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July August 2016

Trade paper for the domestic tourism and inbound tourism industry in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

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NO. 1 FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL, TOURISM AND BUSINESS NEWS IN ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND & WALES www.travelgbi.com By Samantha Mayling SPORT, tourism and heritage minister Tracey Crouch has kept her job following a radical reshuffle by prime minister Theresa May who introduced changes at the top of every department dealing with travel. In a wide-ranging shake-up last month, May appointed Karen Bradley (pictured) to replace John Whittingdale as secretary of state for culture, media and sport. Bradley worked under May at the Home Office and has been MP for Staffordshire Moorlands since May 2010. Leading industry figures welcomed Bradley's appointment and the news that Crouch will remain in her position. Ufi Ibrahim, British Hospitality Association chief executive, said: "It's vital for business to have political certainty and we welcome the appointment of Karen Bradley. "We look forward to working with her on our current questions around the free movement of visitors and workers, better regulation and the promotion of the UK. "She's already shown a keen interest in what we do, attending important industry events, such as the BHA's first Hospitality and Tourism Lobby Day last year, so we are optimistic." Exclusive travel trade press sponsor NO. 1 FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL, TOURISM AND BUSINESS NEWS IN ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND & WALES www.travelgbi.com July-August 2016 No. 450 Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva), tweeted: "On behalf of @TourismsVoice [The Tourism Alliance] we welcome#KarenBradley to her new role as Secretary of State and look forward to working with her and her team." Other changes include: n Former foreign secretary Philip Hammond replaced the sacked George Osborne as Chancellor, with ultimate responsibility for air passenger duty (APD) and VAT. n David Gauke took over as chief secretary at the Treasury, with responsibility for APD. n Robert Goodwill was appointed as immigration minister at the Home Office n New transport secretary Chris Grayling has responsibility for airport capacity in the south east, with outgoing transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin having promised a decision this autumn after repeated delays. McLoughlin is now Conservative Party chairman. May placed supporters of a British exit from the European Union in charge of negotiations with EU leaders. David Davis, who was excluded from David Cameron's cabinets, became Brexit secretary as head of a new department responsible for negotiating the terms of an exit. He will be responsible for ensuring the UK remains part of a common European aviation agreement. Former London Mayor and leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson is foreign secretary, with responsibility for Foreign Office advice, overseas embassies and international relations. A third Brexit campaigner, Liam Fox, became international trade secretary and is responsible for securing trade agreements. Amber Rudd took over at the Home Office and is responsible for border control. A new Department of Business, Energy, Industry and Skills (BEIS) combines the former departments of business (BIS) and elements of the disbanded Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Former BIS secretary Sajid Javid became communities secretary. n Brexit special report, page 8 Overall, visits from January to March were up 6% year-on-year to a record 7.36 million – on the back of a record 2015. Patricia Yates, VisitBritain director, said: "It's really encouraging to see strong growth in visits from some of our most important markets and we now have the opportunity to build on this as Britain is offering great value for inbound visitors. "We are anticipating a strong summer holiday season as we spread this message of value and continue our global #OMGB 'Home of Amazing Moments' marketing campaign to inspire visitors with the amazing experiences they can only find in Britain and work with partners to offer great tactical deals to drive bookings. It's a great summer to come to Britain." Openings this summer include the new Tate Modern; the world's Tourism trade welcomes new culture secretary VISITBRITAIN has reported strong growth in visitors from key overseas markets such as the US, Germany and UAE, ahead of "a great summer to come to Britain". Visits from the US, the UK's most valuable visitor market, grew by 9% year-on-year in the first quarter (January- March) to 542,000. Strong Q1 growth was seen from EU countries with 5.27 million visits, up 7%, with Germany and Spain showing double-digit growth in visits and spend. Visits from the UAE were up 15% to 77,000, the strongest first quarter on record, with spend also up 9% to £105 million, while visits from China, the world's largest outbound market, were on par with last year's record first quarter. Australia grew by 10% to 157,000 with spending increasing by 30% to £173 million. VisitBritain: strong growth ahead of 'great summer' HIDDEN GEMS... Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is one of a dozen local London bloggers who have created insider guides about "hidden gems" where they live for visitlondon.com. The guides cover 13 London areas, including Tooting, Greenwich, Crystal Palace, Shoreditch, Stratford, Richmond and Hoxton (pictured). The London Area Guides were unveiled days after the mayor launched the #LondonIsOpen campaign to show the world that London remains open for business and tourists following the Brexit vote. visitlondon.com longest and tallest tunnel slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London's Olympic Park; and the i360 tower in Brighton. There is also a season of West End debuts this summer including the Disney classic Aladdin and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. n Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland chief executive, hailed Q1 figures which showed that overseas visitors to Scotland soared by 27% year-on- year, largely driven by Europeans. "In an increasingly competitive global market, these latest statistics show that Scotland's profile as a must-visit destination has continued to grow at an extraordinary level," he said. "The launch of our first global campaign – the Spirit of Scotland – in February has had a remarkable impact worldwide." visitbritain.org

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