TIER’s Coronavirus update from 26th February 2020 which contains useful information including a WHO/UNWTO statement on coronavirus and tourism.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for outbound travel
· The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is still advising against all travel to Hubei Province and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
· The FCO is also advising against all but essential travel to:
o the cities of Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea
o ten small towns in the Lombardy region and one in the Veneto region of Italy
The FCO is not advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of coronavirus risks. Other travel measures, advice and updates:
Practical advice and guidance
In the meantime you can visit the VB website where they continue to share advice for businesses and links to key updates and information.
The UK Government’s Point’s based Immigration paper has been launched (click the link to download a copy). A new system will require people wanting to work in the UK to achieve a total of 70 points or more. The allocation of points being as follows:
Addition Points Available
There are also a number of other changes to immigration requirements that are important to know about. These include:
Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January we are now in a transition period; during this time, the way we will do business with the EU will not change. However, you may need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period. To assist you, it maybe worth noting this useful Welsh Government website - https://gov.wales/preparing-wales
Over the last 12 months the Destination Pembrokeshire Partnership (DPP) – comprising Pembrokeshire Tourism, Pembrokeshire County Council, PLANED and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) – have been working closely together to produce two key pieces of work to drive tourism growth in the County.
The first is a new five-year Tourism Strategy known as a Destination Management Plan (DMP). Feedback from the trade and other partners through online questionnaires, face-to-face consultations and workshops have helped form the new DMP.The new plan will run from 2020 to 2025 and will cover the priorities and aspirations for Pembrokeshire as a tourism destination.
The second is an exercise looking at whether some tourism services could be managed more effectively by operating in a different way, with the aim of supporting the multi-million-pound tourism industry. Currently, a wide range of services are delivered by the Destination Pembrokeshire Partnership with each of the partners focusing on different areas of activity.
On Wednesday, 5th February, and Monday, 10th February, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire County Council respectively approved both the DMP strategy and the proposal for a new Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO). The resources and staff from the County Council’s Tourism (Destination Marketing) department will be transferred to Pembrokeshire Tourism, the county’s tourism trade organisation, with support and resources also coming from PCNPA and PLANED.
The new Pembrokeshire Tourism organisation will be led by the trade and will be able to deliver a wider range of activities including: destination marketing activity; campaign and project delivery; industry liaison and support; research and intelligence; advocacy, and other activities such as supporting and potentially delivering some events.
Jane Rees-Baynes, chair of Pembrokeshire Tourism said: “We at Pembrokeshire Tourism are delighted that the proposals have been approved by all DPP partners. We believe this is an exciting new start for tourism in Pembrokeshire. We will be working hard over the next few months to establish this new trade led organisation as one of the leading DMOs in the UK. Our members will continue to receive the same great benefits through the transition and can look forward to an enhanced offering once the new organisation is in full operation.”
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller, said: “Far better than numerous, disparate entities working to support tourism in isolation, we will now have a single, joint plan together with a strong, well resourced, trade led organisation driving the Pembrokeshire 'destination'. It’s an exciting opportunity for the County to further develop our incredible tourism offer and to ensure Pembrokeshire is discovered by even more visitors from right across the globe.”
Iwan Thomas, Chief Executive, PLANED, said: “The delivery of this new strategy clearly demonstrates the commitment to partnership working here by these key organisations within Pembrokeshire. PLANED’s role has been to support the voice particularly of communities within the county, and the importance of the tourism and hospitality sector to those communities. With this new and exciting approach, we will continue to support our partners and the industry, to promote the alignment of communities to this key economic driver for Pembrokeshire, and the further opportunities this now presents.”
The Chairman of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Councillor Paul Harries said: “We are very pleased to support the creation of the new organisation aimed at improving the county’s tourism offering to enhance our reputation as a leading accessible and sustainable tourism destination.We look forward to working with partner bodies and the tourism trade to further develop work in this area.”
The new DMP will be formally launched at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Summit at Rhosygilwen on the 26th February. Contact the Pembrokeshire Tourism office on 01646 622228 to book tickets.
Launched as part of the new 5 year action plan, Welcome to Wales: Priorities for the Visitor Economy 2020-25, Brilliant Basics is a Wales wide £10m fund that will support public, third sector and not for profit organisations. It will -
Oliver Dowden CBE MP has been appointed Culture Secretary following yesterday's re-shuffle. A high-flying intake from 2015 (MP Hertsmere) having been appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office in 2018 before being promoted to Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in July 2019 when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister. He studied law at Cambridge, before going to work for the Conservative party eventually working in a range of roles including David Cameron's deputy chief of staff. He has also worked in the private sector as a PR strategist. He was a Remainer, however he, has voted against the right for EU nationals to stay in the UK and for tighter immigration laws.
Coronavirus - correct as at 30 January 2020
For information the following is the latest update from the latest TIER Group meeting which was before today’s announcement of cases in the UK:
Re: Outbound travel to China from the UK:
TIER is a small group comprising key tourism industry organisations and government. The group develops plans for crisis scenarios as well as managing the tourism industry’s response to a specific crisis. TIER is facilitated by VisitBritain and comprises 10+ industry representatives. Members of the group include the Association of British Travel Agents, UKinbound, UK Hospitality, Britain’s national tourist boards, British Airways and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Other groups are called on depending on the location and nature of the crisis. (VB, 2020).
Welsh Government plans to spend £60m on improving the tourism industry in Wales - Launch of the New Strategy
First Minister Mark Drakeford launched the strategy 'Welcome to Wales' at the recently opened Rest Bay Watersports Centre, Porthcawl on the 23rd January 2020. The First Minister proclaimed, that: “Over the past decade, tourism in Wales has been transformed, but there’s room for further growth in our visitor economy and we want to support that" announcing that the Welsh Government plans to spend £60m on improving the industry across Wales.
Whilst he stated there had been record numbers of UK visitors to Wales over the last five years, he acknowledged that there are still challenges facing the industry, including from Brexit and that the best response is to continue with our core business to recognise tourism’s ongoing potential to act as a bedrock for the Welsh economy in projecting a positive message of and from Wales.
The WTA's Chair, Andrew Campbell attended the launch (pictured centre) of the new strategy 'Welcome to Wales: Priorities for the Visitor Economy 2020 - 2025'. Andrew took questions and spoke on the panel alongside other industry members. A launch film can be viewed from here https://youtu.be/fFLncNUMFZg. In addition this link https://businesswales.gov.wales/tourism/welcome-wales-priorities-visitor-economy-2020-2025 provides all the background information and documents which have helped to inform the new priorities.
Andrew Campbell, Chair of the WTA attended the Visit Britain Annual Review (19/01/2020). In addition to recapping the highlights of the year, Visit Britain launched their new five year strategy to take them through to 2025. This replaces the previous strategy - Delivering a Golden Legacy: a growth strategy for inbound tourism 2012-2020 – which aimed to leverage the London Olympics to generate 40m overseas visitors and revenue of £31.5bn by 2020. The new UK Tourism strategy has the key goal of attracting 49m overseas visitors and generating £35bn in revenue by 2025.
However, there is no corresponding target for Domestic Tourism as the ambition to increase domestic tourism is predicated on being allocated funding for domestic marketing through the upcoming CSR process. There are five strands to the strategy aimed at supporting the delivery of the 49m visitors and £35bn expenditure. These are:
While there are no specific targets associated with these five strands, the strategy outlines the initiatives that will be undertaken to take forward the strategy and the market segments that will be targeted to deliver growth. These are:
• Buzzseekers – younger, free-spirited and spontaneous, they like holidays full of action and excitement
• Explorers – older, they enjoy the outdoors, sightseeing and embracing local culture at a more relaxed pace
• Culture buffs – image and brand-conscious, travel is seen as a status symbol; they like well-known safe destinations
• Free and easy mini-breakers – similar to buzzseekers, this younger domestic audience take short breaks to let loose or unwind!
You can view the latest Annual Review and Five Year Strategy .
The Dept. of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced the appointment of the following people to the BTA: