Month: May 2015

UK Wide Inland and Coastal Bathing Waters latest results

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Following this week’s opening of the official 2015 bathing season in England and Wales (from 1 June in Scotland and Northern Ireland) the UK Beach Management Forum’s (UKBMF) website has been updated to include links on one single page to the latest interactive mapping for Scotland, Wales and England and text descriptions for Northern Ireland bathing waters and their historic and current results:

The UK Beach Management Forum website contains a host of detailed information on beach and inland and coastal bathing water management related issues, both for practitioners and for those wanting or needing to understand the much wider implications, for tourism and the visitor economy.

This year marks a key hurdle for beach management, in particular at coastal destinations, but also arguably for the reputation of UK domestic tourism in general as the new, much more stringent,  EU revised Bathing Water Directive (rBWD) comes into full effect.

Save the date: details of the British Destinations Conference 2015 announced

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Blackpool and the Imperial Hotel will host this years British Destinations Conference on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October. For more detail see page:

Individual 2014 Destination Intelligence Reports now posted

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We’ve now added all the individual 2014 destination reports, on to the Destination Intelligence website.  These can now be found along side the 2014 category and all group reports posted last month:

The separate log in details for the protected pages on the Destination Intelligence site are also held on the following main corporate protected  page: .  The idea is that you then only need remember one log in!

If you have not had or lost the log in to the corporate site or it’s just “all too much” then simply email me here.

Defra Consultation on Rural Tourism and Transport – Preliminary findings

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We have updated our briefing notes on the Defra rural tourism and integrated transport preliminary consultation and evidence survey, to include the recently published initial, headline findings.  Although a Defra study into the situation in England, the findings on the evidence base, or lack of it, might be equally informative elsewhere in the UK?  See the updated page at: