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COVID-19: support for businesses

The DBEIS and Public Health England have issued an update on the support available to businesses and the mechanisms for delivery. It provides more details but not complete clarity on which businesses are eligible which we are still seeking answers on.  

Date: 19th March 2020


Plymouths ambitious plans to become carbon neutral ocean playground

Plymouth’s new Visitor Plan for 2020 - 2030 has set out a number of ambitious goals for the city, including becoming one of the UK’s first carbon neutral destinations. As part of the city’s overall goal of becoming greener, the vision is for Plymouth to be a carbon neutral destination by 2030, with improved transport infrastructure that will make it easier for visitors to travel by train or ferry.

Date: 9th March 2020


OECD Consultation into Tax reporting Rules for the Gig Economy

The OECD is consulting on proposals for new tax reporting rules for sharing/gig economy platforms. This may have implications for AirBnB, as until now it has been easy for hosts to avoid tax on their income.  That may be about to change.  This is quite a short consultation, it closes on Friday the 20th March, so submissions need to completed quite quickly.

Date: 9th March 2020


Hot Topic Speaker

Have you booked your early bird ticket at the TMI Hot Topic in Newark yet?  The Hot Topic 2020 will be taking place at the Palace Theatre and National Civil War Centre on 13 May.  Hear from David Edwards, Scattered Clouds, who will be talking about:  'Does an Ageing Population herald a Golden Age for Tourism?' Our planned theme for the conference is ‘Marketing to the Older Population’ – an idea that arose in feedback from the 2019 Annual Convention and which has already proved popular. You can find out more about delegate rates here, the venue here and can book here.

Date: 4th March 2020


The Short Stay Show 12th March 2020 Quality in Tourism

One of our key sponsors, Quality in Tourism, will be on the platform at the DMO Summit at the Short Stay Show on 12th March 2020 at ExCel London.   Anthony Pickles, Visit Britain/Visit England, Kurt Jansen, Tourism Alliance and many other key people will also be part of the event. The DMO Summit: The place where professionals working at destination management organisations, tourist boards and local authorities meet, network and learn at a dedicated tailored summit.

Date: 4th March 2020


Coronavirus Action Plan from the Government

The Government’s Action Plan for Coronavirus  has been published by the Department for Health and Social Care.  It is a very good source of information about the disease and the phased approach that the Government will implement if and when the disease becomes established in the UK. 'What the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next.'

Date: 4th March 2020