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Arts Council England attributes the majority of the unprecedented 16.6 million fall to a drop in exhibition visitor numbers, but has declined to give details of how it arrived at these figures.
London galleries were hard hit last year, as school children admissions fell for the fourth consecutive year.
The country’s culture was ranked second globally, remaining behind the US and ahead of France and Germany.
In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.
Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.
Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.
Museums and galleries are urged to regularly extend opening hours and put on after-hours events, which are estimated to be worth an annual £9.6m in ticket sales.
The threat of terrorism is thought to have contributed to falling visitor numbers at some of London’s leading museums and galleries, although the V&A bucked the trend with record figures.
Culture is critical to the satisfaction levels of London’s visitors, according to a new report that lays out plans for boosting tourism across the capital.
Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes to make the capital’s nightlife about more than just pubs and clubs.
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.
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.
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 year-round programme of cultural events attracts huge numbers of international visitors, but it takes careful strategic planning and continuous improvement, says Stuart Turner.
The top ten most popular attractions remain in London, although visits are down at most attractions in this group.
A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors.
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.
A new tourism-based strategy aims to grow Scotland’s domestic and international reputation by investing in the development of the events industry.
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.
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.