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’
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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?
Scotland business 16 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-43783575 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Spirits giant Diageo has announced plans to invest £150m over three years to "transform" its Scotch whisky visitor offerings.The centrepiece will be a Johnnie Walker "immersive visitor … [Read more...] about Diageo to invest £150m in whisky tourism
Barcelona has become a poster child for overtourism, so it’s no surprise that one of its residents is keen to champion the cause of responsible tourism. It’s even less surprising when you learn that this resident has a long association with charities supporting disadvantaged communities. But how about if this resident is one of the world’s most famous footballers? How about if he is Lionel Messi – who has just been appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)? This announcement has, predictably, caused some disapproval. A convicted tax evader with a private jet, super yacht and sports car collection, Messi is not an obvious contender to be preaching about ethical lifestyle choices. But he is also far from the first celebrity to put his profile behind responsible tourism. In February 2018, Princes William and Harry declared they wanted to focus on sustainable tourism through their Royal Foundation, which would complement … [Read more...] about Why Lionel Messi is making responsible tourism cool
Yorkshire’s tourism industry is booming and now valued at £8bn to the region’s economy. The figure is 14 per cent, or £1bn, higher than when the last measure was taken, in 2011. READ:Suspected Elsie Frost killer Peter Pickering died after heart attack, inquest hearsThe latest figures in Wakefield, from 2016, show that tourism is worth £365.7m to the district.With the Hepworth, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield boasts three world class attractions.The city is undergoing a renaissance of its food and drink, and nightlife, with modern bars and restaurants opening week on week.READ:City Tastes & Tipples: Take a seat in Jose’s family dining roomAnd more than 100,000 people came to see the city’s Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival earlier this year.Pontefract Racecourse and Pontefract Castle are among the town’s premier attractions while leisure complex Junction 32 continues to attract visitors from both sides … [Read more...] about Why tourism is bringing in £365.7m to our economy