Scotland consults on tourist tax

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19 Sep 2019

There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.

British Council urged to clarify its use of UK culture

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16 Sep 2019

A report says the organisation is confusing the distinct aims of attracting investment and developing broader influence.

Labour could bring in tourist tax, says Tom Watson

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12 Sep 2019

The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.

Museums and tourist boards at odds over cultural tourism

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12 Sep 2019

A new survey finds that one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.

Museum and art gallery attendance bounces back

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19 Aug 2019

New figures indicate the reversal of a three-year pattern of declining visitor numbers at English institutions – and new hope for more employment in the sector.

Tate Modern becomes most visited attraction in the UK

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29 Mar 2019

Total visits to attractions in the UK were up 8.7% on the previous year, driven in large part by regional success and the so-called “Dippy effect”.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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