Great Britain Tourism Survey, January to December 2017

Great Britain Tourism Survey, January to December 2017

Introduction This report provides provisional results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey for the full 2017 year and is an update of the results published in the last quarterly report for the period January to September 2017. In future, we will be publishing the results from Great Britain Tourism Survey alongside the results from other tourism surveys in a new combined quarterly tourism statistics report. This will be a more comprehensive report that combines the latest quarterly statistics from all of the main tourism surveys and aims to provide better context for the results from the individual surveys on the performance of the tourism industry. The first combined report will […]

A Tourism Tax For Wales?

A Tourism Tax For Wales?

The UK tourism industry has one of the world’s highest tax burdens. Most European countries have significantly reduced VAT on their tourism industries to encourage growth, employment and revenue. The imposition of higher taxes has been shown to inhibit growth, employment, revenue and holiday-taking. Tourism outperforms all Welsh Government (WG) priority sectors and is the country’s second largest employer. A proposed tourism tax will damage its economic performance, brand and prospects. It will also increase social exclusion, undermine policies to create a more healthy and active Wales, limit opportunities for economic growth in Welsh-speaking heartlands and disproportionately impact those least able to afford to take a holiday. Click on image […]

Regional investment in Wales after brexit

Regional investment in Wales after brexit

Introduction In the White Paper Securing Wales’ Future (January 2017), the Welsh Government sets out six priorities for the UK’s future, outside of the EU. One of those priorities is the importance of continued devolved funding and regional investment of at least the level Wales currently receives from the EU. This new policy document develops our thinking on the future of regional investment policy in Wales. We agree with the National Assembly’s External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, in their inquiry into the future of regional policy, that our challenges must be approached with creativity and ambition, and that the Welsh Government is best placed to lead that work. Click […]

Prosperity for All economic action plan

Prosperity for All economic action plan

Introduction In pursuing prosperity for all, we intend building an economy on strong foundations, to supercharge our industries of the future and empower all our regions to become more productive. And we wish to see growth with a purpose – inclusive growth – so that as our wealth and well-being improve, inequalities across our country narrow. Wales is home to some of the most innovative, dynamic and exciting economic activity anywhere in the world from the world-class centres of aerospace engineering and nuclear energy in the north; cutting-edge metallics innovation, marine technology and automotive production in the south; to award- winning food producers in rural Wales. Our economy is a […]

Final Mile, best practice guidelines

Introduction Encouraging more overseas visitors to explore Britain is a top priority; it spreads the economic benefit across nations and regions beyond London, and supports growth, job creation and retention. The recent government Tourism Action Plan (launched in August 2016) supports this ambition and identifies rail as a key enabler to persuade overseas visitors to travel beyond London. Click image to download

Tourism Action Plan

Tourism Action Plan

Introduction Tourism is vitally important to the UK. The industry provides 1.6 million jobs across the country. In 2015, we saw the greatest number of overseas visits to the UK on record, bringing £22.1 billion into our economy. Domestic overnight spend also hit a record high of £19.6 billion in England. In short, the sector goes from strength to strength. But many overseas visitors never venture beyond London, so over 50% of their spending is in the capital. While we want tourist numbers to remain high, we also want the benefits of growth to be felt across the whole of the UK. This is a beautiful country, offering so much to […]

The Tourism Landscape

The Tourism Landscape

The Tourism Landscape: Department for Culture, Media and Sport Introduction The overall success of the tourism industry is contingent on its ability to work together to promote what it has to offer. However, as the sector is diverse, fragmented and competitive, businesses are often reluctant to invest significant time in collaborative endeavours. This is why Government support is needed. This document is aimed at everyone who wants to understand the roles and responsibilities of different government groups and bodies in improving the co-ordination of tourism offers and their promotion. If you have a query relating to the tourism agenda, it will help you to understand who you are best to contact in […]