Month: January 2015
Bath Tourism Plus are seeking a head of tourism at c£40k closing Friday 20 February 2015. See the detail via the Britishdestinations.net jobs vacancies main menu tab, or go direct to the page here:
See the UK wide Coastal Communities Fund main round 3 award announcements and updates on round 1 & 2 progress at:
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
|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|
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 Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 http://uk.pinterest.com/dcmsgov/mytourismjob/.
– 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 http://uk.pinterest.com/dcmsgov/greatdayout/
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 (http://www.dcmsblog.co.uk/) from projects that have benefitted from the Coastal Communities Fund.
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:
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.
Colleagues in West Wales are looking at changing the ways they manage a major resort promenade. Can you help inform their thinking?
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 BritishDestinations.net; 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.
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 Britishdestination.net menu tab “Members Forum ask questions get answers” or go direct to the relevant webpage at:
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: