Month: October 2014

British Destinations’ VB and VE Triennial Review Submission

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British Destinations’ VisitBritain and VisitEngland Triennial Review submission can be found at:

New ONS report on Coastal Communities

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compares the average data from the 2011 census across 273 coastal communities with the averages for England and Wales as a whole.  See the report at:


Economic value of beach awards

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Is anyone aware of research into the economic value of beach awards or anything  associated with this? If so British Destinations and UK Beach Management Forum colleagues need your assistance:

News and updates from Visit Wales

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Marketing Wales in 2015 – come and find out more: Visit Wales will be on the road during the end of November for a series of roadshows to share with you our plans for marketing Wales in 2015. We’ll be joined by colleagues from VisitBritain who’ll explain about the work they do on PR and how this links in to our own PR teams in Visit Wales.

  • Monday 24 November, St Pierre  St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Chepstow
  • Tuesday 25 November, Machynys Golf Club, Llanelli
  • Wednesday 26 November, Elephant & Castle Hotel, Newtown
  • Thursday 27 November, Quay Hotel, Deganwy

Places are limited, please book your place online now.

Have you packed for Wales? Autumn phase of the campaign now Launched:  The Visit Wales UK & Ireland autumn campaign is the second phase of the Have you Packed for Wales campaign launched initially on 1 March 2014.  The autumn phase gives a flavour of what makes autumn in Wales so special with the focus very much on food.   Full details of the the campaign is now available on our industry website

British Destinations have also added details of the new Regional Teams in Wales to the protected member’s section on VisitWales:

DCMS – VisitEngland – EH and National Trust half term campaign detail:

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Received from VisitEngland 23 October but unable to access sufficient band width whilst travelling yesterday to complete posting.  Rather short notice but some English destinations may still be able to take advantage of this opportunity:


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has teamed up with VisitEngland, English Heritage, and National Trust to run a mini digital campaign focused around the half term period.

The aim of the campaign is to promote small tourism businesses in the UK, by encouraging people to talk proudly about their local communities and favourite tourist attractions across their social media channels, using the #GREATdayout hashtag. The campaign will be focused around days out, highlighting what people can enjoy across the holiday period.


• Use the #GREATdayout hashtag from 20 October and during half-term week to join the conversation

• Look to create your own content promoting what you have on offer and share it on your channels using the #GREATdayout hashtag. Make us aware of your content so we can help promote it with our followers

• Ask your followers to share images of their #GREATdayout with @DCMS

• Businesses can also provide images to DCMS by contacting Amanda Downey at with a short quote about your half term activities and they will share via their channels

• Competition: DCMS will be running a competition on Twitter from 27 October asking people to tell us them why they love their local area/attractions. This will also be added to the DCMS Pinterest wall. If you would like to provide a competition prize from your area for example a hamper of local produce, please contact Amanda Downey at

Discounted prices available to British Destinations members at the TMI Convention

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The TMI Convention is in Stoke-on-Trent, starting in the afternoon of Monday 10th November and continuing through Tuesday 11th.  Discounted prices are still available to British Destinations members until 24th October:

Mirror Group Big Christmas 2014 Fact Sheet (copy date 19 November)

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A Christmas cracker of an offer from Mirror Group Newspaper, to help you promote your Christmas events, attractions, your retail offer or simply your destinations.  Details available in the member’s area on the following webpage: