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VisitBritain targets more US visitors to Birmingham and Midlands

A marketing initiative spearheaded by VisitBritain hopes to attract more US and overseas tourists to Birmingham and the surrounding region.
 

Tourism Alliance says change to Package Travel Directive would generate £2.2bn

The Tourism Alliance has called on the government to introduce a policy it says could generate up to £2.2bn in expenditure, create 40,000 new jobs and reduce the cost of domestic holidays for UK consumers.
 

VisitBritain turns to Paddington in latest promotional campaign

VisitBritain is turning to a bear from Peru to boost tourism, with a new film campaign inspired by the upcoming release of Paddington 2.
 

Cornwall’s Tate St Ives re-opens as £20m renewal project comes to fruition

Tate St Ives, the art gallery credited with helping to regenerate the southwest, will unveil its new look tomorrow (14 October) when it re-opens following a £20m redevelopment.
 

UK sees record tourist numbers as exchange rate falls

Overseas visits to the UK hit a record 23 million in the first seven months of the year, according to new figures from VisitBritain.
 

Brexit threatens to reduce museum collections says head of Victoria and Albert

Britain’s exit from the EU poses a major threat to the future of museum collections, according to the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
 

Tourism industry launches strategy to boost growth post-Brexit

The Tourism Sector Deal – a strategic plan developed by a consortium of leading tourism organisations – has been launched to help grow tourism in the UK post-Brexit.
 

Cutting Northern Ireland tourism rates would level playing field with Republic, says report

A proposed 15 per cent tax cut to tourism in Northern Ireland would make the country more competitive with the Republic of Ireland and create 2,000 jobs, according to a study.
 

John Glen to chair new look Tourism Industry Council

Tourism minister John Glen is set to co-chair his first meeting with the Tourism Industry Council on 27 September, with the new-look body set to discuss specific policy issues with a broader array of tourism businesses and representatives.
 

Heritage tourism worth £16.4bn to England’s economy – report

England’s heritage tourism has generated up to £16.4bn (US$22.2bn, €18.6bn) in visitor spending a year, directly employing 278,000 people and contributing £11.9bn (US$16.1bn, €13.5bn) gross added value to the economy.

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