Month: January 2017

Sterling decline sees rise in North American visitors to the UK

A study by STR and Tourism Economics indicates that the United Kingdom’s tourism and hospitality sectors have benefited from an increase in arrivals from North America, brought on by the devaluation of the British pound following the June EU Referendum. According to the International Passenger Survey (IPS) conducted by the Office for National Statistics, U.K. arrivals from North America were up 6.8% between July and October 2016 when compared with the same period in 2015. From January to June, the “pre-Brexit” vote period, arrivals from North America increased at a more modest rate (+0.5%) compared with first six months...

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Birmingham hoteliers celebrate bumper 2016

Birmingham’s hotel sector has seen its most successful year in history, with occupancy rates for 2016 peaking at 99% capacity and averaging at 75% – both, the highest on record. Birmingham The figures released today by Marketing Birmingham’s Regional Observatory, are backed by further evidence of unprecedented growth in the region’s visitor economy. The data reveals both the proportion of international visitors and overnight visitors to the city have doubled in the last three years, bolstering Birmingham’s standing as a global tourist destination. Overnight guests now account for 45% of all visitors, compared to 21% in 2013. Whilst the...

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Falling value of pound boosts North American visitors to UK

A study by STR and Tourism Economics indicates that the United Kingdom’s tourism and hospitality sectors have benefited from an increase in arrivals from North America, brought on by the devaluation of the British pound following the June EU Referendum. According to the International Passenger Survey conducted by the UK Office for National Statistics, arrivals from North America were up 6.8 per cent between July and October 2016 when compared with the same period in 2015. From January to June, the “pre-Brexit” vote period, arrivals from North America increased at a more modest rate of 0/5 per cent compared...

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Virgin Atlantic becomes first UK airline of offer TSA Precheck

Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK airline to participate in the USA’s transportation security administration’s TSA Precheck system. Virgin Atlantic customers enrolled in TSA Precheck can skip the slower security queues and enjoy a faster, easier security screening process when departing from US airports. The average customer with TSA Precheck spends less than five minutes when travelling through US airports such as JFK. With TSA Precheck, there’s no need to remove shoes, light jackets, or belts. Laptops and compliant liquids can also remain in hand luggage, making the trip through security at the airport a breeze. The new...

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Launched: The world’s most luxurious gap-year journey

  A UK-based cruise company has launched the world’s most luxurious gap year package, giving students the chance to swap back-packs and hostels for ultimate comfort. The holiday is a round-the-world cruise specifically tailored to wanderlust students and takes in all the staple back-packing destinations, including Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Designed by UK cruise specialists, Bolsover Cruise Club, to offer an alternative to the stereotypical “year-out” spent living in shared hostel rooms, the 15-country, 60,000 miles, voyage represents the ultimate in student travel. For this, travellers will be offered the usual gap-year opportunities to find oneself, have...

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