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Dorset to host UK’s first coastal ‘tourist tax’


The first coastal ‘tourist tax’ in the UK is set to be introduced in Dorset after hoteliers in the region voted for the plans.

Thanet DC drops tourism tax plan


Thanet DC has decided to drop plans for a tourism tax because the Government has ‘no intention’ of giving the council the powers to implement one.

Craig hails tourist tax 'success'


The leader of Manchester City Council, Bev Craig, has hailed the UK’s first city tourist tax a ‘success’ a year on from its introduction.

Cambridge members discuss £2-a-night tourist tax


Cambridge City Council members are considering plans that could see hotels in the city introduce a tourist tax.

Worcestershire CC launches plan to boost tourism


Worcestershire County Council has launched a new plan to grow the county’s ‘billion-pound tourism economy’.

Coastal councils raise water quality alarm


Councils in coastal areas have raised the alarm about the impact on health and tourism caused by the continuing deterioration in coastal water quality.

Vote planned for first UK coastal tourism tax


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole hoteliers will vote on the introduction of a tourist tax as the authority withdraws direct funding amid budget pressures.

Culture spend down by £500m


Analysis has uncovered an almost £500m reduction in councils’ spending on libraries, culture, heritage and tourism since the onset of austerity.

Bradford Live ready for 2024 opening


Bradford Live has announced that it will be opening its doors for its launch season in autumn 2024.

Historic artefacts transferred to county council


Ownership of historic artefacts found outside of Lincoln is set to be transferred from the city council to Lincolnshire County Council.

Councils sign cross border partnership


Two English councils, Herefordshire and Shropshire, and two Welsh county councils, Monmouthshire and Powys, have signed a partnership agreement.

New festival to light up Scarborough


The Scarborough Lights festival will be launched next month as part of a three-year plan to boost arts, attract tourists and improve job opportunities on the North Yorkshire coast.

Country park renamed in honour of late Queen


A Lincolnshire country park has been renamed The Queen Elizabeth Memorial Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park as a mark of respect for the late monarch.

Thriving tourism that supports local need


Cllr Adam Hug, leader of Westminster City Council, has set out three things needed for tourism to thrive in a way that meets the needs of residents.

London council calls for power to impose overnight levy


Westminster City Council has called on the Government to enable local authorities to tax tourists on stays.

Yorkshire to host ‘internationally renowned’ triathlon


The Long Course Weekend will take place in North Yorkshire next year, marking the first time the multi-sport event has been staged in England.

Calls for affordable homes funding in holiday hotspots


Councils need long-term funding and more planning powers to build affordable homes for local people being priced out of tourist areas, Localis has said.

Flying Scotsman returns home for centenary


Flying Scotsman, the most famous steam locomotive in the world, is heading back to its birthplace of Doncaster, the city where it was built a century ago.

VisitBritain HQ moves to Birmingham


Birmingham will be home to VisitBritain’s new headquarters, the national tourism agency has announced.

Councils call for more radical thinking on short-term lets


Whitehall proposals to regulate short-term holiday lets fail to deliver what is needed to tackle housing shortages and ministers should think ‘more radically,’ councils have said.

Tower Bridge could close due to pay strike


Several major London tourist attractions could be forced to close after members of the GMB union voted to strike.

Short-term lets to need planning permission


The Government has announced new rules to give communities greater control over short-term lets in their areas which it says will strengthen tourism sector.

Tourism tax could raise councils nearly £430m, study says


More than £428m a year could be raised by imposing a £1-a-night levy on visitors staying in hotels, according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP).

Aberdeenshire Council accepts £20m levelling up grant


Aberdeenshire Council has accepted a £20m grant from the UK Government’s levelling up fund.

Leicestershire council to convert its office into hotel


A Leicestershire council is planning to turn parts of its office into a hotel because staff working from home means less space is needed.

Council launches net zero tourism network


A new network has been launched to promote collaborative, climate-friendly tourism in East Devon, the local council has announced.

Manchester introduces post-COVID ‘toursim tax’


Visitors to Manchester will be required to pay a ‘tourism tax’ as part of a new initiative to support the city’s accommodation sector after Brexit and COVID.

£2m scheme to lead tourism board reform launched


The North East has been selected as the location for a £2.25m tourism project aimed at boosting investment in the region.

Nottingham’s castle closure after £33m revamp ‘huge disappointment’


The closure of Nottingham’s castle after a multi-million-pound investment is a ‘huge disappointment’, the city council has said.

Mini-Budget: Universal Credit sanctions tightened


Tens of thousands of people on Universal Credit face sanctions and reductions if they do not show up at jobcentres, under plans unveiled by the chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng.

Council takes emergency measures to improve Lake District traffic


Cumbria County Council is introducing an emergency traffic regulation to prevent vehicles from causing traffic jams in the Lake District.

Boldly going where Birmingham has never gone before


Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, explains the integral role of the local authority in delivering the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Welcome to Yorkshire goes into administration


Yorkshire tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire is to go into administration after local authority leaders announced they would stop funding it.

Wales to consider bringing in a 'tourism tax'


A consultation on allowing councils in Wales to launch new tourism taxes will be launched later this year.

Council agrees land deal for Eden Project North


Lancaster City Council has agreed to transfer land for the £125m Eden Project North.

Over £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals


The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Budget 2021: Sunak freezes VAT rate to support hospitality and tourism


Support for hospitality and tourism businesses was underpinned in the Budget by a freezing of the current 5% rate of VAT for another six months until the end of September.

BUDGET 2021: Sunak's lifeline for workers and business


Rishi Sunak’s Budget is expected to provide a lifeline for workers as the furlough scheme is extended to September while the universal credit £20 uplift could also be prolonged for six months.

What next for the capital post-pandemic?


The levelling up agenda has focused on the Midlands and the North, but London’s economy has also been hard hit by the pandemic. The MJ and BT spoke to eight London chief executives on how they are adapting to the changes. Michael Burton reports.

Making self-certification a dirty word


Deborah Heather urges local authorities to ensure the tourism industry uses enforceable and accountable accreditation schemes.

Council chiefs call for culture funding to support people during lockdown


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in culture, sport and leisure activities as a new report reveals councils spend over £2bn a year on these areas.

Wakefield council rules out paying Welcome to Yorkshire £78,000


Wakefield council has decided against giving Welcome to Yorkshire additional funding choosing instead to pump it directly into the district’s tourism sector.

Tourist towns hit hardest by unemployment


Tourist hotspots have seen greater levels of unemployment due to the coronavirus crisis, new figures have shown.

Council leader calls for local lockdown powers


Councils should have the the power to introduce local lockdowns if cases of Covid-19 rise in specific areas, the leader of Brighton & Hove City Council has said.

Councils urge people to avoid tourist hotspots


Council leaders and tourism bodies have warned that local residents could be put at risk if people flock to tourist hotspots now the lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Public back local tourism taxes


More than half of residents think councils should have the power to set a tourism levy, according to a new survey.

Managing short-term lets


Deborah Heather explores the issue of homestay rentals and managing short-term lets within council boundaries.

Liverpool to host ‘first permanent’ city zip line


Liverpool could be host to the ‘first permanent’ city zip line in the UK, the city council has announced.

Sky announces plans for ‘state-of-the-art’ studio in Elstree


Sky’s plans to build a 32-acre TV and film studio at Elstree could lead to 2000 new jobs for the local economy, the telecommunications company says.

Councils agree to £1m payment to struggling tourism firm


Council leaders in Yorkshire have agreed to give an embattled tourism agency £1m because closing it down ‘could cost more than £3m’.

Impact of tourism tax


Rory Alexander explores what the introduction of tourism tax in the UK could mean for local councils.

Whitehall announces £36m to develop coastal communities


Around 70 coastal projects have been awarded a total of £36m by the Government as part of an effort to attract tourists and create jobs.

Edinburgh council votes in favour of ‘tourist tax’


City of Edinburgh councillors have voted in favour for what could be the UK’s first ‘tourist tax’.

Call for tourism tax review


An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

Public back Edinburgh’s ‘tourist tax’


A consultation has revealed 85% of people strongly support the introduction of a ‘tourist tax’ in Edinburgh.

Council considers bidding for new money raising powers


Bath & North East Somerset is being urged to lobby the Government for powers to raise money for local services, such as levies on tourism and short-term lets.

Councils warn about jobs 'black hole' in tourism sector


The UK's tourism industry - which is worth £126bn to the economy- is at risk of grinding to a halt due to a growing skills gap and record number of visitors, council leaders have warned.

i360 asks to delay loan repayments to council


The i360, Brighton’s seafront observation tower, has asked Brighton & Hove City Council if it can reduce its loan repayments.

Councils urged to bid for latest Coastal Revival Fund


Councils have been invited to bid for a share of £1m to help restore coastal landmarks that have fallen into disrepair.

Salisbury receives £2.5m after Skripal poisoning incident


The Government has made £2.5m available to help Salisbury meet ‘unexpected costs’ in the wake of the Skripal poisoning incident.

A seaside success story


Duncan Johnston explores how Bournemouth Borough Council is using a joint venture to help reinvigorate and change the perception of the town.

Over £16bn generated in heritage tourism, report finds


Heritage tourism has generated over £16bn in spending by domestic and international visitors so far this year.

Councils can use devolution to benefit from growth in ‘staycations’


Local authorities can use the devolution agenda to capitalise on the growing ‘staycation’ market, council chiefs say.

UK’s largest national park to be created


The Government’s decision to extend the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District will create the largest area of almost continuous National Park land in the country.

Nottingham named England’s ‘Home of Sport’


Nottingham is England’s official ‘Home of Sport’, according to the tourism board VisitEngland.

Derry declared the best Halloween destination in the world


The city of Derry has been chosen as the best place in the world to celebrate Halloween, beating off competition from the likes of Transylvania, Sleepy Hollow and Salem.

Cruise liner terminal given green light


Greenwich has been given the go-ahead for a passenger cruise liner terminal which is expected to boost tourism in the borough.

Devon nature reserves secure Dark Sky status


Two nature reserves in East Devon have been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site status.

Banksy theme park ‘Dismaland’ to open in council’s former lido


World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has opened a new theme park ‘Dismaland’ at a former council lido in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.

City sees record visitor numbers


A historic year for tourism in Birmingham has seen a record 34 million visitors travelling to the city over the past twelve months.

Thanet considers compulsory purchase of Manston Airport


Thanet District Council will debate the compulsory purchase of Manston Airport at a Full Council meeting, after a petition of almost 8,000 signatures was presented to it.

Loan deal paves way for Brighton landmark


Brighton and Hove City Council has agreed a deal to finance a new £36.2m seafront landmark built by the creators of the London Eye.

The six stages of creating a Tourism Partnership


How starting a tourism partnership can deliver benefits to local communities.

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