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UK Tourism growing at faster rate than both Banking and Financial Services, says new WTTC Benchmarking research

Benchmarking research Major research conducted by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global body which represents the private sector of Travel & Tourism, has revealed Travel & Tourism is the fastest growing sector in the UK, accounting for 11.9% of all jobs, ahead of Financial Services (8.9%) and Banking (3.4%), generating £231.6bn to the nation’s GDP. The launch of the research falls on the 50th anniversary of the ‘Development in Tourism Act’, which was introduced on July 25, 1969 and saw the establishment of the British Tourist Authority and Tourist Boards for England, Scotland and Wales. The aim was to give responsibility to the BTA for promoting the development of tourism to and within Great Britain, and to oversee the improvement of tourist amenities and facilities in order to attract both domestic and foreign visitors.

Date: 1st August 2019

Government's response to the six month review of the Package Travel Regulations

The Government have responded to: The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018: July 2018 to March 2019 review The report, which includes the government’s response, sets out feedback received from key industry bodies, businesses, consumer groups and enforcement authorities to a questionnaire which focused on the immediate issues faced by businesses and consumers when adjusting to the new requirements in Package Travel Regulations (PTR) 2018. Government Response Published 22 July 19

Date: 1st August 2019

Rebecca Pow keeps Tourism Brief

Rebecca Pow MP, keeps her role (appointed in May19) as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism after supporting Johnson's leadership campaign. Her responsibilities include the arts, museums, digital culture, tourism, heritage, cultural property and public libraries.

Date: 1st August 2019

DCMS Committee publishes Garden Design and Tourism Report

Gardens contest could help tap into tourist demand, say MPs Committee says scheme similar to city of culture could raise profile of garden tourism A competition to crown the best UK cities for gardens could boost the economy through untapped tourist potential, MPs have suggested. Similar to the UK City of Culture initiative, such a scheme could raise the profile of garden tourism, according to a report by the digital, culture, media and sport committee.

Date: 31st July 2019

The Environmental Audit Select Committee has announced an Inquiry into Sustainable Tourism

The Environmental Audit Select Committee has announced that it is launching an inquiry into Sustainable Tourism and is seeking written evidence by 13th Sept.  

Date: 18th July 2019

Destination Prioritisation at Tourism Alliance AGM

Today (16 July) TMI representatives attended the AGM of the Tourism Alliance – known as ‘Tourism’s Voice’ – of which we are active members. There were two guest speakers, and in a mixed audience of representatives from all sectors of tourism what was apparent was their prioritisation of tourism structures and DMOs.

Date: 17th July 2019