Month: December 2013

New tabs and detail of tourism related Business Improvement Districts (BID) added:

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A new main menu tab “tourism and industry policy and strategies” has been added to the corporate website and the existing policies and strategies tab containing mainly political party and government level policies renamed “higher level policies and strategies.

The new tourism and industry tab contains more practical policies and operational information, for example, detailed of new tourism related Business Improvement Districts:

More to follow.


VisitEngland seeks case studies to support their seaside resort and other Industry Action Plans:

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VisitEngland is seeking additional case studies to support their ongoing industry action plans and have some resource available to help destinations produce the polished item:


Airports Commission: Interim Report (2013)

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Released today the” Davies Report”: the Airport Commissions interim report.

“The Airports Commission was set up in 2012 to take a fresh and independent look at the UK’s future airport capacity needs. It has been tasked with producing:

● An Interim Report (this document) by the end of 2013, setting out the nature, scale, and timing of steps needed to maintain the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation, alongside recommendations for making better use of the UK’s existing runway capacity over the next five years; and,
● A final report by summer 2015, setting out recommendations on how to meet any need for additional airport capacity in the longer-term”.

Although the full 228 page report plus annexes is well worth reading at some point, for the majority scanning the executive summary page 8 to 17 should suffice for now, whilst if pressed for time the key background, options considered and future intent can be gleaned from pages 8 to 9 and  16 to 17 – paragraphs  1 to 7  and 40 to 47 .

Coach Monthly Destination……….

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This month’s British Destinations member featured in Coach Monthly is Southport. This is an entirely free member benefit and yet another good reason either to join us, or if you are already in membership, to actively participate in the added value services offered:

More detail at:


More national research and statistics added:

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More national, strategic level research and statistical documents have been added to our resource library:

Please let us know of, provide links or copies of any current or historic research or statistical reports you think should be included.


Peter Hampson

CEO British Destinations

Domestic Leisure Trends For The Next Decade – Report Published

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A report on domestic trends for the next decade has been published by Visit England (VE). Although commissioned by VE it has relevance for the whole UK domestic market:

Executive Minutes and Board Agenda now added

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Members may now access both the Minutes of the November Executive meeting and the Agenda for the Board meeting on 11 December at:

If you are a representative of a member organisation and do not have access to your login detail please email or call me.


UK Visitor Guide App. The perfect gift for your destination?

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If your 2014 brochure designs are complete or nearing completion, then it’s the perfect time to consider putting your brochure content and more on to the UK Visitor Guide App.  British Destinations members also get a discount on the price of this already low cost, high quality, high impact destination marketing avenue.  We are very happy to recommend this to any destination wishing to get good national Facebook exposure at a very affordable price:

Update your free promotional website and Facebook pages now.

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Members can now update their your free page entry on .

This involves logging in making any minor amendments to the factual page detail (edit main text), change pictures if you want (change photos), checking and updating your brochure request email is correct and/or activated (edit account) and updating your events list for the coming 2014 season (edit events).  Whatever appears on this simple but popular public and media facing website will also automatically appear on our increasingly popular Facebook page  and it’s all absolutely free to members.

If you can’t remember the log in detail and can’t auto recover it because you have forgotten who’s email address the accounts registered to, then we can always help.  Email ( or call Cath (0151 934 2286) who works Monday to Wednesday lunchtime, or if it’s a crisis I can also help.

A small number of destination members never got round to populating the very simple page templates and are therefore no longer represented on the website or Facebook pages.  If you are one of these and would now like to take part let Cath know and she will create a page for you to populate. It is a very simple process and there are plenty of excellent examples of the nature and style of the content already on the site if you are unsure of what’s needed.



Peter Hampson

Chief Executive

British Destinations

Direct Line:             0151934 2285

Administration:    0151934 2286  or 2290

Fax:                           0151934 2287

Mobile:                    07714341379


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amend contact detail or to add a colleagues from within a member

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