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Leisure Opportunities issue 648, 2014 is now out!

Blogs:

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Kate Cracknell
Editor,
Health Club Management

Liz Terry
Editor

Tim Nash
Head of Leisure Media Studio

Jak Phillips
Head of News,
Leisure Media

Katie Barnes
Managing Editor,
Spa Business

Our guest writers:

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Louise Routh
Marketing and communications director,
Springboard UK

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

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by Kurt Janson
Policy Director, Tourism Alliance

The floods – learning from Foot and Mouth disease

by Kurt Janson

The analysis from the Met Service and the Environment Agency is grim. They believe that flooding in the UK is going to get significantly worse before it gets any better and that, after the wettest January since 1766, the ground is now so saturated that even if the rain were to stop tomorrow, the flood waters will not fully recede for up to four months in some parts of the country. [more...]

Entering a year of opportunities

by Kurt Janson

VisitBritain has just launched a new strategy, Delivering a Golden Legacy, to capitalise and build upon the success of the 2012 Olympics to generate inbound tourism. [more...]

2012 - a curate's egg

by Kurt Janson

The figures for UK domestic tourism in 2012 have been released by VisitEngland. They show that total number of visits for the year was down by 1 per cent to 126m while expenditure on domestic tourism was up £1.3bn to a record £24bn. Impressive figures, considering the impact of the weather, combined with the double-dip recession and the want of many people to sit in front of the TV during the Olympics. [more...]

Tourism shows its value

by Kurt Janson

The Tourism Alliance held its Annual Parliamentary Reception two days before this year's budget on 20 March. While the timing of this is coincidental, there is a significant linkage between the two events. [more...]

Tourism prospects good for 2013

by Kurt Janson

One of the main concerns regarding inbound tourism to the UK during 2012 was that the Olympics would deter normal tourism traffic and that the number of people attracted to the Olympics would be insufficient to counter this effect. [more...]

Freeing domestic tourism from red tape

by Kurt Janson

The government is keen to boost domestic tourism – provided that there is no cost involved. Here’s how to do it – simply amend the Package Travel Regulations to remove “other significant tourism service” from the definition of a package. [more...]

The Olympics – what happened?

by Kurt Janson

The impact of the Olympics on tourism to the UK was something that caused considerable speculation this year. [more...]

Destination winners and losers

by Kurt Janson

There is currently much talk of the UK having a two-tier economy with continuing growth in London contrasting sharply with stagnation in regional economies. This dichotomy is highlighted by increases in wages and property values in London while both wages and house prices are falling in most other areas of the UK. [more...]

Staycation or Staybreak?

by Kurt Janson

There has been a lot of talk of UK residents undertaking staycations rather than travelling overseas due to the economic downturn. And on the face of it the figures are rather compelling. In 2011, UK residents took only 36.8m overseas holidays, down 8.6m on the 45.4m overseas holidays that they took before the economic downturn in 2007. [more...]

The real work must now get underway

by Kurt Janson

After all the pre-Olympic concerns relating to processing arrivals at the ports-of-entry, finding enough security staff for the venues and whether there would be travel chaos in London, the Olympics were delivered without a hitch. [more...]

Teamwork needed for GB tourism

by Kurt Janson

With the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics now upon us, there is significant interest in our ability to host visitors from around the world and stage a memorable major international event. [more...]

Regulations: The Empire Strikes Back

by Kurt Janson

Early last year, the government said with great fanfare that it was going to a have a bonfire of outdated and unnecessary legislation as part of measures to allow businesses to provide the growth and employment needed to pull the country out of recession. [more...]

Border control needs new funding model

by Kurt Janson

Recently there has been considerable coverage of the mounting problems with waiting times at the UK's main ports-of-entry. At peak periods, it has not been uncommon for visitors to have to wait for up to three hours to be processed by Border Agency staff. [more...]

Tackling the problem of age discrimination

by Kurt Janson

The government has established the Red Tape Challenge under Oliver Letwin's chairmanship to reduce the regulatory burden on small firms, but there continues to be a procession of new legislation or retrograde changes to existing legislation. Much of this will have the effect of hindering the very growth that the government seeks. [more...]

New work highlights role of tourism sector

by Kurt Janson

The Tourism Alliance has produced two new pieces of work to underline the size and potential of the UK tourism industry. [more...]

The tourism sector is breaking records

by Kurt Janson

While the final results are not quite in yet, it appears certain that 2011 will have been a record year for both inbound and domestic tourism in the UK. This is not to say that all sectors of the tourism industry are booming, indeed many are finding the current economic conditions very challenging, but the overall figures make very positive reading. [more...]

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