Arts Council reports collapse in London arts attendance

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31 Aug 2018

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.

Cultural visits continue to fall amid terrorism fears

The Great Court at the British Museum
17 Aug 2018

London galleries were hard hit last year, as school children admissions fell for the fourth consecutive year.

UK leads soft power index

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20 Jul 2018

The country’s culture was ranked second globally, remaining behind the US and ahead of France and Germany.

City of Culture must be more than an arts festival, MPs told

An art installation depicting poppies at Hull Maritime Museum
13 Jul 2018

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.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

A coastline for cultural tourists

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14 Jun 2018

Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.

Late openings key to improving gallery audience diversity

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09 Feb 2018

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.

Attendance down at London galleries despite record tourism

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06 Dec 2017

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.

Mayor backs tourism vision for London

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15 Sep 2017

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.

Theatres and galleries key to ‘24-hour vision for London’

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28 Jul 2017

Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes to make the capital’s nightlife about more than just pubs and clubs.

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

Performance shot: man in boat under a raining umbrella
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

Sculpture at the British Museum
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.

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