7 Aug 2014

Adventure in Motion

In order to celebrate the role that creative storytelling plays in motivating travelers to pack their bags and seek adventure, the Adventure Trade Travel Association (ATTA) is accepting submissions for their inaugural short film competition: Adventure in Motion.
Any travel-related business or company, may enter the contest with a short video (up to four minutes long) which has been produced in the last year. The finalists will have their films shown during the Adventure in Motion session at the 2014 Adventure Travel World Summit, where delegates will vote on two winners.

The submission deadline is: August 22, 2014. 

Find out more here

31 Jul 2014

Symposium: Dark Tourism

A symposium entitled "Assessing Dark Tourism Scholarship and Practice: Themes, Issues & Consequences" will be held at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK on 23rd September 2014.  In conjunction with UCLan’s Distinguished Visitor Programme and the Institute for Dark Tourism Research, the purpose of this symposium is to review the state of dark tourism scholarship as well as highlighting key themes and issues. The event is free but places are limited - register here.

28 Jul 2014

The ATHE Annual Conference has been announced and will take place at the 
Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland 
from 4th-5th December 2014. 
More details can be found here.

23 Jul 2014

First China-Birmingham flight has landed....

A joint initiative between Birmingham City Council, Marketing Birmingham, VisitBritain and the Government came to fruition as an inaugural flight from China to Birmingham landed on the newly-extended runway at Birmingham Airport yesterday; the historic flight marked the start of the only UK to China direct air route to operate from outside London. Disembarking passengers from the China Southern Airlines plane were warmly greeted by key figures from local councils and government and received assistance through the airport from Chinese students, who are currently studying at universities in Birmingham. Later in the day, a China Southern Airlines flight departed from Birmingham, carrying passengers to Beijing. A further three flights on this route, to take place up to 6th August, are reported to be sold out. 

This forms part of the wider VisitBritain ‘GREAT China Welcome’ campaign aimed at the Chinese market. The Government also announced last year that applications from the Far East would be simplified to encourage Chinese tourism to the UK.

17 Jul 2014

Global Destination Cities Index

Mastercard have published their 2014 Global Destination Cities Index which is now available online. The 48 page report gives tourism-related statistics for 132 cities worldwide.

15 Jul 2014

Staycation - What's Next?

The improving quality of hospitality in the UK and an increased connection with local character, are two aspects that have helped encourage people to take a domestic holiday but what other factors are driving the trends? This question will be explored through several case studies with the speakers sharing tips on how to stay ahead of the game, latest innovations and various approaches to satisfying future customers.

Staycation - What's Next?
Thursday 25th September
3.30pm - 6.30pm
Central London
Book your tickets here

Confirmed panellists (more to be announced soon):

  • Sharon Orrell, Strategy and Development Director, Visit England
  • Robert Louden, Director General, The Camping and Caravanning Club
  • Craig Stewart, Director, freetobook
  • Nick Rudge, Managing Director, Cottages4you