Thursday, 28 May 2015

IPS provisional results announced for March 2015

The headlines of the provisional volume and value results of overseas tourism to Britain show: The number of visits to the UK by overseas residents in March 2015 was 2.4 million, an increase of 2% when compared to March 2014. In the three months to March 2015, visits to the UK by overseas residents have risen by 1% to 6.9 million compared to the three months to March 2014. Visits to the UK in the last 12 months are 4% higher than in the previous year. The value of earnings from overseas tourism in March 2015 was £1.3bn In the 12 months to March... Read More

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Queen's Speech - the UK government's legislative agenda

The Queen’s Speech contained a number of Bills that could potentially have an impact on the tourism industry.  Specifically, there will be a Wales Bill which will give new powers over energy, transport and local government to the Welsh Assembly. Plus it is also worth mentioning the Scotland Bill which will provide Scotland with even great control of its finances and tax regime. Both could have consequences for the level playing field on tourism-related taxes across the UK? Read More

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Positive Easter reported from Wales Survey of Tourism Businesses: Wave 1, 2015

According to the latest Welsh Government sponsored business survey, post Easter 2015, the Tourism industry has enjoyed a busy Easter period. About two in five (37%) businesses have had more visitors than Easter last year, and close to half (45%) have had the same level. Only a minority (18%) report a decrease. Read More

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

General Election result is good for business says business leader

The General Election result is good for business and has boosted consumer confidence, says a Mid Wales and Shropshire business leader. Tony Bywater,  chairman of caravan dealership Salop Leisure, which has sales centres in Machynlleth, Shrewsbury and Stourport-on-Severn, has noticed an upsurge in consumer confidence since the election and is predicting a successful year for the award-winning company. Read More

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