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UK hotels enjoy ‘encouraging’ growth from domestic ‘staycationers’

The latest data from the Expedia group has revealed UK hoteliers enjoyed ‘encouraging’ growth this summer helped by a significant rise in hotel demand from domestic travellers choosing to take a staycation. The findings drawn from Q3 2017 data covering July, August and September, show that demand for trips made by domestic travellers increased by just over 20% when compared to the same period last year, with several UK holiday regions and cities seeing strong year-on-year growth. International and domestic demand for the counties of Kent, Surrey, Essex and Yorkshire, alongside the popular tourism destinations of the Cotswolds and the


H1 visitor spend exceeds £10bn for the first time

There was strong growth in overseas visits and spend to the UK’s nations and regions in the first six months of 2017, figures released by VisitBritain show. There were a record 19.2 million visits to the UK in the first half of 2017, up 9% compared to the start of 2016. Inbound visitors spent £10.8bn between January and June 2017, up 14% on the same time last year. This is a new record and the first time inbound visitor spending has been more than £10bn in the first half of any year. The UK regions that saw the highest levels


UK sees record number of tourists in 2017

The UK saw a record number of inbound visitors in this year, with figures up 8% compared to 2016. The figures, announced today (10 October) at VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s 2016-17 annual review, showed that from January to July this year there were 23.1 million overseas visits to the UK, with visitors spending £, up 9%. This means for every pound invested in the tourism agency £20 of additional visitor spend was generated for the economy. VisitBritain is forecasting that overseas visits to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million in 2017 with spending up 14% to £25.7bn by the end of


The Grand commits to being ‘most China-friendly hotel’ in north England

To conclude China Golden Week and coincide with the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October, The Grand announced its commitment to becoming the ‘most China-friendly hotel in the north of England’. The Grand Hotel and Spa – Yorkshire’s only AA-rated five-star hotel – has implemented a series of initiatives in order to achieve its goal, including: Employing a Mandarin-speaking member of staff, and putting six employees per year through Mandarin language lessons Cultural awareness training for hotel staff Creation of Chinese social media presence, across WeChat and Sina Weibo, and a Chinese language website Provision


Golden Week: UKinbound urges government to extend Chinese visa

Amidst China’s Golden Week holiday which started 1 October, UKinbound has urged the government to make its two-year reduced cost multi-entry Chinese visa pilot a permanent scheme. The scheme is due to end in January 2018 and UKinbound has surveyed its tour operator members to find out what impact the visa pilot has had on their businesses to date. Some 96% of respondents to the survey were aware of the visa pilot and 85% stated that bookings from China have increased since it was introduced. In 2016, the number of visitor visas issued in China to the UK increased by


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