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DCMS July 2016 Tourism Update

Welcome to the July Tourism Update

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale gave the keynote speech to the British Hospitality Association’s Hospitality and Tourism Summit last week.

Mr Whittingdale said the Government regards tourism and hospitality as one of the country’s most important industries and will continue to support it and help it grow. The industry is going “from strength to strength” supplying almost one in ten jobs in the UK. He added that Britain attracted a record number of inbound visitors last year and there was record spend on domestic overnight trips too.

He said: “The reason why tourism is so successful in this country, is because our country has so much to offer.  People come to Britain because of our extraordinary heritage, our beautiful landscapes, our great sporting events, our art, some of the finest museums in the world, and our music.

“All of these are why people come to visit Britain.  It was the case last week, it is the case this week, and it will be the case next week.”

Mr Whittingdale said the referendum result offers opportunities as well as challenges and urged the sector to take advantage of them.  He also assured the tourism and hospitality industry that DCMS will engage closely with them as negotiations progress following the referendum.

“My message is that we will continue to welcome visitors from Europe into this country, just as we in Britain will continue to visit countries in Europe.”

“We will be working with you very closely to maintain tourism as one of our most important industries in this country, and to grow it further.”


A message from Tracey Crouch

I’m thrilled to be back at DCMS after my maternity leave and am looking forward to resuming my engagement with you all to continue promoting the tourism industry. David Evennett, who covered my period of leave, has done a brilliant job and I'd like to thank him for all of his hard work over the past few months.  

The recent weeks have seen significant changes, and I'd like to take this opportunity to ask each of you what you think the challenges and opportunities will be for the tourism industry. I'm keen to know what you think the impact will be on inbound, domestic and outbound tourism, what you feel should be protected and what could be reformed as we go through this period of change.    

We will be holding a round table with the tourism industry at the end of this month and I encourage you to feed views into the Tourism Alliance and Simon Vincent (co-chair of the Tourism Industry Council) beforehand. To facilitate this, the Tourism Alliance has launched a survey to find out industry views. We will also be bringing forward the next meeting of the Tourism Industry Council to September.

We are committed to ensuring that our vibrant industry which has seen remarkable growth continues to thrive despite our changing world and to do that we need to know your views, so I look forward to hearing from you.

The Events
Industry Board

Greater support to be provided

The Events Industry Board took place on 1st June and signed off the process for future support (financial and otherwise) which will be launched soon. The programme will help to win more events for the UK, and support the growth in scale and reach of existing British events. Stay tuned for more information in future newsletters. 

UK Visas 

New application centres to open in China

UK Visas and Immigration has announced that it is increasing the number of visa application centres in China from 12 to 15. The three new centres in Changsha, Kunming and Xian will start welcoming applicants shortly and will offer many of the premium services available elsewhere, including the popular 3 to 5 day priority visa service. 

New flight paths

Manchester to Beijing flights begin

In another boost to ties between China and the UK, there are new direct flights from Manchester to Beijing (#Manchester2Beijing), running four times per week and operated by Hainan Airlines. The route was unveiled by His Excellency Xi Jinping, and the Prime Minister in October 2015. 

Are you a tourism apprentice? Or a business that recruits tourism apprentices? We're working on an apprenticeships campaign and we'd like you to be involved. The campaign will promote tourism as a rewarding, long term career alongside our monthly #MyTourismJob profiles. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your ideas with us. 
The Great British Food campaign is encouraging tourists to follow their tastebuds to exciting new British destinations.
Follow their Instagram account for some delicious inspiration.

Encouraging nominations from the tourism industry

Nominations for the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours open soon and close in mid-September. We would love to see an increase in the number of nominations and honours for individuals representing the tourism industry. Nominations can come from a member of the public or by an association or agency. Please consider if there is a candidate who should be acknowledged for their exceptional service to the tourism sector. 


Images with thanks to Visit England