Month: November 2018

ONS UK Tourism Satellite Accounts for 2016 now available

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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the their team at the Tourism Industry Unit have released yet another important UK  tourism statistical report:  “The UK Tourism Satellite Accounts 2016 reports on the annual contribution of tourism to the UK economy from demand for goods and services caused by tourism activity and supply of these goods and services”.

Satellite accounting is a very different way of measuring the total economic activity derived from tourism.  It is reached by attributing a share of all other economic activity to tourism from Governments own economic data for all other sectors, rather than modelling estimates starting with surveys of tourist’s activities as is done for example with the GB Tourism Survey (GBTS) and International Passenger Survey (IPS).  It is a significant piece of work that can only be conducted once the audited Governments key economic data becomes available, hence the full year 2016 UK -TS data only being available in the closing months of 2018.

The main points and a really simply description of what is an otherwise complex methodology can be found at page 2 of the report.  This now been added to the reports and statistics library at:


Primary Authority – Quality in Tourism take Clean Safe and Legal standards a major step forward.

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As you may already know, we have been working closely with Quality in Tourism (QT), supporting their work to improvement quality assessments across tourism and hospitality businesses and in doing so helping to maintain a wider choice of schemes and service providers.  One of QT’s main focuses has been on the home stay market and specifically how local authorities and their own destination managers or affiliated Destination Management Organisations can better influence the quality of all the local accommodation stock offered and therefore promote that stock and the destination with greater confidence.

I am pleased to confirm that QT have secured a Primary Authority Partnership with Cornwall Council for their Safe, Clean and Legal framework which has now been ratified by the Secretary of State.  This is the first step towards greater ‘self-regulation’ of the industry and a move which we are supporting.  Further information is outlined below and can also be found on the Quality in Tourism website

In order to help support Quality in Tourism and the development of Primary Authority Partnerships, I keen to understand some more about different destinations’ needs and what is happening in your local areas.  I would be grateful if you could please answer the following questions (bullet points will suffice):

  1. Any examples where your authority or your DMO has had to deal with safe clean and legal issues e.g. fires where a fire certificate was not present, trading standards issues, injuries and people unable to claim to due lack of insurance provision, etc. Headlines, not details: just what happened, what didn’t happen and the impacts it had.
  2. What is your current strategy or approach to quality accreditation, if any?
  3. Turning to the sharing accommodation sector. How much of a handle do you have on the nature and scale within your destination?
  4. What and how much of an affect is the sharing economy having in your area and or on your operations?
  5. Has the sharing accommodation been raised as an issue with you by your established trade or discussed at local authority member level within your destination area?
  6. What is your current strategy or approach to the sharing economy, if any?

If you would like to know more and understand how you can easily roll out Safe, Clean & Legal inspections in your area, please contact the Quality in Tourism team on 0845 300 6996 or email

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Tourism Sector Deal moves a stage closer.

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Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright confirmed today that the Government will begin negotiations with the sector on an ambitious Industrial Strategy sector deal that will benefit the whole country.

For more detail on the proposed detailed negotiations see the Westminster Government’s press release here.

Tourism levy debate continues

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Following last month’s announcements by the Scottish Government of a consultation on “tourism taxes”,  the Scottish Tourism Alliance and UK Hospitality have written to the leader of Edinburgh City Council calling for the Council to abandon its own ongoing consultation on proposals for a Transient visitor Levy (TVL).  STA and UK Hospitality believe that the consultation is flawed and not fit for purpose.

Recent article on developments in Scotland, together with details of New Zealand’s plans to introduce a $35/£18 International Conservation and Tourism Levy  by October 2019 which was announced in June have now been added under the “and related articles” drop-down off the “Tourism Levies” main menu tab of

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New tourism officer post offered at Canterbury £33.6 k – £36 k closing 23 Nov 18

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Among a number of new regeneration and economic development post Canterbury Council are seeking to appoint a new Tourism Engagement Officer to be based in the Canterbury area at c£33.6 k rising to c £36 k.  Applications close 23 Nov 18.

If the post isn’t of interest to you or close colleagues then please consider circulating among your own wider professional networks:

Latest PwC reports confirms worsening position for the British high street.

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PwC and The Local Data Company analysis of c 67k outlets operated by multiple retailers and leisure operators in 500 town centres during the first 6 months of 2018 shows that the British high streets is weathering the most testing retail and leisure climate in five years as gap between store openings and closures widens.

The report published today may give destinations some comfort in that it illustrates that they are not alone and that some of the key drivers are currently largely outside the control of individual destination managers and local authorities.  It is also provides further evidence, if indeed it is needed, that radical national solutions and means to implement them are urgently needed, alongside local innovation and bespoke approaches.  The PwC press release cover the key finding can be accessed at:

The full report will be circulate once it has been sourced.

New consultation on proposed changes to the treatment of holiday lets as businesses in England, closing 16 Jan 19.

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MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) are seeking views on their proposed changes to the treatment of holiday let as businesses in England; a move designed to tackle the alleged practice of classify holiday or second homes as holiday let businesses for the express purposes of avoiding both council and business rates via the mechanism of small business rate relief currently applicable to businesses with a rateable value of  £12k or less.

Please consider distributing to relevant local business partners.  Comment for inclusion in our own and a potential Tourism Alliance response are sought. Comments direct to MHCLG are also encouraged.  The consultation document is available under the consultations main menu tab of or go directly to the page at: