Month: January 2014

Future of the Staycation report:

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New qualitative research into the future of the Staycation has been published by VisitEngland (findings have wider UK utility?).  The summary and full reports are available at:

https://britishdestinations.net/research-and-statistics/the-future-of-the-staycation-2014/

Two European Commission Tourism Consultations

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The European Commission’s Tourism Unit has issued two consultations on the future of EU tourism policy that you and/or local tourism businesses may wish to respond to (closing 15 March).  More detail and direct links can be found at:

https://britishdestinations.net/consultation-responses/open-consultations/european-commission-future-of-tourism-closing-15-march-2014/

New question on the use of Apps posted:

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Dave Mason Worthing and Adur seeks some background on who’s doing what with Apps in other destinations .

Recently posted questions on cycle hire schemes and sponsorship of infrastructure are also still very much live.

Click the highlighted links above or hover over the “Find answers here:” tab in the main menu to access the individual questions.

Your assistance is appreciated and any help given will be reciprocated, if and when you need to find answers yourself.

Any lesson learnt from these questions will also be made available to the membership in due course.

More updates on national tourism statistics

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VisitEngland have released the latest GB Tourism Statistics for September and the year to September for both GB and England with summary comments.  We’ve added comment from the Tourism Alliance on the figures which we feel is extremely pertinent to many of the more popular destinations, industry segments and business types.  See paragraph 2 onward at:

https://britishdestinations.net/members-area/latest-news-and-statistics-from-the-national-tourist-boards/ve-staycation-2013-debrief/

Whilst on the subject of national tourist board statistics the recently updated Visit Britain (VB) statistics page has been tweaked again to include December edition of Foresights that was overlooked in the pre-Christmas rush.  The trend forecasts have also been update so you can see the summaries and access the last three editions one place:

https://britishdestinations.net/members-area/latest-news-and-statistics-from-the-national-tourist-boards/visitbritain-november-2013-latest-edition-of-forsights-and-vb-trend-updates/

January Edition of VisitBritain’s Foresights now posted:

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The January 2014 edition of Foresight presents a detailed look at the results from the 2013 Anholt GfK Nations Brand Index survey.  This includes an examination of how Britain is rated across a wide range of attributes by citizens from a number of countries around the world, how these views shifted between 2012 and 2013, the adjectives that people think would describe a visit to Britain and the cultural products/services most associated with Britain.

Members can access the report  here , or from the drop down menu in the member’s area of  https://britishdestinations.net/

DCMS English Heritage Consultation

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If you have missed it the DCMS consultation documents “English Heritage New Model” which was published in December and closing for comment on 7 February 2014 can be accessed at:

http://britishdestinations.net/599-2/dcms-english-heritage-new-model-consultation

New style Destination Intelligence website launched

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The old British Destinations, former Destination Performance UK (DPUK), website has been rebuilt and is now available in a simple to use format that mirrors that of the new British Destinations corporate website.

The new site http://destinationintelligence.wordpress.com/ contains a number of open access pages, however, the bulk of the current and historical, member derived tourism intelligence is password protected.  The site itself contains simple instructions that allow any representative of a member organisation to access the password from our corporate site.  For ease the password can also be accessed directly from here: http://destinationintelligence.wordpress.com/login-protected-pages/

All member destinations are reminded that the 2013 Destination Intelligence survey is being conducted now.  If you are not already planning to participate then please do give it further consideration.  The simplified and easier to complete 2013/14 input forms are now available from the main menu of both the corporate and destination intelligence sites.  Other than a bit of staff time, this invaluable benchmark is offered to you as an entirely free membership benefit.  Help and advice on completing it is also available via the website.