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Annual Conference 2022
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ONS Guidance Note 1 – Definitions of Tourism (Version 2)
Research & statistics – by year
or – by theme
National Board & other statistics
Content (100 + reports)
YouGov Travel 2022: Youth of today, travel of tomorrow
The full fiscal and employment impact of reduced VAT on UK hospitality and tourism.
PwC Financial year 2021-22 Hotel Forecast report
BVEP report Supporting Sustainable Growth for the UK Events Industry 2021
Chief Medical Officer for England. Annual Report 2021 – Health in Coastal Communities
Airbnb Short-term lets registration white paper 2021.
Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2020 full report
A perfect storm? The end of free Movement and its impact on the UK tourism workforce 2019.
Migrant labour force within the tourist industry August 2019:
Multi-generational visitor research report (2019).
Peer-to-peer accommodation in Wales: a preliminary review 2019
The Value of Breaks for Ordinary Working Families: an exploratory study (2019).
Town Centres What’s next? (2019).
Destination London: The Expansion of the Visitor Economy (2019).
Taking the P*** – The Decline of the Great British Public Toilet (2019).
English Private Landlords Survey 2018 (2019).
The Future of Seaside Towns (2019).
Driving Growth – The economic value of outbound travel (2019).
2019 Economic Benefit Report: Holiday Parks and Campsites impact report (Feb 2019).
Cultural Cities Enquiry (2019).
VisitBritain 2019 inbound tourism forecast (Feb 2019).
GB Tourism Survey 2017 (2018)
The UK Tourism Satellite Accounts (UK – TSA) 2016 (2018).
Chinese tourists: Dispelling the myths (2018).
State of the Nation 2017 – Social Mobility in Great Britain (2018).
Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2017 (2018).
Summary insight on overseas visitors to the UK (day trips) 2018.
The Great Britain Day Visitor Survey 2017 (2018).
International Passenger Survey (IPS) 2017 (2018).
The role of commercial space in Local Industrial Strategies (2018)
Discover England Fund research- Outdoor Activities (2018).
Financial sustainability of Local Authorities 2018.
Inbound countryside and coast research 2017 (2018).
Spending needs, tax revenue capacity and the business rates retention scheme (2018):
The Real Level of Unemployment 2017 (2017):
Discover England Fund Research, 4 projects (2018).
Report of the Inquiry into Coastal Communities – APPG for the Visitor Economy (2017).
The Future Travel Journey – Trends for Tourism Product Development (2017):
Travelling together – The value of UK outbound tourism (2017):
2016 GB Day Visitor Survey (2017)
Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2016 (2017):
Perceptions of the English Coast: Identifying Opportunities for Domestic Non-Visitors (2017):
Unlocking the Value of youth, student & educational travel (2017):
EEA-workers in the UK labour market (2017)
Final Mile – best practice guidelines (2017):
Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2016 – Full Report (2017):
International visits, nights and spending by UK and Overseas residents, 1980 to 2016 (2017):
Activity Holidays: Are they the key to growth on the English Coast? (2017):
Living abroad migration between Britain and the EU8 (2017):
Report on the benefits of low VAT on job creation and competitiveness in the EU 2017
World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitive Report (2017):
VisitBritain – Decisions and Influences (2016)
VisitBritain – Foresight – issue 148 – How the World views Britain (2016):
Workers in the tourism sector: examining their private pension savings, Great Britain, July 2012 to June 2014 (2016):
The GB Day Visitor Statistics 2015 (2016)
Off Peak Coastal Tourism: Potential for growth in the Empty Nesters Market (2016)
Discover England: summary insights on overseas visitors to England’s regions and Addressing market opportunities (2016):
Trains – The gateway to beyond London? (2016):
The tourism landscape- DMO 2016 (2016)
UK Hotel Forecast 2017 (2016)
Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2015 (2016)
Migrant workers in the hospitality and tourism sector and the potential impact of labour restrictions (2016)
Potential Contribution of Coastal Tourism to the Regeneration of Seaside Towns (2016)
2016 Coastal Tourism (2016)
The productivity of tourism industries 2015 (2016)
The regional value of tourism in the UK 2013 (2016)
The UK Tourism Satellite Accounts 2013 (2016)
Tourism Alliance UK Tourism Statistics 2016 (2016)
Retail 2020 Fewer but better jobs (2016)
GVA of DCMS Sectors 2015
Wish You Where Here 2015 – Music Tourism’s Contribution to the UK Economy (2015)
New Blue Deal (2015)
The Skills and Productivity Question (2015)
Visitor Attractions Trends in England 2014 (2015)
Regional spread of inbound tourism to Britain 2014 (2015)
Tourism and Aviation Report (2015)
Airport Commission Final Report (2015)
Economic Impact of the Holiday Park Sector in Scotland 2014 (2015)
GB Day Visitors Statistics 2014 (2015)
UK Satellite Accounts (TSA) for 2012 (2015)
2015 Coastal Tourism (2015)
Getting Active Outdoors (2015)
ONS Visitor Trends 2014 (2015)
The Future of Chinese Travel (2015)
Triennial Review of VisitBritain and VisitEngland (2015)
20 years in 12 places (2015)
Tourism Alliance statistics & Parliamentary Candidate brief (2015)
Economic Downturn and the “Staycation” (2015)
Coastal Communities Fund Annual progress report 2014 (2015)
London Review 2013-14 (2015)
Developing a competitive health and well-being destination (2014)
Economic Benefits from Air Transport in the UK (2014)
Estimates of the economic importance of tourism 2008 -2013 (2014)
2011 Census – Coastal Communities (2014)
Employment in Tourism Industries, 2009 – 2013 (2014)
The State of UK Public Parks 2014 -Renaissance to Risk? (2014)
Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2013 (2014)
Where overseas visitors stayed in 2013 (2014)
Seaside Towns in the Age of Austerity – Recent trends in employment in seaside tourism in England and Wales (2014)
Economic Impact of Activity in Wales (2014)
ONS International Visitor Trends 2013 (2014)
ONS Analysis of Employment Contracts That Do Not Guarantee A Minimum Number Of Hours (2014)
GB Tourism Statistics 2013 (2014)
VE Trends in Domestic Leisure Tourism the Next Decade a workshop pack (2014)
Events are Great Britain (2014)
Tourism Alliance UK Tourism Statistics and Video Presentation 2014:
Northern Ireland Tourist Board Quarterly Update (2014)
The Future of the Staycation (2014)
The Regional Value of Tourism 2011 (2014)
London and Beyond (2013)
ONS A Profile of Deprivation in Larger English Seaside Destinations, 2007 and 2010 (2013)
Regional Spread of Inbound Tourism (2013)
Tourism: jobs and growth. The economic contribution of the tourism economy in the UK. (2013)
Welfare reform – hitting the poorest places hardest (2013)
GB Tourism Statistics 2012 (2013)
Domestic Leisure Trends for the Next Decade (2013)
ONS UK Tourism Employment Characteristics (2013)
The Grimsey Review (2013)
Tourism Alliance – UK Tourism Statistics (2013)
Economic impact of the UK Heritage Tourism Economy (2013)
Health and Well-Being from Coastal Environments
The Economic Impact of Air Passenger Duty (2013)
The Great British Outdoors – Health and Well-Being from Natural Environments (2013)
The visitor economy: A potential powerhouse of local growth (2013)
Coastal/seaside 10 reports and 3 strategies 1999 to 2013
GB Day Visits 2012 (2013)
Geography of tourism employment (2012)
ONS Measuring tourism locally (version 2, 2012)
Cities Outlook 2012 (2012)
Tourism Marketing Return on Investment: The Impact of Displacement (2012)
The Economic case for the Visitor Economy (2010)
Driving Growth – The economic Value of Outbound (2012)
British Hospitality Association Report England Hospitality – Driving Local Economies (2011)
GB Day Visits 2011 (2012)
GB Tourism Statistics 2011 (2012)
Oxford Economics – Economic Impact of the Exhibitions Sector (2012)
The Changing Landscape of Public Sector for Tourism in England (2011)
UK Tourism Survey 2010 (2011)
Overseas Visitors to Britain[ 2009 IPS data] (2010)
UK Tourism – The Leaky Bucket (2010)
UK Tourism Survey 2009 (2010)
Understanding Group Travel Organisors (2009)
Backing UK Tourism: Destination Recovery (2009)
UK Tourism Survey 2008 (2009)
British Tourism Framework Review (2009)
Deloitte – The Statistical Case for the UK Visitor Economy (2008)
UK Tourism Survey 2007 (2008)
UK Tourism Statistics 2006 (2007)
Eddington Report – Transport’s Role in Sustaining the UK Economy (2006)
The Future of Transport and Tourism in (England’s) NW (2006)
Aging and Coastal Communities (2006)
English Leisure Visits 2005 (2006)
UK Tourism Survey 2005 (2006)
Review of tourism statistics (2004)
Measuring the Local Impact of Tourism (2002)
UK government to assess whether Online Sales Tax could address tax imbalance reported by retail sector closes 20 May 22
Great British Railways – Whole Industry Strategic Plan, closed 4 Feb 2022
ONS Proposed future approaches to measuring travel and tourism statistics closes 21 Dec 21
Independent Review of Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) consultation closed 28 April 21
BEIS Subsidy Control Consultation closed 31 Mar 21
DCMS Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Terms of Reference and Call for Evidence closed 31 Mar 21
HMRC VAT and the Sharing Economy – Call for evidence closed 3 Mar 21
HM Treasury Review of Business Rates closed 18 Sep and 31 Oct 20
Scottish Government Consultation on the Principles of a Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax closed 2 Dec 19.
Agriculture, achieving net-zero emissions inquiry closed 30 Sep 19.
Carbon offsetting in transport, closed 26 Sept 19.
Select Committee Inquiry into sustainable tourism closed 13 September 2019
APPG for Air Passenger Duty Reform – APD reform inquiry closed 19 July
Deposit Return Scheme in England Wales and Northern Ireland, closed 13 May 2019.
Consumer Contract Regulation 2013 review closed 1 May 2019
Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Regulation 2018, 6 month review closed 8 March 2019
Consultation on the Business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation (England) closed 16 Jan 19
Regenerating Seaside Towns & Communities Select Committee call for evidence closed 9 October 18
Fisheries White Paper closed 12 Sep 2018
HMRC The role of online platforms in ensuring tax compliance by their users closed 8 June 2018
Tackling the plastic problem – Using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste, closed 18 May 2018.
Tackling the hidden economy: public sector licensing closed 2 March 2018
Online search and booking websites consultation closed 15 Dec 17.
Consultation on Home Office’s Immigration Statistics – arrivals data closed 2 Sep 17
APPG sharing economy inquiry closed 25 Nov 16
Select Committee Inquiry on rural tourism – written evidence closed 6 September 2016
PPL Small Residential Hotels & Guesthouses Tariff closed 19 August 2016
Consultation on devolving Sunday trading rules in England and Wales closed 16 September 2015
VisitEngland Consultation on Growth Strategy for England’s Tourism Industry closed 15 May 2015 Plus summary of results
CMS Select Committee inquiry into tourism closed 29 September 2014.
Visit England/Visit Britain Triennial Review closed 31 October 2014
Community and Ancillary Seller Notices Consultation in England closed 9 December
National strategies & policies +
and Tourism & industry, strategies & policies:
Review of Destination Organisations in England
Market Failure in Tourism
MAC Points Based System & Salary Threshold report 2020
Treasury Committee Inquiry Report on the Impact of Business Rates on Business
Tourism Alliance Manifesto December 2019 Election and beyond
Supplying skills for the local visitor economy 2019:
Migration Advisory Committee – EEA migration in the UK – Final report
Package Travel Regulation implementation guidance
Welsh Destination Management Partnership plans
Tourism Sector Deal bid
Tourism after Brexit 2017
Tourism Tax Update
Local Solutions Boosting the Visitor Economy (2016)
In term time holiday taking, Westminster Hall Debate and April 2017 Supreme Court finding
Post CSR direction for destination based tourism
Business Visits and Events Strategy (2015)
English Heritage Ports and the Historic Environment (2014)
Tourism Alliance School Holiday’s Briefing and Hansard Report on the Debate
CIPFA “Tourism” Briefing notes
Business Rates: The Road to reform – a discussion paper from the British Retail Consortium February 2014
UK Weather forecasting, making the most of free to use local information
Cut Tourism VAT Briefing (October 2013)
Equality Act 2010 – A guide for holiday providers, hotels and those letting holiday properties. (2012)
The Portas Review An independent review into the future of the high street (2011)
Good practice guidence for tourism planning (England – 2006)
EU policies & programmes
and EU Package Travel Directive 2015
EU PTD UK implementation update
Members’ area & Login
Our Annual General Meetings
Our Board and Executive meetings
Minutes & Board & Meeting Papers from Strategic Partner Organisations
* www. britishdestinations .co.uk
National Tourist Boards new, views, statistics and updates:
* Northern Ireland Tourist Board
* Visit Wales
*Publication from the ONS Tourism Intelligence Unit & NISRA
*Tourism Around Europe Quarterly NewsLetter
*DCMS Tourism Council
Shared Prosperity Fund 2022 and Community Renewal Fund 2021-22
Welsh Tourism Investment Fund -Proposal Invited closed 23 Nov 18
Coastal Revival Fund (England) bids closed 5 July 2018
Welsh Tourism Amenity Investment Support Fund closing 25 May 2018
Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund
Funding for rural tourism in Wales applications closing June 2017
Wales Tourism funds applications closed 24 February 17 – proposal guidance now online
CCF 2017/18 -2020/21 update
Coastal Community Teams
Coastal Revival Fund
Defra – Rural Development Programme for England
Great UK Challenge Fund
Northern Futures Growth Fund
South West Futures Tourism Programme
Heritage and community rail tourism innovation competition closed 4 April 16
Business Improvement Districts & Tourism
and related articles
Sharing Economy and OTAs
+ Gig economy
+ Over tourism
VE Pink Book
Live Event Reinsurance Scheme 6 Sept 2021
Joint DMO review proposal Aug 20
Retained, Rebuilt, Resilient
English Language Training English UK reopening guidance
Early Outbreak Management in England
Full stay at home guidance 23 Mar 20
Net Zero The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming
House of Lords Select Committee on Rural Economy Inquiry Report
New Markets for the North of England’s Coastal Resorts DEF Concept Development Research
Welsh Government’s current position on tourism levies in Wales
CMS Select Committee Report on: The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.
2017 General Election manifestos –
Discover England Fund Year 2 Pilot Bid Docuement
Tourism as a redistributor of income
CBI EU Brexit Report (2016)
Autumn Statement 2016 – Key Tourism Issues
Tourism Industry Sector Deal working group notes
The process for withdrawing from the European Union
VE draft industry strategy 2015
ABTA Deloitte Brexit tourism assessment
Coastal Communities Fund round 3 announcements round 1 & 2 update
Coastal Communities Fund update as at 31 March 2015
Coastal Communities Fund Update
Entrepreneurship in coastal destinations
Business Rate Announcements
Coastal Revival Fund
Post-CSR Industry letter
Summary Points British Tourism Framework and Triennial Reviews
Tourism Alliance post- CSR response
Tourism Alliance Update VB – VE merger 5 Jan 16
Tourism and Aviation Report (2015)
Visit Kent DMO service agreement with Hertfordshire
FAIRBOOKING UK Campaign Brief May 2015.
Visitor Economy Letter
Latest on new regional model for tourism in Wales
Party Manifestos and Tourism 2015
Policy Changes – Houses in Multiple Occupancy
Defra rural tourism and transport project
New Markets for England’s Classic Resorts
APPG on Visitor Economy Coastal Inquiry submission.
CMS Select Committee Brexit Inquiry
Pre-CSR letter on future funding
Tourism changes – a personal view
Deposit Return Scheme
UK Beach Management Forum (UKBMF)
Who are UKBMF and what we do
Public information on bathing water quality Guidance for local authorities
Beach Hut Chalet Survey – results:
Defra Cleaner Seas Forum Minutes
Environment Agency Bathing Water Data Explorer
Value of Coastal Tourism Presentation
Revised EU Bathing Water Directive (rBWD)
UK Bathing Waters EU Quality Status
Crown Estates Coastal Reports and Research Documents
Tools for improving local water quality
Job vacancies +
Marketing Manager Visit Isle of Wight FT, salary negotiable, closing 8 April.
Performing Arts Programmer, The Atkinson Southport c £30.5k to £33.7k closed 8 Nov 21
Museums Business Manger c£44k -c£48k St Albans closed 17 Nov 19
Conference and Sales Manager Southport c£33k to £37k closed 2 Oct 19.
Destination Partnerships Officer East Riding of Yorkshire, 2 year fixed term c £32k closing 6 Oct 19.
Destination Group Manager Vacancy East Riding of Yorkshire c £53k closing 14 Aug 19.
CEO Visit Lincoln, £40k – £44k closing 4 August 2019
Executive Director Islands’ Partnership, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly c.£50,000 closed 4 June 2019
Head of Customer Services, Marketing and Communication, East Suffolk Council c£62k – £73k closed 7 May 2019
Chief Executive Tourism Society London. Part time, 2 days per week, 100 days pa @ £240 per day, closed 1 May 19.
Head of England Partner Engagement (maternity cover) £60k pa, closed 15 Apr 19.
Visitor economy, business development & research manager, Liverpool City Region LEP, £40k closed 19 Apr 19
VisitBritain – Head of Events, London, £64k closed 15 April 2019
Communications and Membership Services Contractor c3 day pcm @ c £450 pcm. Closed 31 Apr 19.
Various appointments VisitBritian closed 17 Mar 19.
Tourism Engagement Officer Canterbury City Council c £33.5 k to £36 k closed 23 Nov 18
Head of Marketing: Visit Wales c £61k rising to £71k closed 5 July 2018
Interim Executive Director Tourism Society, London £40k pro-rata and Maternity cover Membership Executive £18k FTE, pro-rata £14.4k both closed 10 May 18.
Coastal Tourism & Development Manager Thanet District Council c£50 k – £57 k closed 13 April 18
Research Manager Newcastle Gateshead Initiative £30k to £34.5k closed 22 Feb 18
VisitWiltshire Commercial Development Manager, Great West Way – two year fixed term contract £35k to £40k closed 10 January 2018
Experience Oxfordshire – Head of commercial services £38k – £45k closed 4 Dec 17.
Experience Oxfordshire – PR and Marketing Executive £18k to £22k closed 23 Nov 17
Plymouth – Travel Trade Manager – US Connections – DEF Project, ftc, c£25k closed 30 Oct 17
VisitWiltshire Content Manager Fixed term Contract – 18 – 24 months C£30 – £35k closed 27 Oct 17
Various vacancies with VisitBritain all closed between 22 Oct to 5 Nov 17
Head of Trade Visit Jersey, Jersey or London, opened Sept 17 now closed.
Three posts Visit County Durham ranging from c£24k to c£30k closed 22 October
Marketing and Communications Manager Shakespeare’s England, Stratford-upon-Avon, £28k, closed 9 June 2017
Executive Director Tourism Society London, c£40k offered 27 March 2017, now closed.
Marketing & Communications Manager Wye Valley & Forest of Dean c£25k-£30k closed 20 Dec 16
Head of Tourism Make it York c£50k closed noon 2 Nov 16
Head of Visit Lincoln c£35 to £40k, closed 4 Nov 16
Arts Development Officers (x2) Fylde Council, Lytham St Annes (Salery grade c£20k-£22k) closed 1 June 2016
CEO Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire C£100k closed 18 April 16
Investment Services Manager Stoke-on-Trent c£43k to c£46k closed 15 January 16
Seafront & Events Operations Manager, Weston-super-Mare c£29.5k closed 13 May 2015
Two Posts NCTA Bournemouth closed 5 November
Digital Content Manager Isle of Wight c£22k to £26k closed
Communications and eMarketing Executive Great Yarmouth c£25,000 closed 20 April 2015
Bournemouth Coastal BID Manager, £40k closed 30 January 2015
Head of Marketing – Bath Tourism Plus c£40k closed 20 February 2015
Forum: ask questions get answers
Culture, arts, festivals and events – where do they sit within existing organisational structures
Tourist and Visitor Information Centre provision
Internal and external KPIs (Dec 21)
Adventure based tourism research and studies
Overcoming cultural, ethnic and religious barriers to engagement in popular domestic tourism activities.
Augmented reality tours in the UK
Online booking systems
Land train operations and operators
Targeting the Chinese market
Visitors Map & Tourism Information Publication Brief Examples & Recommendations
Charging policy for events on Council owned property
How is domestic business been for you?
Land train usage
Quality grade accommodation only policies
Sports pitch lettings systems
Touch screen Tourist Information Points
Economic value of restaurant development
Online events application systems.
Impact of term-time holiday restrictions on UK domestic tourism
Local Weather Stations
Tourism Information Bicycles
Marketing service recommendations
Destination Cycle Hire Schemes
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