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

10 Jul 2014

Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research

The latest issue of AHTR is now available to view online here. Contents are as follows:

  • Sharia-compliant hotels in Egypt: concept and challenges
  • Strategic innovation: An empirical study on hotel firms operating in Antalya region
  • Service quality and customer satisfaction in Chinese fast food sector:  A proposal for CFFRSERV
  • The embedding convergence of smart cities and tourism internet of things in China


8 Jul 2014

This July, Routledge is offering free online access to their most popular articles and ebooks, covering topics such as the pursuit for sustainable tourism, the growing demand for air travel and the relationship between tourism, trade and growth. Explore the 'Economics of Travel & Tourism' collection here

27 Jun 2014

All about flying ...

From the first passenger plane to Virgin Galactic, air travel has come a long way and in this article, Lonely Planet talk about ten iconic planes which have transformed the way we travel. They have also posted about a selection of airports to be found in the most unlikely places, such as on beaches, hidden in mountain sides and atop compacted ice! They also provide a list of what they consider to be the very best airports across the world, which have facilities including museums, spas, galleries and even a swimming pool.