomes new DCMS Appointments

| May 13, 2015
VisitBritain Welcomes new DCMS Appointments

VisitBritain’s Chief Executive, Sally Balcombe, comments on the appointment of new Secretary of State and DCMS minister.

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Tourist spending breaks records across Britain’s regions

| January 22, 2015

-Majority of nations and regions saw record spending from overseas tourists in 2014 -Bigger visit growth to other regions than to London -Tourism legacy of the Grand Départ, NATO summit, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup starts to show -Strong uplift from European neighbours, Australia and the US

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Britain’s inbound tourism sector on course to beat 2014 forecasts

| January 15, 2015
Britain’s inbound tourism sector on course to beat 2014 forecasts

New figures released today (¹), for the first eleven months of last year, suggest that 2014 will be another record year for inbound tourism – beating VisitBritain’s original growth forecast. During January to November 2014 there were 32.4 million visits to the UK, 7% more visits recorded than at the same juncture in 2013. These […]

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Scotland to shine across Heathrow

| December 15, 2014

-Fourth and final round of popular VisitBritain advertising goes live at Heathrow -VisitScotland’s ‘Meet the Scots’ integrated with GREAT campaign across all terminals

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People of China to name British Landmarks

| December 5, 2014

· Britain’s largest ever tourism campaign in China · 101 nominated British places, people, things and attractions revealed · Nessie, The Shard, Haggis, Hampton Court Palace and Savile Row all make the list · Campaign will feature helpful visa information from partner UK Visas & Immigration

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Chinese aspirations to visit Britain stronger than ever

| November 25, 2014

– China ranks Britain second in the world for Tourism – Chinese spending in the UK up by 64% – VisitBritain holds biggest ever China tourism mission

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VisitBritain Partners With Peeta Planet to Launch ‘Dunes to Peaks’ Tourism Campaign

| November 18, 2014

DUBAI, UAE, November 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In a bid to encourage the GCC visitors to explore the GREAT British countryside, VisitBritain, today unveiled the second edition of the ‘Dunes to GREAT Britain‘ marketing campaign today in the UAE. In 2013, the first edition ‘Dunes to Dales’ focused on discovering Manchester and the Yorkshire Dales […]

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GREAT campaign ads to feature in new Paddington film

| November 13, 2014

·         VisitBritain partners with STUDIOCANAL for international family marketing campaign

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VisitBritain supplies free trade website for British tourism industry

| October 15, 2014

– Tourism suppliers can create content and manage their own listings on new global platform – VisitBritain calls for more suppliers to sign up and increase global profile

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VisitBritain & Japan National Tourism Organisation sign MoU in Tokyo

| September 28, 2014

At the British Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain, and Mr Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), signed a memorandum of understanding committing both countries to the mutual exchange of tourism experience and information.

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Leveraging Britain’s Heritage and Culture abroad

| September 9, 2014

– VisitBritain to shift perceptions of Britain’s culture and heritage across the world – New report launched today at Tate Britain will bring tourism industry together – Culture and heritage worth £7bn to UK economy in 2013 (one third of total inbound spend)

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ABTA announces new speaker and special guest appearance for The Travel Convention

| August 5, 2014

05 August 2014 – Special guest performer will be revealed today on Twitter

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ABTA: Most MPs to holiday abroad this summer

| August 5, 2014

ABTA’s Annual MP Holiday Survey reveals MPs’ foreign holiday plans

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Tourism Ireland partners with VisitBritain for ExploreGB 2015

| August 4, 2014

Tourism Ireland has signed up as a key partner for ExploreGB, VisitBritain’s new annual flagship international event, which will debut at Ascot Racecourse in February 2015.

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Revealed: what tourists buy in Britain

| July 25, 2014

-Kuwaiti visitors have highest propensity to buy clothes or shoes -1 in 3 French buy British food and drink to take home -Scotland more popular than Rest of England for souvenir purchases

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Holiday visits to Britain continue to break records (IPS)

| July 11, 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

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New location for UK & Ireland prompts near sell-out

| July 1, 2014
New location for UK & Ireland prompts near sell-out

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.

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VisitBritain comment on Home Office visa changes

| June 16, 2014
VisitBritain comment on Home Office visa changes

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 […]

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Significant Growth in Inbound Tourism Across Britain | #ttot

| May 8, 2014

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.

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Heathrow set to link the whole of the UK to growth

| May 5, 2014
Heathrow set to link the whole of the UK to growth

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 […]

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Flagship International Trade Event Announced by VisitBritain

| April 14, 2014

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)

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Tourism board uses ‘sounds’ to promote Britain across the world in £2.5m ad

| February 17, 2014
Tourism board uses ‘sounds’ to promote Britain across the world in £2.5m ad

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.

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Best inbound tourism year in History

| February 13, 2014

GREAT Britain campaign beginning to see results

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Gulf visitors travelling to Britain in record numbers

| February 9, 2014

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 […]

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VisitBritain’s 10 milestones on Facebook’s 10th birthday

| February 4, 2014
VisitBritain’s 10 milestones on Facebook’s 10th birthday

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.

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Britain on course for £20bn international spend for the first time

| January 20, 2014

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.

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Tourism uplift from all World Regions

| December 12, 2013

10% more visits and 23% more spent than October 2012 Holiday visits on track for a record year

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SoS Maria Miller announces China Welcome campaign in Shanghai

| December 3, 2013
SoS Maria Miller announces China Welcome campaign in Shanghai

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

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KL’s Business Elite Enjoy Some British Hospitality At The Mandarin Oriental, KL

| December 2, 2013
KL’s Business Elite Enjoy Some British Hospitality At The Mandarin Oriental, KL

DHL’s santa sleigh bearing Christmas goodies for deserving charities and orphanages from last year

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British Tourism – A powerhouse for job creation

| November 21, 2013

 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 […]

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