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Nigel Huddleston MP named as fifth Tourism Minister since 2017

Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire since 2015, said he was "delighted" to join the DCMS as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage. He said: "Can't wait to get started in this fantastic, busy department that has such a positive impact on so many people's lives." As well as the sport, tourism and heritage brief Huddleston will continue as a government whip for DCMS.

Date: 18th February 2020

Another year another new Culture Secretary

As expected, we have a new Culture Secretary, following Nicky Morgan's stint at chair warming since the General Election, and her elevation to the House of Lords.  Oliver Dowden CBE MP has been appointed Culture Secretary.  He is one of the well-regarded and high-flying intake from 2015 (MP for Hertsmere), having been appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office in 2018 before being promoted to Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in July 2019 when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.

Date: 13th February 2020


As of Thursday 30 January 2020, based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public in the UK from low to ‘moderate’. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals in the UK has not changed at this stage. Public Health England has confirmed that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and the NHS is using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. Read the statement here -https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cmo-confirms-cases-of-coronavirus-in-england The TMI will keep you updated with the latest news.  Please follow us on Twitter    You can also find us on Facebook

Date: 1st February 2020

Overseas travel and tourism: October 2019 provisional results

Overseas travel and tourism: October 2019 provisional results published by the ONS Visits to the UK by overseas residents, visits abroad by UK residents and spending by travellers, using provisional passenger traffic data.

Date: 30th January 2020

MAC report on the Points based Immigration System (Migration Advisory Committee)

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)  has recommended a two-pronged approach combining the Australian-style points system so beloved of Brexiters alongside a salary threshold. However the MAC argued that the type of jobs included under the salary threshold should be broadened out to include medium skilled alongside highly skilled, bringing the overall average down £4,400 to £25,600.   The following are some key points that have been put together by Alex  Brown at DCMS. She is keen to know your views on the report so that advice can be developed for the Tourism Minister. You can email her on alexandra.brown@culture.gov.uk

Date: 30th January 2020

New Visit Britain Strategy

TMI Board Members were present at the launch of the new Visit Britain/Visit England strategy this week; we look forward to seeing more details emerge as the new government gets it feet under the table and the new budget and CSR are put into place over the coming months.   The new strategy has the key goal of attracting 49m overseas visitors and generating £35bn in revenue by 2025.  Unfortunately there is no corresponding target for Domestic Tourism as the ambition to increase domestic tourism is predicated on being allocated funding for domestic marketing through the upcoming CSR process.

Date: 24th January 2020