Month: August 2014

New question on “Tourism Information Bicycles” posted in the member’s forum

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Do you know anything about, or what to know more on the use of Tourism Information Bicycles?

See the latest posting in the “Forum: ask questions get answers” section of


We are also still seeking recommendations on marketing service providers:

and belated answers to the other open questions on: the use of Apps, infrastructure sponsorship and bicycle hire  are still always welcome………


Copy for free Coach Monthly destination of the month feature still required

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In June I circulated a request for copy for the free British Destinations’ destination of the month feature in Coach Monthly.

Noting the less than subtle hints  about the opportunities to feature different destinations within a larger area destination, “Thanet” produced copy for both Broadstairs and Ramesgate; Margate having featured in very recent memory. St Alban also produced copy.  These three destinations will now appear in September, October and November’s editions respectively.

This still leaves the December’s edition onward open for all comers.  Before anyone gets over excited about the “Christmas edition”, please note that the features are a planning tool for Coach operators so December is essentially looking at the Destination from March/April onwards. Please also note we can only use copy that broadly conforms to the template, so please read brief before sending anything in (see below).

We suspect one reason for the lack of more copy may be that the page detailing the requirement was protected; needlessly so as it happens, since we will only accept copy from member destinations or, via them, from their major partner attractions.  We have now taken the protection off the page so anyone can see it without the” faff” of remembering or obtaining  a login; although can we remind everyone that the destination is the member and you are therefore all welcome to share the member protected area login with as many of the “team” as need it.

The very simple brief can now be accessed at:

Within reason copy will be used on a first come first served basis.  We are also happy to take copy at anytime, unprompted and add it to the waiting list.  Further trawls will take place every 6 months or so, or earlier if it appears we running out of suitable copy.

The Heritage Lottery Fund report on the state of UK public parks now available on

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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) report on the state of UK public parks published in July has now been  added to The British Destination research and statistics library.  The report can be found on the following webpage:


Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2013 (2014)

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The new VisitEngland report Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2013 (2014) has now been added to the British Destinations research and statistics library and can be accessed at: 

Although a VisitEngland report on English attractions much of the detail should have utility elsewhere in the UK.

All reports can be found in the in reverse publication order on a single page and also as individual pages in the drop down menu accessed via the + symbol, also presented by year, newest first. In addition some reports can also be found grouped by obvious theme like coastal/seaside or forecasts/trends.

New question posed in the members forum

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Can anyone recommend a marketing service provider that they are using and that they a really pleased with?

Transnational tourism based on European cultural & industrial heritage programme, a funding opportunity?

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The European Commission has launched a joint call for proposals for “Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage” and for “Fostering accessible tourism entrepreneurship and management”. Deadline for submission: Tuesday 21/10/2014.

For more information:


VisitEngland Framework Strategy for Tourism 2010 -2020 – Annual Progress Report 2014 published

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VisitEngland  have recently published their Framework Strategy for Tourism 2010 -2020 Annual Progress Report.  This report, along with a number of other national level strategy and policy documents can be accessed via the webpage at:

Latest edition of VisitBritain’s Foresights now available on

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VisitBritain’s Foresights July edition on the subject of  “What overseas visitors shop for when visiting Britain” is now available within the protected members area.  See item 3 on the following webpage for detail:

Forgotten our members’ login or never been given it then please email us here.

Great offer on services from our partners The Carrier Group

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British Destination members, The Carrier Group are celebrating their 21st birthday year by offering 21% discount on some of the excellent services.  See what’s on offer plus a piece on the winners of this year’s British Destination and Carrier Group brochure and web homepage awards in their recent newsletter which can be accessed here.

Labour Force Survey figures shows tourism at the forefront of economic recovery.

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Good news for tourism and good news for us all as we try to raise awareness of, and gain greater support for, the tourism industry as a major UK economic driver. The Labour Force Survey released today (13 August 2014) shows that tourism has been a major force in the UK’s economic recovery.

As part of the Tourism Alliance British Destinations is encouraging its members to us the Alliance’s press release to promote the good news rather than creating their own. The headline detail can be accessed at: Labour Force Survey August 2014 Tourism Alliance Press Release

The full press release can also be viewed at: