Tourism

Making self-certification a dirty word

19/01/2021

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

11/11/2020

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

16/09/2020

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

29/07/2020

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

Council leader calls for local lockdown powers

02/06/2020

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

12/05/2020

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

24/02/2020

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

27/01/2020

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

Liverpool to host ‘first permanent’ city zip line

20/12/2019

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

04/12/2019

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

09/10/2019

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

27/03/2019

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

Whitehall announces £36m to develop coastal communities

25/03/2019

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’

08/02/2019

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

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

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’

09/01/2019

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

02/11/2018

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

13/08/2018

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

07/06/2018

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

18/05/2018

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

29/03/2018

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

04/01/2018

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

22/09/2017

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’

27/09/2016

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

23/10/2015

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’

23/10/2015

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

Derry declared the best Halloween destination in the world

20/10/2015

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

26/08/2015

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

25/08/2015

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

21/08/2015

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

13/08/2014

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

11/07/2014

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

20/06/2014

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

30/05/2014

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

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The Bay – a pivot to purpose

Tim Pope and Sam Plum explain why local government reorganisation can be used as a catalyst for a new generation of councils that reflect their local economies and can lead the recovery.
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