Month: January 2016

Post – CSR VB VE update 5 Jan 16

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Lobbying activity relating to the post-CSR merger of VisitBritain and VisitEngland has continued during the holiday period.  The text of an email from Kurt Janson Director Tourism Alliance including links to the latest letter and briefing note on the issues from the Secretary of State DCMS can be accessed at:

Tourism Research Wales Event – 28 January

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Save the date – Thursday 28 January 2016

An Adventure Into ‘Big Data’

Mining digital data to inform and influence marketing and development – a unique gathering of international practitioners bringing their expertise to Wales in the New Year 2016.


Thursday, 28 January 2016


Bay Campus, Swansea University


One day with international leaders in the digital field – coming to Wales to showcase the practical application of ‘big data’ in day-to-day operations and forward planning in the visitor economy, including:

Bloom Consulting (Madrid) 

CICtourGUNE (Basque Country) 

GlamPro (Slovenia)

Visit Flanders 

iMINDS (Belgium) 

Who should attend?

SMEs to large organisations within the visitor economy, including private and public sector, transport, hospitality and related services, would benefit from the day.

Booking opens in the New Year 2016 – limited numbers. To register interest or for more information, please email 

New Year’s Cheer – Subscriptions frozen

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Good News, the Board at its recent meeting in December agreed to freeze annual subscription rates again for another year.  They did so in recognition of the tight financial circumstance we are all experiencing and by way of a thank you to all the loyal supporting members.  Armed with knowledge of the agreed 2016/17 rates I can also now start seeking advanced payment from those who traditional pay early, or from those of you who may want to do this as a one off in what remains of the 2015/16 financial year. (see below).

The quid pro quo for freezing subscriptions is that we would ask all individual representatives from each of the 60 odd member organisations (I.e. upwards of 300 people) to make at least one determined effort in the coming 12 months to recruit a non-member destination or a new associate or commercial member.

It was also agreed to formalise free and therefore potential additional service payments as follows:

  • Destination (those paying up to £750 pa ex VAT), up to a half day bespoke service free per membership year.
  • Major destinations (paying up to £1,500) up to 1 days bespoke services free per membership year.
  • Principal destinations (paying up to £3,500) up to 1 ½ days bespoke services free per membership year .

Bespoke services are anything from simple letters of support for bid or more complex expert opinion on tourism issues, small research projects, site visits, facilitating meetings, chairing events, presenting at conferences and seminars, and undertaking smaller consultancy projects. Work undertaken beyond the appropriate free limit for each membership type will be charged at an agreed rate calculated to recover actual staff and associated costs, including any travel time (c £400 per day; actual rate to be negotiated and agreed on a case by case basis).  In addition we will now also seek to recover actual travel and subsistence costs incurred from visits made at a member’s request.

If you want to be invoiced prior to 31 March 2016, or need more information to assess whether this is an option for you, for example you can’t remember what the fee is you pay(!) the please email me now at: