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CONTENTS NEWS 4 TOP STORIES


UKinbound lobbies MPs about Brexit; Deirdre Wells departs; Eastern England woos Chinese; Lake District launches currency; Newcastle plans ‘Whey Eye’ wheel


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IHG adds 13 luxury hotels; See Corrie and Barry with Shearings; Jersey records 16% visitor boost; VisitEngland unveils ‘Welcoming Autistic People’ guide; Wales launches £9.5m ‘Castles Alive’ war chest; Jodrell Bank plans £20.5m visitor attraction


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10 FACE TO FACE 12COMMENT


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14 SOUTH OF ENGLAND & ISLE OF WIGHT 20HEART OF ENGLAND


24ON THE WATER


‘Dancing Jim’ is VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar – and an ambassador for holidays on the Isle of Wight, with top tips about visiting the island


Coventry will be the UK City of Culture in 2021, and it is already gearing up to showcase its many attractions


From the Mersey to the Norfolk Broads, and the Thames to Loch Ness, we look at holidays and trips on rivers and lakes


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A preview of the Future Global Opportunities for UK Tourism conference in Liverpool


Digital expert Katie King tells Samantha Mayling what Artificial Intelligence means for tourism


Visitor numbers to Liverpool have grown each year since it was the European Capital of Culture but the city must not stand still, says Chris Brown, director of Marketing Liverpool


cross the country, millions are being invested in visitor attractions which – it is hoped – will


boost profits while wowing the crowds. Announcements include £150 million from


Diageo, to transform its Scottish whisky visitor centres, while more than £100 million will be spent in Newcastle, including ‘The Whey Aye’ wheel. The Royal Horticultural Society is investing £160


million, allowing it “to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people”. Jodrell Bank has announced £20.5 million will be spent on its new gallery building, which will celebrate the observatory’s “world-leading place” in the history of astronomy. Birmingham will be boosted by a new £7 million


Legoland Discovery Centre and a £20 million Bear Grylls Adventure – hot on the heels of the Ice Age and Land of the Living Dinosaurs attractions at West Midland Safari Park, which cost £3.5 million. Public funding is important too, and the Welsh


government is spending £9.5 million to enhance Wales’s historic sites. There will more than £150 million jointly invested by the UK government and industry as part of a new ‘Sector Deal’ for Britain’s creative industries. Let’s hope that bodes well for the Tourism Sector Deal bid – and perhaps VisitBritain/Visit England will get more than £40 million spread over three years for the next Discover England fund. Every £1 invested in VisitBritain’s activities results in an overseas visitor spending more than £20 in Britain – so it might make sense to invest more. ◗ I will be discussing these and other topics at two important events this month: the Tourism Society’s Tourism Symposium (June 4-5) and Future Global Opportunities for UK Tourism conference (June 28), so I hope to see you there.


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