Tourism Society

Independent Review of Destination Management Organisations published

In March 2021, the government announced an independent review to assess how Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) across England are funded and structured, and how they perform their roles, in order to establish whether there may be a more efficient and effective model for supporting English tourism...

Is Covid making a summer break something only the rich can afford? Report in the Guardian

Rocketing prices at home, and costly tests if you leave the UK, mean many who need a break simply cannot afford it  Next week, Sally Neuman is going on holiday. But instead of jetting off to a Mediterranean beach or heading to an idyllic cottage in...

Dame Judith Macgregor, the first female chair of the British Tourist Authority

Dame Judith Macgregor has been appointed as interim chair of the British Tourist Authority with immediate effect. The interim role will run until the end of April 2022 or when a permanent BTA Chair is appointed.  She has been a member of the BTA Board since...

Simplification of the traffic light system for travel

France is moving from amber-plus to amber, meaning fully vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will no longer need to quarantine. India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are being moved from the red list to the amber list. Seven nations...

62% plan to take main holiday in the UK – latest Sykes Staycation Index 2021

Britain is bracing for a boom in summer staycations. After an undoubtedly difficult year, the UK’s staycation market has come back fighting – ready to welcome record numbers of British holidaymakers this summer. According to Sykes Cottages latest study, almost four in five of us plan...

IPS Inbound visitor statistics for 2021 Q1 (January – March)

The travel and tourism statistics published by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are based on the results of the International Passenger Survey (IPS), but the running of the survey has been impacted because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During Q1 2021 (January to March 2021),...

Travel Technology in the next decade. Board member, Shaon Talukder, reports on the Joshua Ryan-Saha event in June

"Technology in this decade doesn’t need to look like the technology of the last. We can create a bottom-up movement, creating travel technology that supports local and collective prosperity.” The future of travel technology will unlikely look like the last decade. The UK has become a...

Tomorrow’s Tourism; More Domestic Less International – Nigel Adams, MTS, looks to the future of tourism in the latest Journal

The last fifty years has seen the consistent growth of international tourism aided by cheaper air travel, package tours and recently the ability for the consumer to put their own online holiday packages together. The next thirty years may see the decline in international tourism and...

Time to get on the front foot before it’s too late – Board Member, John Speers, reports on the session with Eva Stewart of YouGov

This week as part of the Tourism Society’s Big Thinkers Big Themes series we had the pleasure of hosting Eva Stewart, YouGov Head of Travel & Tourism, sharing brand new data following last Friday’s government announcement. YouGov have at their fingertips a continuous real-time stream from...

What matters most to Family Travellers now – report on Big Themes Series by Board member, John Speers

This week as part of the Tourism Society’s Big Thinkers Big Themes series we heard from Andrew Dent, Katie Bowman and Ed Grenby – the new highly awarded editorial team at Family Traveller Magazine as it sets to relaunch across UK, Germany and US. With 7...