w Lowcost boss Paul Evans now runs Scottish hotel

The former boss of collapsed Lowcost Holidays is reported to be running a country house hotel in the Scottish borders. Paul Evans acquired Torrs

Warren in Dumfries and Galloway, less than two years after the travel business collapsed with debts

of £25 million, according to the Scottish Sun. The failure of Lowcost Holidays

in July 2016 affected 137,000 customers — 27,000 who were travelling at the time and 110,000 due to go on holiday.

w VisitEngland unveils ‘Welcoming Autistic People’ web guide

VisitEngland has teamed with the National Autistic Society and England’s Inclusive Tourism Action Group to launch a web-based guide for tourism businesses welcoming autistic people. Called Welcoming Autistic

People, the guide will help tourism operators to increase business by better understanding autism and making appropriate


Visit Corrie and watch Barry with new Shearings Holidays

Shearings Holidays has unveiled

new packages for fans of Coronation Street – and Barry Manilow aficionados. Continuum Attractions will

run tours of the soap opera’s studios in MediaCityUK, Salford, on selected dates until November, and the Shearings packages include

accommodation, coach travel and a visit to the city of Manchester as well as the studio tour. Shearings has also launched

a five-day tour in the Midlands for Barry Manilow fans who want to watch him in concert at Birmingham Arena on

September 4.

Jodrell Bank plans £20.5m ‘First Light’ project

Jodrell Bank plans to build a visitor centre, which aims to promote and celebrate the observatory’s “world-leading place” in the history of astronomy. The ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’

w Trade support helps Jersey record 16% visitor boost

The number of holidaymakers visiting Jersey rose to more than 413,000 in 2017, up 16% year- on-year and the highest number since 2001. Visit Jersey said 52% were first-time visitors, “demonstrating the huge business potential for agents selling domestic breaks”. The tourist board said the

increase was “largely due to the success of a new destination brand initiative – #theislandbreak – and support from our travel industry


project will cost £20.5 million – with £12.1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and

£4 million from the government. The new facilities will house an exhibition space – incorporating the original fabric of the 1957 dish of its telescope. Part of The University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank

Observatory was founded in 1945.

Wales unveils £9.5m ‘Castles Alive’ war chest

The Welsh government has announced “ambitious” plans to turn Caerphilly Castle into “a top-class tourism attraction”. There will be an initial £570,000 investment at Caerphilly, and a total of £9.5 million will be spent over three years to enhance the visitor experience at Wales’s historic sites. The plans are part of the ‘Castles Alive’ campaign

w IHG adds 13 luxury properties in the UK

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) claims it will become the largest luxury hotel operator in the UK, following a deal with French company Foncière des Régions (FDR). It follows the £858 million acquisition of the Principal hotel group by FDR from the US-based Starwood Capital Group. The agreement will see IHG

rebrand and operate 12 upmarket hotels and one property in the pipeline. The hotels currently operate under the Principal Hotels and

De Vere Hotels brands.

w Super Break merges UK and London brochures

Super Break has combined its UK and London programmes, with the launch of its 148-page ‘UK & London Short Breaks’ brochure. Previously two standalone

versions, the decision to merge them followed a survey of travel agents.

Gary Gillespie, national sales manager, said: “We asked agents what they wanted and the feedback was very much that one amalgamated brochure would be better. It will allow more racking space in stores and more cross-

selling opportunities.”

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launched by Cadw, the Welsh government’s historic environment service.

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