Month: March 2015

Coastal Communities Fund update

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Following a meeting with DCLG official yesterday we are now able to confirm the status of the promised 4th and 5th (2015/16 and 2016/17) UK wide rounds of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) and suggest a possible direction for future lobbying effort in respect of CCF:


Great UK Challenge Fund now open for bids

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The UK wide £2m Great UK Challenge has now opened for bids, 1st expressions of interest are required by Friday 17 April.  See more detail via the page:

Review of Visitor Accommodation Quality Assurance Scheme

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VisitWales today announced a  desk review of the current National Tourist Board and AA Visitor Accommodation Quality Assurance Scheme.  The results, to be made available and discussed in Wales in the summer, may well have implications for tourism and the visitor economy in Wales but also potentially, by implication, for the wider UK industry:

Select Committee report and more

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The CMS Select Committee report on Tourism together with The Westminster Government’s recently published UK Business Visits and Events strategy can be found at:

A number of additions have been made to the Research and Statistics library including a report from November 2014 on the economic benefit in the UK of air transport.  This is listed in date order and can be found 9th in the current listing at:

The various national tourist boards pages have also been updated within the protected members pages. Select the relevant Board from the drop down menu off the main  “Members area and login” menu tab).  The latest VB Foresight reports, Attitudes of Europeans to Tourism may be of particular interest:  

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Two new reports added to the statistics and reports library

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After a software glitch that has limited our ability to updates on we back up and running with two new important reports:

  • 20 years in 12 towns a report commissioned by HLF on the benefits of heritage


  • the full DCMS report on the Triennial Review of VisitBritain and VisitEngland

both available via the page:

These reports are well worth reading, but if time is an issue we would encourage you to at least scan the Triennial Review summary and recommendations on pages 5 to 7.  The HLF report summary is a less easy read; it is on pages 7 to 10.

There have been several very positive press releases and bulletins issued regarding the Triennial Review these include:




Vacancy communications and emarketing executive Great Yarmouth

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Details of the latest vacancy for a communications and emarketing executive at Great Yarmouth c£25k closing 20 April 2015 can be seen and accessed from the following page:

Free promotion of member’s job vacancies and circulation of details of senior post likely to be of interest to individuals working in member organisations are just two of the peripheral added value membership benefits we offer.  If you have detail of vacancies you wish to circulate please contact us here.

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Visit England industry consultation on tourism growth strategy launched

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This week VisitEngland launched their industry consultation on the growth strategy for England’s tourism industry.  See the CEO’s headline comment and access the consultation via the following page:


Tourism Alliance UK tourism statistics & Parliamentary candidate brief 2015

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Tourism Alliance’s annual UK Tourism Statistics 2015 and Tourism Brief: Information for Parliamentary Candidates 2015 can now both be accessed at: