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De Bois review into Destination Management Organisations

De Bois review into Destination Management Organisations

In March 2021, the government announced an independent review to assess how Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) across England are funded and structured, and how they perform their roles, in order to establish whether there may be a more efficient and effective model for supporting English tourism at the regional level, and if so what that...

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DMO review published

DMO review published

The de Bois review of Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) in England, commissioned by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been published. The review examined and assessed how DMOs across England are funded and structured, and how they perform their roles, in order to establish whether there may be a more efficient and...

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Club bookings up 100% for autumn

Club bookings up 100% for autumn

Bookings on The Camping and Caravanning Club’s network of campsites around the UK have doubled for September and October compared to what would normally be expected. The Club says the growing popularity of camping this autumn tops off a successful summer season in which it celebrated record membership of more than 350,000 households – or...

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WTA calls for register to manage pop up campsites

WTA calls for register to manage pop up campsites

Immediate: 19 August 2021 The Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA) is calling for the introduction of a Register of Pop-Up Campsites to help councils manage unlicensed camp site accommodation across Wales. Although 56-day pop-up campsites are permitted under the Welsh Government’s relaxation of the General Permitted Development Order, the growth of new sites in some destinations has...

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Omar Group announces Regal Leisure Homes is now in production

Omar Group announces Regal Leisure Homes is now in production

Omar Group has announced that production has commenced of a new range of premium holiday homes, in a new factory outside Ringwood in Dorset.  Regal Holiday Homes (including certain assets and all the intellectual property), was acquired by the Group in 2020. The acquisition was significantly delayed by the pandemic, however this gave pause for...

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Transport strategy from Innovate UK

Transport strategy from Innovate UK

Innovate UK has launched UK Transport Vision 2050, “an in-depth study that sets out what the UK transport system may look like in 2050 and outlines the likely steps along the way to achieving this”. The document predicts that, by 2050, UK transport’s consumption of petroleum products will fall by over 90%, while 90% of...

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Awards deadline extended for Southern tourism businesses

Awards deadline extended for Southern tourism businesses

The entry deadline for the Tourism Awards across the south west and south east has been extended to 12 September. With many businesses working flat out, the organisers have extended the deadline for entry until midnight on 12 September, giving businesses from Cornwall to Kent a few more days to complete their entries after the...

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Club membership hits new heights

Club membership hits new heights

The Camping and Caravanning Club has reached an all-time high of 350,000 household memberships for the first time in its 120-year history, as 2021’s peak camping season gets into full swing. This number equates to 778,000 individual members of the Club. From June 2020 to June 2021, more than 45,000 new households joined the ranks,...

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Government launches hospitality recovery plan

Government launches hospitality recovery plan

Hospitality Strategy: Reopening, Recovery, Resilience The government has launched a hospitality strategy to support the recovery of the sector, including a dedicated council to oversee its delivery. BEIS is to establish a Hospitality Sector Council to develop and implement an action plan that will deliver these objectives and review progress. Business minister Paul Scully has...

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