On the tourist map

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08 Jun 2017

Cultural organisations are missing a trick by not tapping into the tourist trade, but a successful strategy involves more than a new leaflet. Anne Torreggiani and Helen Palmer share their advice.

Seaside arts

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08 Jun 2017

Tourism has been in decline in England’s seaside towns for years, but now a network bringing world-class circus and street arts to the coast is enticing the tourists back. Joe Mackintosh tells the story.

Keeping the tourists busy

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08 Jun 2017

Millions of tourists flock to see Shakespeare’s England, but they don’t all have time to catch a play. Geraldine Collinge explains how the RSC has extended its offer beyond theatre. 

Scotland’s perfect stage

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08 Jun 2017

Scotland’s year-round programme of cultural events attracts huge numbers of international visitors, but it takes careful strategic planning and continuous improvement, says Stuart Turner.

Visits to UK attractions up 5.5 million on 2015

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30 Mar 2017

The top ten most popular attractions remain in London, although visits are down at most attractions in this group.

Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Street art and circus to address coastal deprivation

Man and woman dancing on the beach
01 Jul 2016

A national project will put a street arts and circus touring network at the heart of plans to revitalise the economies of England’s coastal towns.

Deeper commitment to festivals and events in Scotland

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18 Sep 2015

A new tourism-based strategy aims to grow Scotland’s domestic and international reputation by investing in the development of the events industry.

Scottish economy benefits from increase in museum and gallery attendance

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15 May 2015

A new report finds that growing numbers of museum and gallery attenders are contributing nearly £900m to the Scottish economy, but organisations are staffed primarily by volunteers.

Is cultural tourism for you?

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14 May 2015

Recognising the potential growth of cultural tourism four years ago, Ireland’s audience agency published a guide for arts organisations. Una Carmody summarises the key points.

Discovering the cultural reality

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14 May 2015

Karl Greenwood on ways to help tourists discover a city from the inside out, tapping into local knowledge through technology and user-generated content.

Capitalising on culture

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14 May 2015

Two capital cities, London and Cardiff, are working collaboratively and over the long term to attract cultural tourists, Helen Palmer explains.

Lakes, mountains and the arts

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14 May 2015

Is there a need for ‘Cultural Destinations’ funding in the Lake District, a region already full of tourists? Definitely, says Richard Foster.

Tourism fund to showcase the North

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02 Apr 2015

£10m of DCMS funding will be used to attract more international visitors to the north of England.

Mayor to help promote London’s off-beat attractions to tourists

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27 Mar 2015

As a new report reveals cultural tourism generated £3.2bn for the economy in 2013, City Hall plans to help spread the wealth.

Culture budget pays for tourism agenda

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13 Feb 2015

Free admission at DCMS-funded museums and galleries has helped boost visits by foreign tourists by almost 40% since 2008/9, while visits from within the UK have increased by just 3% during this same period.

Culture Diary aims to raise UK’s international profile

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13 May 2014

A UK-wide event-planning and anti-clash website will help government bodies and agencies to support a drive for tourism and cultural exports.

Join the conversation now!

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27 Jan 2014

Sarah Stannage warns that many arts organisations may be missing out on European and Government funding available through Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Arts organisations to develop ‘Cultural Destinations’

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17 Jan 2014

Ten successful bidders will be part of a £3m programme which aims to develop partnerships between arts, culture and tourism in England.

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