Growing up in the Rhondda during the 1980s and ‘90s the thought of enticing tourists to the top end of the valley would be met with bemusement and the question ‘why would they want to come up here?’ It's a question which I’m sure still stands for some, but for me - and probably a lot of other proud valley-folk all across the ragged terrain and undulating hills - why the hell shouldn’t our patch, our uniquely rough, challenging and exciting patch, be an adventure playground for those who have adrenaline rushes at the thought of ziplining sky high? The news that Zip World - the phenomenally successful attraction that has turned the former North Wales slate mine area into a profitable tourist attraction - has put in plans for a location at the tip of the Cynon Valley , put a massive smile on my face. Not only has Zip World managed to turn a neglected site of heavy industry into a tourist goldmine, it has injected £251m into the Welsh economy and, on a … [Read more...] about Why the Valleys is the perfect place to become Wales’ adventure playground
Why tourism industry is important
The Pride of Manchester Awards will shine a spotlight on the world’s greatest region. From our amazing people to our beautiful buildings and unrivalled culture, we have lots to shout about. Here are our 50 reasons we love Greater Manchester... 1) The people Nothing says more about a place than the people who live in it and, by and large, we're a fiercely proud, funny and friendly bunch. Whether you're from Wigan, Didsbury, or Salford – one thing we all have in common is community spirit and a great sense of humour. Oh and we love to talk too, whether it's on the bus, the train or on the street, you'll never have to go far for a conversation. Above all, we know how to pull together in tough times. Nowhere was our spirit better exemplified than in the outpouring of support following the devastating attack on Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 - and now, our community is stronger than ever. 2) The dialect The Greater Manchester dialect is a weird and wonderful thing - and most … [Read more...] about 50 reasons why Greater Manchester is so great
Opinion Simon Altham, managing director of revenue at Hoseasons, which is based in Lowestoft. Picture: Hoseasons. Archant A major change in consumer behaviour is gripping the tourism industry – but it can be overcome with investment, innovation and inspiration, writes Simon Altham of Hoseasons. I’ve worked in the travel industry for nearly 20 years, with each one of those years throwing up a different challenge for the sector. From ash clouds and foot and mouth disease to Brexit and staycations – tourism businesses have seen it all, and 2018 was no exception. We started the year with the Beast from the East, had four months of extreme drought, and only last week flooding in Wales. With conditions like these it’s hardly a surprise that tourism businesses had an unpredictable year.But for me it’s not the weather that had the greatest impact on 2018 – it’s the continuing change in consumer behaviour.Let me explain my thinking. Most of … [Read more...] about ‘Only the best will thrive as change grips Norfolk and Suffolk’s tourism industry’
Kester Eddy Friday, July 20, 2018, 00:48 As any stroll through central Budapest will attest, tourism is booming. Registered guest nights in the capital were up 8% last year, topping a record ten million. In Hungary, guest nights show a 70% rise since 2009, when the economic crisis hit. Such numbers are attracting both domestic and global interest, says Péter Kraft, a former ambassador who runs his own eponymous tourism consultancy. Péter Kraft “Hungary’s tourism is continuously performing very, very well. We sometimes ask ourselves why are we so successful?” says Kraft, before answering his own question, reeling off attractions, from an ever increasing offering of cultural events via “world-class” public transport and a safe environment in the capital to stupendous night-time illuminations. For Kraft, who runs his own tourism consultancy, such expansion means work, and lots of it. “I’m dealing with, I don’t … [Read more...] about Hungary Ambitiously Building on Record Tourism Figures
A new survey has shown that while most tourism businesses support the Government's tourism tax, a vocal minority are concerned it will damage New Zealand's reputation. Should there be a tourism tax? Ambushed at the border: Tourists' perspectives on visitor tax Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has released its survey of New Zealand tourism businesses and their response to the proposed International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. Seventy eight percent of participants from across the country either support or are willing to conditionally support the border tax, while 18 percent oppose the potential $25-$35 tax. "There is clearly a willingness to accept a border tax, but it really must be well targeted, it must act towards enhancing the visitor experience and addressing the areas of greatest need," said Chris Roberts, TIA Chief Executive. Mr Roberts said the tax, which is expected to be introduced in late 2019, must be properly marketed to the world, and not make tourists feel as … [Read more...] about How does the tourism industry feel about the Govt’s border tax?