Scottish Government pushes for EU visa-free touring

31 Aug 2021

Scottish Culture Secretary Angus Robertson has urged the UK Government to negotiate visa-free travel for the creative industry by the end of the year.

In a letter addressed to Oliver Dowden, Robertson calls for cooperation between the two Governments to “minimise barriers to recovery”.

He adds that touring visas and work permits are creating “insurmountable obstacles” for artists.

“Ultimately this could jeopardise the ability of some to continue working in the sector altogether”.

The letter follows a UK Government announcement that 19 EU countries have agreed to short term visa-free tours, an update condemned by music industry leaders as “nothing new”.

South Bank arts venues' economic impact down £330m, report claims

12 Jul 2021

Five major UK arts institutions are appealing for public and private investment after losing half their income due to Covid-19.

Tourism Recovery Plan gives hollow nod to culture

main entrance of the British Museum
21 Jun 2021

A new national tourism plan says cultural attractions are the top drawcard for international visitors, but falls short of offering specific help for the sector’s post-Covid recovery.

'No guarantee' of funding for UK City of Culture 2025 winner

02 Jun 2021

The contest will continue into 2029 and beyond, with £40,000 grants to develop longlisted applications regardless of whether they win or lose.

Attractions' visitor numbers fall by 70% in 'devastatingly hard year'

08 Apr 2021

UK cultural attractions are calling for a new bank holiday to boost tourism, and the popularity of outdoor attractions, starting to reopen from next week, has skyrocketed.

Surrey venues draw sightseers, spending and social benefits, study finds

23 Feb 2021

New research shows 70% of visitors to Surrey arts venues would not have come into town - and spent an extra £40 on average - if it weren't for those institutions.

Keep museums open, European network says

12 Jan 2021

A new international report calls for financial support as the timeline for reopening museums lengthens.

Culture is London’s business

Crowed looking at coloured lights on a tunnel
06 Jan 2021

London’s cultural and commercial sectors have always had a symbiotic relationship, writes Tony Matharu. Fostering those links is now more important than ever.

At least £1bn loss expected due to Covid-19: UK Music report

19 Nov 2020

The economic value of music industries reached a £5.8bn high in 2019. Then the "hammer blow" happened.

Turning Chester into a City of Art

30 Sep 2020

Anastasia Tilston explains how a new community-led company in Chester is making space for artists in the city centre, with pop-up galleries stepping in to revive the declining retail offer.    

Visitor numbers at a standstill as museums reopen

12 Aug 2020

Major museums are attracting less than 10% of the visitors they normally would - and paying through the nose to do so.

Museums and galleries ‘will need support until spring’

16 Jul 2020

Last year was a positive one for the UK’s attractions. But with tourism scuppered and a fast fall in visitor numbers, the British public’s patronage is crucial.

Scotland’s Budget: culture funding at a standstill

13 Feb 2020

Future arts funding depends on National Lottery returns rapidly increasing when a Government cash injection expires next year.

Volume or value? Sustainability and cultural tourism

20 Nov 2019

The tourism sector talks of aviation and inbound tourism as a way forward for rural areas, but could the cultural sector offer a route that is more in tune with the challenges of our time? Fiona Wotton examines the issues.

Millions more visit major museums

Photo of Terracotta Warriors
28 Oct 2019

Several museums and galleries have recorded their highest visitor numbers in a decade – leading DCMS to claim it was a “record breaking year for museums and galleries in England”.

Scotland consults on tourist tax

A photograph of colourful houses on a street in Edinburgh
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

A photo of a building in Delhi with light projections on the wall
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

A photo of Tom Watson sitting on stage next to a woman
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

Photo of Margate, Kent
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

Photo of Tate Modern
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.

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