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A spectacular summer of medieval sport and events at Arundel Castle

This summer is an ideal time for groups to visit Arundel Castle in West Sussex as the historic landmark celebrates the 950th anniversary of its initial construction with a packed calendar...

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons launch new Raymond Blanc gardening school

Luxurious hotel and restaurant, and vision of Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons has launched The Raymond Blanc Gardening School, with courses beginning on 4 July 2017. Head...

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Chinese visits to Royal Museums Greenwich up 74%

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) has announced the results of its annual international visitor survey, which reveals a 74% increase year-on-year in Chinese visitors. The figures also show the Chinese taking a larger...

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Co-working space available at The London Helicopter

The London Helicopter will shortly have co-working desk space available to rent on the second floor of their bright offices in Battersea. Housed on the edge of London's only heliport, the POD...

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Visit Wales re-launches European language websites

Adding to its existing suite of websites, Visit Wales has recently re-launched three websites in French, Catalan, and Spanish. In addition, the website for the Netherlands is expected to go live...

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Warwick Castle springs to life with new 3D augmented reality app

Warwick Castle promises to bring history to life with the launch of a 3D augmented reality app The Kingmaker, tried and tested by the newly-appointed Mini History Team of children aged...

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GWR launches multi-lingual 'Days out from London' leaflets for overseas visitors

Great Western Railway is inspiring overseas visitors to make the most of their time in London by taking a day trip to see what else the UK has to offer. Inspired...

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Lake District Estate attractions get the double at global awards ceremony

Two award-winning Cumbrian visitor attractions - Ullwater 'Steamers' and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway are celebrating after receiving their latest accolades to add to their ever-growing collection. The popular heritage attractions have...

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Chief executive Deirdre Wells on industrial strategy working group

UKinbound chief executive Deirdre Wells is among a number of top industry representatives to sit on the tourism sector deal steering group and connectivity working group, which will inform the visitor...

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TfL holds consultation on introducing Ultra Low Emission Zone 17 months earlier than planned

Transport for London is consulting on a detailed statutory proposal for introducing the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on 8 April 2019, 17 months earlier than the original start...

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Visit and spend records broken with another bumper month for inbound tourism

The Office of National Statistics has published the provisional data from the April International Passenger Survey. The results show April has been another record breaking month for visits and spend, and...

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International Passenger Survey: full 2016 data released

The Office of National Statistics has published the full 2016 annual data from the International Passenger Survey. Global Overview 2016 has been a strong year for tourism globally. The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)...

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General Data Protection Regulation - what you need to know

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become law in the UK and other EU member states on 25 May 2018, replacing the current Data Protection Directive (DPA). Many of the...

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Hospitality executives petition for pro-tourism strategy

Amaris Hospitality, a major hotel investment and management company in the UK and Ireland, has published a report which calls on the next Government to increase the UK's competitive edge with...

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HOTREC calls for tourism friendly VAT policies across Europe following study

HOTREC, the umbrella Association representing 43 national hospitality Associations in 30 countries across Europe, has published a report on the effects of lowering VAT on accommodation and restaurant services to the...

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UKinbound responds to General Election results

UKinbound has called for a review of the new Government's approach to the upcoming Brexit negotiations after the General Election results, and urges the Conservatives and DUP to implement a strong...

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Domestic tourism growth slower than previously suggested, according to revised figures

Figures for the 2016 Great Britain Day Visits Survey (GBDVS), conducted by VisitBritain, have been revised to account for a data processing issue and an inflation effect derived from changes to...

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New coach park opens in Bristol

A new coach park has opened this week at Bristol Fruit Market, in the St. Philips area of the city. The new facility was developed in partnership between Destination Bristol and Bristol...

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New Members' Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome 4 new members who have joined us in May! We look forward to hearing all your exciting news and updates in the coming months, and hope...

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New afternoon tea venue for groups at Waddesdon Manor

Following the successful launch last year of the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel on the Waddesdon Estate as a new lunch venue for groups, the team at the...

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Hospitality Line launches brand new Cockney Cruise experience

Hospitality Line have launched a brand new Cockney Cruise experience, set against the backdrop of the world famous landmarks of London and includes a rip-roaring Pearly Kings and Queens show and...

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Hotels & More presents new dynamic online presence and logo

Hotels & More have unveiled a brand new website and dynamic logo, which aims to represent what the company does as well as underscoring their philosophy and representing over 20 years'...

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Torchlit Summer Evenings at the Roman Baths extended for 2017

The Roman Baths will stay open until 10pm every evening over the summer for a special season of Torchlit Summer Evenings (17 June - 31 August 2017). Due to popular demand...

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Scotland's Heritage announce 2017 Tour Operator of the Year awards

Scotland's Heritage, the partnership of 24 key Scottish tourism businesses representing over 800 of Scotland's visitor attractions announced their winners of 2017 - both also members of UKinbound - at a...

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City Cruises announces acquisition of York sightseeing fleet

City Cruises has announced a multi-million-pound deal following the acquisition of York River Boat Cruise Ltd. As a result, the fleet will become more widely available for travel agents and group...

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The Household Cavalry Museum appoints China Travel Outbound to handle Chinese marketing campaign

The Household Cavalry Museum has appointed specialist Chinese travel PR and marketing agency and fellow UKinbound member China Travel Outbound to help promote them to the Chinese market. Situated in Whitehall in...

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UK Parliament to mark first ever London History Day on 31 May

On Wednesday 31 May, the UK Parliament will take part in the first ever London History Day with a series of events on the theme'1,000 years of history...where history is still...

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Blenheim Palace wins GREAT China Welcome award VisitBritain

Blenheim Palace wins GREAT China Welcome award

Blenheim Palace has won national recognition for its positive approach to welcoming visitors from China. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oxfordshire was presented with the GREAT China Welcome award at VisitEngland's...

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Manchester welcomes new hop-on, hop-off city bus tour

Sightseeing Manchester: the hop-on hop-off city tour gives visitors a new, flexible way to discover Greater Manchester's top tourist attractions with tickets valid for 24 hours from time of purchase. The...

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UKinbound announces new management of UK stand at Arabian Travel Market

UKinbound are delighted to announce that we have agreed with Reed Exhibitions to take over the management of the UK stand at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) from 2018. A first for the...

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UKinbound launches manifesto for the tourism industry

Ahead of the general election, UKinbound have launched a manifesto for the tourism industry, which last year contributed over £22 billion to the UK economy and employs over 3 million people...

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UK remains 5th most competitive destination worldwide

The World Economic Forum has published its 2017 edition of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, featuring the latest iteration of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI). Published every two...

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New Members' Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome 3 new members who have joined us in April! We look forward to hearing all your exciting news and updates in the coming months, and hope...

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Las Iguanas launches new Cocktail Making Masterclass

Las Iguanas have launched their new Cocktail Making Masterclass, perfect for groups of 8 or more looking for a fun and interactive experience. With a drink on arrival, guests will learn...

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New appointments in the travel trade

Mercat Tours is delighted to announce the appointment of their first Sales Manager, Stephanie Smith. Stephanie has a great wealth of experience in the tourism industry, having undertaken sales roles from...

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Food festivals, Crimefest and Dinomania among top activities Bristol this May

Eating and drinking is high on Bristol's agenda in May with a number of food and drink events. Gin fans for example can sample new and exclusive gins at the Gin...

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Royal Observatory Greenwich shop now accepting Union Pay

Royal Museums Greenwich has announced that the Royal Observatory Greenwich shop now accepts Union Pay for its growing number of Chinese visitors. Union Pay is a highly-recognised brand in China and widely...

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Discover Britain's great stories at Westminster Abbey this summer

Westminster Abbey is one the world's greatest churches with a history stretching back over a thousand years. The Abbey is an architectural masterpiece, founded in 960 as a Benedictine monastery. St...

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Golden Tours introduces two new London bike tours

Golden Tours has expanded its tour offerings to include bike tours across London for the ultimate sightseeing adventure, taking in iconic landmarks and learning about the history of the capital. With...

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Thames River Services introduces new sightseeing vessel

Thames River Services have announced a new addition to their fleet with the introduction of the MV Thomas Doggett, which will be fully operational in May 2017, providing a major boost to London's...

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Government welcomes UKinbound's submission on Brexit negotations

UKinbound has received a positive response from Government to our letter last month that outlined key priorities for the UK travel and tourism industry ahead of the triggering of Article 50. Karen...

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Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge aims to inspire one million story ideas by 2020

Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge, which launched in March this year, aims to encourage children to believe in the power of small creative ideas that can become enormous worlds of pure...

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London Planner launches YouTube video to help tourists navigate the capital

London Planner - the official monthly guide to London published in association with London & Partners and VisitBritain - has launched a new YouTube channel featuring a series of 60 second...

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Ullswater 'Steamers'- 140-year-old lady inspires King Arthur app and awaits birthday celebrations

Groups heading to Ullswater in 2017 can enjoy a special cruise on one of the oldest working passenger vessels in the world. Ullswater 'Steamers' vessel, M. Y, Lady of the Lake, is celebrating...

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Business Barometer shows UKinbound members in favour of tourism sector deal

The latest Business Barometer survey has shown 78% of respondents agree that there should be a 'sector deal' for tourism as part of the Government's new industrial strategy. When asked to identify...

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UKinbound members invite local MP to visit their businesses on Tourism Constituency Day

As part of English Tourism Week, which ran from 25 March - 2 April, the Tourism Alliance organised another annual Tourism Constituency Day on Friday 31 March. We asked our members to...

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Hyatt Regency London partners with Green & Black's to launch London's only entirely chocolate afternoon tea

The Montagu at Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill debuts London's only entirely chocolate Afternoon Tea on the 14th April in partnership with iconic British chocolatiers, Green & Black's. The Montagu's...

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New Members' Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome 4 new members who have joined us in March! We look forward to hearing all your exciting news and updates in the coming months, and hope...

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New exhibition at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum celebrates 90 years of BBC broadcasting

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is proud to announce "On Air: Wimbledon and the BBC 1927-2017", a new exhibition in collaboration with the BBC, which celebrates the history of broadcasting at The...

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China Travel Outbound Brighton Chinese Students fam trip

First ever Chinese Student Society VIP Fam Trip arrives in Brighton & Hove

The inaugural VIP Fam Trip for senior members of the UK's Chinese Student Societies took place in Brighton and Hove at the weekend. The project, organised by specialist PR and Marketing agency, China...

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Adam Reeves joins Planet Hollywood and Earl of Sandwich Restaurants as sales manager

Adam Reeves has joined Tony Lincoln and his team as the Sales Manager for Planet Hollywood and Earl of Sandwich restaurants. Prior to his recent appointment, Adam's career in the UK...

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MBNA Thames Clippers to launch two new passenger boats this Summer

Two new 170 capacity passenger boats are currently being built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight and are due to join MBNA Thames Clippers this Summer. Representing an...

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Oxford set to become leading shopping and leisure destination with the opening of Westgate Oxford

Oxford, famed for its dreaming spires, cobbled streets and world-famous University, is set to become a leading shopping destination with the opening of Westgate Oxford in October this year. The former Westgate...

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UKinbound highlights Brexit priorities to Government ahead of triggering Article 50

Ahead of the Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Article 50 today, UKinbound has written to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, urging the Government to consider the...

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Muslim History Tours launches first sightseeing bus tour

Muslim History Tours, specialists in Halal tourism and Muslim history in the UK, have announced their first hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour exploring a lesser known history of London. Set to launch...

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Airlines UK publish report on impact of APD abolition on connectivity and passenger growth

Airlines UK, the trade body for UK registered airlines, has compiled a report on the impact on connectivity and passenger growth in other countries following the abolition of equivalent aviation taxes. Air...

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The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry returns to the UK for Westminster Hall exhibition

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, a unique international community artwork chronicling the impact of Scots throughout the world, has returned to the UK following a global tour which has seen its panels double...

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Museum of London

City Now City Future: Museum of London invites visitors to shape the future of their cities

City Now City Future is the Museum of London's first ever year-long season, exploring the challenges, initiatives and innovations taking place within our cities. From May 2017 to April 2018, a major programme of...

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International Passenger Survey: January 2017 figures shows strong start to the year

The Office for National Statistics has released the monthly inbound visitor statistics for January 2017. While January travel volume tends to be lower than the rest of the year, 2017 has...

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park launch new tours

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park launches new tours for groups

Five years on from the 2012 Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation has launched a new tour of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the groups travel market. With over 560 acres of Park...

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Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa celebrates 250 years

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath has unveiled the ultimate celebratory package to commemorate 250 years of the Royal Crescent, one of the world's finest examples of Georgian architecture. Designed by...

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VisitEngland quality assessment

VisitEngland appoints the AA to run National Quality Assessment Schemes

The VisitEngland accommodation assessment schemes have been successfully run under licence since 2012, with the existing licence ending in March 2017, prompting a review of the scheme's operation and assessment of...

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UKinbound responds to Westminster incident

We are shocked and saddened by the incident at Westminster on 22 March, and our thoughts are with the families of those who died and those injured in the attack. The Prime...

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Blenheim Palace hires apprentices national apprenticeship week

Blenheim Palace says "You're Hired" to apprentices

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week earlier in March, Blenheim Palace announced plans to train more than 100 apprentices over the next decade. Now in its 10th year, National Apprenticeship Week brought...

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Deal agreed to ease flight restrictions between UK and India

The UK and India have agreed to ease restrictions on a number of scheduled flights between the two countries. The deal, which aims to increase the range of flights for passengers while...

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UK Visas & Immigration changes Immigration Rules

On 16 March, the Home Office presented a package of changes to the Immigration Rules mainly affecting applications using Certificates of Sponsorship assigned by sponsors on or after 6 April 2017. Overseas...

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International Passenger Survey shows record December for overseas visits

A number of new monthly and yearly records have been set in December 2016, according to the latest International Passenger Survey data. Visits A new December record was set with 2.86 million...

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2017 Spring Budget - key tourism points

Chancellor supports UK tourism by offering relief on business rates, funding for improvements to the UK's road network and the introduction of new technical qualifications. However, many tourism businesses will be...

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Google partners with UKinbound, the BHA and NCTA to launch bespoke digital skills programme to boost British seaside tourism

Google has partnered with UKinbound, the British Hospitality Association, and National Coastal Tourism Academy to boost visitor numbers on British coasts this summer. The new digital skills training programme, announced today as...

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New Members' Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome 4 new members who have joined us in February! We look forward to hearing all your exciting news and updates in the coming months, and hope...

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RAU is now open for residential groups during Spring holidays

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has announced that from 2018, the University's 300 en-suite rooms will now be available to book during the Spring holiday. Currently the rooms will be available in...

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AC Group and Asia World Enterprise join forces to announce a new partnership

AC Group and Asia World Enterprise have agreed a unique partnership which will see them combine resources in London and Bangkok to drive new and additional sales to both DMCs. The...

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Arsenal Stadium Tours receive Gold Accolade from VisitEngland

Arsenal Stadium Tours have been awarded the Gold Accolade by the VisitEngland visitor attraction scheme for 2016. The Gold Accolade recognises those attractions that deliver the highest standards of experience for their visitors and...

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bristol spring hotel refurbishment grand hotel

Newly refurbished hotels and flight routes to launch in Bristol

It's time to start shaking off those winter blues and what better way for hotels to do this than unveiling a new look? The once very traditional Grand Hotel in Bristol's Old City...

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UKinbound celebrates 40th anniversary at Annual Convention in Plymouth

UKinbound celebrated its 40th anniversary at the biggest Annual Convention to date, with 250 delegates making their way down to Britain's 'Ocean City' for the annual 3-day event, organised in partnership...

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Bumper programme from Diversified UK for group tourism in March

2017 looks set to be a big year for group tourism, with the month of March in particular set to be a launchpad for a season of excitement, evolution and appreciation. Kicking off with...

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New exhibitions examining humanity to open at Salisbury Cathedral this Spring

A series of new exhibitions will open at Salisbury Cathedral this Spring, featuring installations by three female artists that examine human nature. Do I Know You? A new perspective on homelessness by...

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Bateaux Windsor to launch in Berkshire

Diners will soon be able to enjoy spectacular views of one of the UK's oldest and prettiest towns with the launch of a new floating restaurant. Bateaux London, the leading provider...

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Buckingham Palace summer opening dates extended

Dates extended for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Royal Collection Trust is pleased to announce that the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace has been extended by three weeks. The Palace will now be open to visitors from Saturday 22...

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AccorHotels annual awards gala dinner leisure workshop

Resounding success for AccorHotels' 8th Annual Leisure Workshop & Gala Dinner Awards

The 8th Annual AccorHotels' Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony and Leisure workshop took place on 2-3 February at the brand new Main Stand of the Liverpool FC stadium in Anfield, Liverpool. This year the...

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Step into the Forbidden Forest at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter will unveil an exciting, permanent expansion dedicated to the Forbidden Forest on 31 March. The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students,...

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Experience Oxfordshire Conferencing welcomes 3 new partners

Experience Oxfordshire Conferencing, the conference bureau for the county, has welcomed three new Partners: fellow UKinbound member Jurys Inn, Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, and the Mogford Group. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, vision of...

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Inbound CEOs voice Brexit fears

CEOs from a cross selection of UKinbound Members took part in a roundtable debate during our Annual Convention in Plymouth in February. Chaired by Graham McKenzie, Editor of Travelmole and also attended...

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Deirdre Wells to give evidence at second CMS Select Committee session on the impact of Brexit

Update 24 February: the transcript of the evidence session on the impact of Brexit is available to read here. Chief Executive Deirdre Wells is among those called to give evidence at the...

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UKinbound announces Cardiff to host 2018 Annual Convention

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Annual Convention will take place in Wales from 7 - 9 February, 2018. Following the success of our 40th Anniversary Annual Convention in Plymouth...

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New Members' Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome 11 new members who have joined us in the last 6 weeks! We look forward to hearing all your exciting news and updates in the coming...

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Handel & Hendrix celebrate a year of the Hendrix Flat

Handel & Hendrix in London are celebrating the 1st anniversary of the Hendrix Flat opening to the public with a special evening on Friday February 10. Since opening in February 2016, more...

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Wake up with Bubba! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. now serving breakfast

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., situated in Central London between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square is now serving breakfast and welcoming group bookings. Groups can enjoy a Full English, or if they dare,...

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Angela Shanley Associates restructure and expand across UK and Europe

The Angela Shanley Associates Ltd group of companies continues to restructure as part of an ongoing development programme allowing for further growth across its respective UK and European operations. The recent...

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New year new route, ticket box and visitor centre for Golden Tours

New Route Golden Tours has launched a brand new coach service from King's Cross St. Pancras, bringing passengers directly to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. Running...

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International Passenger Survey: October 2016

The Office for National Statistics have released the latest IPS results covering October 2016. Visits After several months of growth, October saw a decline in number of visits to 3.28 million, down 5%...

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Chester Zoo sets new record for visitor numbers in 2016

Chester Zoo, the UK's most visited paid-for attraction outside London, received an impressive 1.89 million visitors in 2016 - 12% higher than in 2015. These are the highest visitor numbers in...

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UKinbound responds to Prime Minister's Brexit speech

Following Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Tuesday setting out her strategy for the forthcoming EU negotiations, UKinbound has responded to the Prime Minister's Brexit strategy and outlined our key concerns...

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Great Britain Day Visits Survey shows 2016 a boom year for day visits

The latest Great Britain Day Visits figures, covering the 2016 year to November, has shown 2016 to be a boom year for tourism day visitors. Compared to the previous year, the volume...

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Europe Incoming unveils a new look and introduces FITBOOKINGS.COM

Europe Incoming, an inbound tour operator and provider of hotels and ground services to the travel trade has unveiled a new logo and website. Executive Director, Dylan Lall said, "We also...

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Hatters Hostels unveil major refurbishment of Hilton Chambers in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Founded in Manchester in 2003, Hatters Hostels has provided a base for the budget-conscious traveller to come and explore the independent hubs and haunts of Manchester's Northern Quarter for the past...

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UK national brand index

The UK retains third place in 2016 Nations Brand Index top nations ranking

The UK has taken 3rd place for the 5th year running in the overall ranking of the GfK Anholt Nations Brand Index (NBI) - an annual study among 20,000 consumers in...

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Royal Museums Greenwich appoints China Travel Outbound to deliver Chinese promotional campaign

Following a competitive pitch, Royal Museums Greenwich has appointed specialist Chinese travel PR and representation agency and fellow UKinbound member China Travel Outbound to deliver its first ever promotional programme in China. Chinese tourists already account...

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Making a success of Brexit: CBI publishes report following business community consultation

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which represents over 190,000 businesses of all sizes across all regions of the UK, has published a report following a wide-ranging consultation with companies and...

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