Month: January 2015

Head of Marketing Bath Tourism Plus

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Bath Tourism Plus are seeking a head of tourism at c£40k closing Friday 20 February 2015.  See the detail via the jobs vacancies main menu tab, or go direct to the page here:


Details of today’s Coastal Communities Grants Awards in England

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The announcement of the third round CCF grant in England (by some margin the largest proportion of the annual fund) were made today; announcements of grants in the other home nations being made somewhat sooner:

Coastal Communities Fund – Round 3 Awards

Applicant Amount Activity Notes
Furness Enterprise £864,892 Business Support/Training Awarded £900,000 in Year 1
Blackpool City Council £1,998,045 Supporting Illuminations
Tate St Ives £3,872,067 Extend/Refurbish Tate St Ives Capital
Redcar & Cleveland Council £906,859 Academy/Training Awarded £580,720 in Year 1
South Gloucestershire Council £1,225,913 Business Support/Training/Transport Links
Hastings Borough Council £499,454 Cycling Theme, transport connections Awarded £1,244,931 in Year 1
Suffolk Coastal District Council £491,664 Events, Festivals and Coastal Path Suffolk County Council awarded £700,000 in Year 1
The Conservation Volunteers £359,424 Coastal Path upgrade
Saltdean Lido CIC £2,295,572 Restore Lido Capital
Lincolnshire County Council £1,750.000 Two New Observatories Capital / Lincolnshire LEP awarded £200,000 in year 1
South Tyneside Council £1,534,775 Coastal Path/Public Realm
Torbay EDC £1,575,000 Business Support Awarded £1,385,656 in Year 1
Islands Partnership £202,750 Events/Business Support
MV Balmoral Fund Ltd £344,000 Restoration of Ship!
Copeland Borough Council £900,993 Museum expansion and offer
North Norfolk Railway £497,163 Station Upgrade Norfolk County Council awarded £200,185 in Year 2
North Tyneside Council £2,000,000 Refurbishment Capital – North Tyneside Council awarded £1,991,612 in Year 1
South Ribble Borough council £131,700 Parking, Market and Events
Scarborough Borough Council £2,780,000 Refurbish Market Hall/Business Support Capital – Scarborough Borough Council awarded £2,599,373 in year 1
Gravesham Borough Council £1,740,940 Refurbish Market/Business Support Capital
Devon County Council £1,311,769 Cycle Routes/Hire and walking East Devon District Council awarded £301,594 in Year 2
Port of Blyth £500,000 Training Awarded £500,000 in year 1
The British Rotorcraft Museum £138,429 Enhancing Museum
Worthing Council £245,556 Creative Hub/Business Support
Sunderland City Council £540,000 Events Sunderland City Council awarded £2,000,000 in Year 1
North York Moors £455,000 Infrastructure/Skills training
Seaham Marina CIC £1,743,979 Water sports Facility Capital
Friends if the Steam Coast Trail £637,050 New Coastal Path
East Riding of Yorkshire Council £476,147 Business Support/Cycling East Riding of Yorkshire Council awarded £2,150,000 in year 2
Thanet District Council £247,131 Events
Eastbourne Borough Council £1,838,693 Public Realm/Business Support
Maldon District Council £292,247 Coastal Trail/Events
Torridge District Council £417,380 Infrastructure repairs/Business Support
Morecambe Bay Partnership £297,542 Visitor Welcome/Visitor Hub
Great Yarmouth Borough Council £656,250 Business Support/Events Awarded £600,000 in Year 1


Digital Coastal Campaign to coincide with CCF announcements in England.

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I was asked at 5.38 pm on Friday by colleagues in VE to distribute the follow. After a “harumph” reply from me, it transpires that they had only been asked to get involved earlier that day, whilst already engaged elsewhere.

I saw no point in bothering anyone over the weekend, and I nearly didn’t bother doing anything today.  I mention this only because I didn’t and don’t want to look stupid myself getting involved in the distributing something, “just after the nick of time”, especially when we all know the announcements in England have been on the cards for at least 4 month (and predictable for 12 plus). More importantly I didn’t want you to have any cause to wonder about  the sanity of colleagues in VE or indeed in DCMS.  I may have got the wrong end of the stick and/or my comments may not make me, or by default British Destinations, friends in high place, but there are occasions when someone needs to turn around and address the odd comment directly to the elephants in the room.

It’s a brilliant idea but how much brighter would its brilliance have been, if we’d all be given a few more working day’s notice?  Harumph!

Please see the note from DCMS below for your info:

To coincide with the announcement of the second round of coastal community funding, we are hoping to generate some digital engagement about the beautiful coastal communities in the UK.

We would be incredibly grateful if you could share the below plan with your regional/coastal tourism contacts. We’re keen for this to not only be shared with businesses that have benefitted from funding, but to be shared widely to encourage people to talk proudly about their coastal communities.

If you have any footage or existing content that focuses on coastal communities, please send across to and she will promoted this across the DCMS digital channels from Monday 26th January. Please also share content from your own digital channels.

Note to distribute to your contacts:

Coastal Communities Fund announcement 

Digital Plan

Next week government will be announcing the coastal community projects that will benefit from the second round of Coastal Communities Funding. As part of the announcement Tourism Minister, Helen Grant will be visiting the Medway area of Kent to see some of the projects in action.

To highlight the fantastic Coastal Communities across the UK and the tourist attractions available in these areas, we will be promoting coastal communities via our digital channels including @DCMS on Twitter.

 How to get involved

–       Do you work in a coastal community? Share images of what it is like working in your area and why you enjoy it by using hashtag #mytourismjob and we will share them via @DCMS on Twitter and add to our Pinterest board

–       Do you live in a coastal community? Tell us what you love about your community and why people should visit using #GREATdayout. Share pictures and we will add them to our Pinterest board

On Monday 26 January the Department for Communities and Local Government will be sharing infographics and images from projects that have benefitted from funding on their Twitter account @CommunitiesUK and by using the hashtag #CoastalCommunitiesFund. Next week, DCMS will also be sharing posts on their blog ( from projects that have benefitted from the Coastal Communities Fund.


Destination Intelligence Survey 2014 update

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We are on target to get over 70% of the membership participating in this year’s free Destination Intelligence Survey; the highest percentage and the highest actual number of individual destinations we have had involved so far.

The deadline for completed improved  user-friendly forms remains 31 January and the offer of free assistance to both STEAM and Cambridge customers remains on the table.  If you have not yet completed the survey, or haven’t even started, then I would urge you to consider doing so now.

Having the benchmark to fall back on may not be a priority for you today but experience has shown that the day you do need it, is usually a day when it will prove utterly invaluable! It is well worth investing a little time in it whilst you can:

Tourism Alliance Parliamentary Reception 16 March 2015

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There are a small number of  spaces available for representative from British Destination to attend the Tourism Alliance Parliamentary Reception 4 to 6 pm on Monday 16 March 2015 in the House of Commons.  Any representative of a British Destinations’ member wishing to be allocated one of these free places, on a first come first served basis, should contact me here.

Please don’t apply speculatively; if you say you are going to attend, then saving genuine last-minute disaster, I really do need you to be there.

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Colleagues in West Wales are looking at changing the ways they manage a major resort promenade.  Can you help inform their thinking?

Latest updates and statistics from Visit England now available via

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VisitEngland’s January edition Destination communication (actionable articles and not news) and the September GB Tourism Statistics (GBTS) summary and comment for England, together with GB September total figures and English regional quarterly tables have been posted on;  Destinations Communication at paragraph 1 and the September GBTS etc. at paragraph 3 of the following protected page:

Both England and GB domestic figures show a decline on the same period in 2013 and for the year to date, against modest but nonetheless worrying increases in GB outbound travel.

Members who have never had or have forgotten the login detail should simply email me here.

UK domestic tourism and the impacts of tightening in term-time holiday restrictions

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We are urgently seeking views, comment and any anecdotal or hard evidence on the impact of the recent tightening of  term-time holiday taking restrictions in England on UK wide domestic holiday taking.  See menu tab “Members Forum ask questions get answers” or go direct to the relevant webpage at:

LGA culture, tourism and sport conference 3 – 4 March 2015

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Details of this year’s Local Government culture, media and sports annual conference being held in Durham on 3rd and 4th March can be accessed at: