Press Releases

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27

Mar

Northern Futures are looking bright

VisitEngland has welcomed confirmation of £10million of new funding to grow the number of international visitors travelling to the north of England, as part of the Government’s Northern Futures initiative.
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27

Mar

England’s bid for World Expo

VisitEngland has today welcomed the Government’s new Business Events Strategy.
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20

Mar

VisitEngland reveals chef shortage figures as part of drive to attract young people to the industry during English Tourism Week

VisitEngland today announces new figures highlighting the shortage of skilled chefs across the country. Nearly half, (47 per cent) of vacancies for chefs proved difficult to fill due to a lack of skilled applicants. Chefs made up a fifth (21 per cent) of all skill shortage vacancies for skilled trades,* suggesting that businesses are struggling to recruit the skilled chefs they need.
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19

Mar

VisitEngland response to 2015 Budget

Response from VisitEngland Chief Executive, James Berresford, to the 2015 Budget.
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18

Mar

VisitEngland launches industry wide consultation on growth strategy for England’s Tourism Industry

17 March 2015 At an event at the start of English Tourism Week yesterday, VisitEngland launched an industry wide consultation on the future growth strategy for the tourism industry in England
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16

Mar

VisitEngland reveals winner of Tourism Superstar 2015!

As English Tourism Week gets underway VisitEngland is delighted to announce that Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham has come top of a public vote to become England’s Tourism Superstar 2015.
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13

Mar

Joanna Lumley launches English Tourism Week at Garden Bridge site

Joanna Lumley and VisitEngland’s Chairman Lady Cobham CBE welcome English Tourism Week 2015 (14 – 22 March) at site of the Garden Bridge.
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12

Mar

VisitEngland to become stand-alone body for English tourism and focus on supporting new tourism experiences

VisitEngland will formally separate from VisitBritain and VisitEngland, creating a truly independent body for England which puts the UK’s biggest tourism market on a par with other UK nations.
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09

Mar

Unlocking the Purple Pound: VisitEngland event to provide tips for businesses on Accessible Tourism

Unlocking the Purple Pound, a conference giving businesses advice on providing access for all is to take place Wednesday 18th March during English Tourism Week, (14 – 22 March). Offering practical tips to businesses on making improvements to their accessibility, the event will also emphasise the value that becoming accessible for all can bring to the tourist industry.
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09

Mar

England’s Motorway Services show star quality

Top 5* star ratings have been awarded to seven Motorway Service Stations from across the country as part of VisitEngland’s Motorway Service Area Quality Scheme.
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02

Mar

A GREAT success: Wallace & Gromit take a break as Shaun the Sheep takes centre stage in Holidays at Home are GREAT campaign

Latest results reveal that the 2014 Holidays at Home are GREAT campaign, starring Aardman’s iconic animated characters Wallace & Gromit, generated £138 million in additional tourism spend in 2014 - exceeding the campaign’s £80 million target.
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17

Feb

England’s attractions celebrated with VisitEngland’s Accolades

A number of attractions in England have received VisitEngland accolades in recognition of their quality visitor experience on offer. The accolades, introduced by VisitEngland for the first time in October 2014, recognise outstanding attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors.
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26

Jan

Press Statement regarding the Coastal Communities Fund

Statement from James Berresford, CEO, VisitEngland, in response to the announcement that Coastal Community Funding worth £36 million is being released to help coastal destinations boost tourism across the country.
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26

Jan

Press Statement on the Broads National Park

Statement from James Berresford, CEO, VisitEngland, in response to the announcement that the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads authority members have voted to rebrand as the Broads National Park.
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24

Jan

One week to go until you can vote for England’s Tourism Superstar 2015

There is one week to go until the public can decide the winner of Tourism Superstar 2015, run by national tourist board VisitEngland and supported by the Daily Mirror. Following the announcement of the ten shortlisted candidates in January, an online public vote will be launched on the Mirror online on Saturday 31st January.
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23

Jan

Press Statement regarding regional airports funding bid

Statement from James Berresford, CEO, VisitEngland, responding to yesterday’s Government announcement that regional airports can now bid for up to £56 million funding for new routes over next three years.
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22

Jan

Tourism sector reports strong Christmas period

The results of a VisitEngland Tourism Business Monitor survey published today reveal that the tourism sector had a strong Christmas trading period, with increased bookings for people visiting relatives and more short trips taken over the festive period compared to last year.
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15

Jan

VisitEngland teams up with Shaun the Sheep to promote holidays at home this year

VisitEngland today announced a new £4m campaign starring BAFTA winning Shaun the Sheep, designed to inspire Britons to take a holiday at home this year. Following his movie debut this Spring, the loveable character will appear in a TV advertisement later this year encouraging consumers to book a holiday through their local travel agent.
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12

Jan

Tourism to be among decade’s biggest drivers of economic growth

Over a half a million new jobs will be created in tourism over the next decade according to VisitEngland.   A bumper 2015 will kick start this decade of growth with an exceptionally high number of anniversaries and events happening this year.
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09

Jan

VisitEngland kicks off the year of Rugby World Cup 2015 with ‘Discover Your England’ Campaign

VisitEngland today launches ‘Discover Your England’, a TV campaign aimed at raising the profile of English destinations in the year of Rugby World Cup 2015.
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03

Jan

VisitEngland announces Tourism Superstar 2015 shortlist

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the shortlist for Tourism Superstar 2015.