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Leisure spending remains robust despite Brexit worries

UK spending on leisure remained steady during the second quarter of 2019, with net spending up one percentage year-on-year.
 

Whey Aye: Europe's tallest observation wheel approved for Newcastle Quayside

Plans to build Europe’s tallest observation wheel in Newcastle, UK, have been given the green light by the city council.
 

British government to investigate impact of tourism on the environment

Having made a commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the UK government has now launched an inquiry into the impacts of tourism and travel on the environment.
 

First ever UK Tourism Sector Deal includes plan to build 130,000 new hotel rooms by 2025

The first ever tourism sector deal aims to prepare the UK for an extra 9 million visits per year – and includes a commitment to build 130,000 new hotel rooms by 2025.
 

Premier League football a 'significant generator' of inbound tourism

The English Premier League (EPL) is a major driver of inbound tourism into Britain – especially when it comes to sports fans from long-haul destinations.
 

Airbnb teams up with 23andMe to promote DNA-based heritage travel

Online travel marketplace Airbnb has teamed up with genetic testing company 23andMe to make the finding of heritage travel experiences based on DNA tests simpler.
 

New tourist attraction for Inverness Castle, as LDN Architects appointed to transform site

Inverness Castle in the Scottish Highlands is to be transformed into a tourist attraction that celebrates the Highlands' past, present and future, with LDN Architects, based in Edinburgh and Forres, appointed to work on the project.
 

Fáilte Ireland makes €15.5m available for undiscovered towns with attractions of scale

Irish tourism body Fáilte Ireland has created a €15.5m (US$17.4m, £13.3m) fund for towns around the country that have tourism potential, outlining the necessity for exiting visitor attractions of scale in its qualifying rules.
 

UK attractions’ visitor numbers rise by almost 9 per cent in 2018

Visitor numbers to UK attractions improved by 8.7 per cent in 2018, according to the latest figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
 

Planning permission granted for vast £200m adventure resort in South Wales

Neath Port Talbot council has greenlit plans for the Afan Valley Adventure Resort – a highly anticipated leisure destination set to rise on a 325-acre former forestry plantation in South Wales.

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