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BHA encourages UK to ‘take advantage’ of record tourist figures

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has responded to figures which showed June saw record numbers of overseas visits to the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were a record 3.5 million inbound visits to the UK, up 7% compared with the same period last year. Overseas visitors also spent £2.2bn in June, up 2% compared. It is thought that the weaker pound has contributed to the record number of visits. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of BHA suggested that the UK should “take advantage” of the increase in visitor numbers while taking the opportunity to “tap into


June sees record number of overseas visits to the UK

June saw a record number of overseas visits to the UK, official statistics from VisitBritain show. There were 3.5 million visits to the UK in June, up 7% on the same month last year. Overseas visitors spent £2.2 billion in June, up 2% compared to the same month last year. There was strong growth from North America in June with 650,000 visits, up 35% on the same month last year. It brings the overall number of overseas visits to the UK for January to June this year to a record-breaking 19.1 million and up 9% compared to the same period


Museums and galleries tax relief set to boost Scotland’s local tourism

The announcement that UK government is to introduce a Finance Bill after the summer recess will be good news for tourism across Scotland, according to sector specialists at Scottish accountancy firm Henderson Loggie. The Bill will include a new tax relief for charitable incorporated museums and galleries that develop new exhibitions, including those taken on tour. Companies under the control of local authorities will also be included. The new tax relief was originally due to be introduced in the 2017 Finance Act but legislation was delayed due to the general election. Relief at 20% for non-touring exhibitions and 25% for


Seaside towns help boost UK hotel investment

Hotels located at British seasides are attracting increased investment as the weakened pound continues to stimulate growth in ‘staycations’. Figures from Property Frontiers have shown the devaluing currency, the rise in ‘staycations’ and the record number of inbound visits have incentivised investors to put more money into UK properties. UK seaside towns are proving more popular according to VisitBritain figures, as Scarborough enjoyed a 4.56% rise in tourism in 2016 and a 15.52% rise in total visitor expenditure. Additionally, Woolacombe in North Devon was voted Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor for 2015 and 2016. The Harland Hotel, which sits on


ABTA issues statement on updated FCO travel advice for Tunisia

ABTA has issued a statement regarding the change to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for Tunisia. The FCO stated that there was a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation” and while there are still flights departing from the UK to Tunisia, the body had previously advised against travelling to certain areas. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: the Chaambi Mountains National Park and the designated military operations zones of Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma and Mount Mghila the militarised zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba within 20km of the


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