Posts Tagged ‘Tourism’

NEWS: Four Towns and Cities Shortlisted to Host Great Exhibition of the North

Friday, July 29th, 2016


After much deliberation, the four shortlisted towns and cities who will battle it out to host the the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 have been named as Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield.

Strong bids were also submitted by teams in Halifax, Harrogate, Scunthorpe, St Helens and Whitehaven.  Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, explained:

“The Great Exhibition of the North is a unique opportunity to celebrate the creativity of Northern England and I am thrilled we received so many innovative bids.”

After the final four venues are assessed by the Great Exhibition board, the final venue will be chosen by Ministers and announced this autumn.

The exhibition will run for at least two months, showcasing the great creative, cultural and design sectors across the whole of the North with a view to helping boost investment and tourism in the region.  The Government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition and a further £15 million to a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the North.

To read the full press release published on Gov.UK, Click Here.  

NEWS: New Government Plan to Drive Tourists Beyond London

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Government will boost tourism across the UK through new five point plan

The Prime Minister today announced the government’s new Five Point Plan (PDF, 8.26MB, 9 pages) to boost tourism right across the UK – spreading the benefits of one of our fastest growing sectors beyond the capital, helping to create jobs and rebalance the economy.

A new inter-ministerial group will be formed to co-ordinate and align action across government to ensure that we have the right infrastructure in place to make it easy for visitors to discover the best of what this country has to offer.

The group, headed by the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, and including ministers from across government, including the Department for Communities and Local Government, BIS, DEFRA, Home Office, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will focus on five key areas:

  • A better co-ordinated sector: the sector is too fragmented – we want to see local attractions and tourism organisations collaborating to grow the sector for everyone not competing.
  • Skills and jobs: Driving and retaining talent in the sector to encourage growth
  • Common sense regulation: Reforming regulation sensibly to drive competition and improve the tourism offer for visitors
  • Transport: Forging innovative links between the transport and tourism sectors to help visitors travel outside of the capital
  • An improved welcome: Delivering a world class welcome at the Border

You can read more about the plan by clicking here.