Category Archives: International and national news

Public back Government financial support for church buildings, new opinion poll shows

57% of British adults agree that the Government should provide financial support to churches in order to protect their heritage and history for future generations, according to a new ComRes opinion poll commissioned by the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity. This is now an annual survey undertaken by the NCT to […]


The Netherlands: Conference on Religious Tourism, October 2016

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Museum Catharijne Convent, The Centre for Religious Art and Culture (Belgium) and the Future for Religious Heritage will be jointly organizing a conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism. The conference is called “How to increase religious heritage tourism in a changing society” will […]


VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey 2015

England’s gardens, farms and leisure and theme parks experienced the most significant growth in visitor numbers in VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey published this week. Out of the 1,500 English attractions in the survey, outdoor attractions performed particularly well in 2015. Gardens, farms and leisure/theme parks reported the biggest increase in visitors, each up 7%, with wildlife attractions […]


FRH Biennial conference, Vicenza 9th -11th November 2016

The theme of the fifth Future for Religious Heritage’s international conference is Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe While increasing numbers of church buildings across Europe are being closed, deconsecrated and/or demolished, at the same time there is a growth of interest in religious and/or cultural pilgrimage and tourism along Europe’s […]


UK attractions receive 3.2% increase in visitor numbers in 2015

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) published on 7 March its members’ visitor figures for 2015. Overall 124.4 million visits were made to the top 230 ALVA sites. A staggering 65,218,272 people visited attractions in London and the top three most visited sites were the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Natural History Museum. Westminster Abbey […]


Tourism Statistics 2016

On 7 March, MPs and stakeholders attended the Tourism Alliance’s Parliamentary Reception as part of English Tourism Week 2016 (5-13 March). The event provided a platform for the Tourism Alliance to launch its annual publication of UK Tourism Statistics: Tourism Statistics 2016, highlighting the role that the industry has played in the rebuilding of the UK economy. Bernard […]




Domestic tourism figures in UK at all-time high

Visit England has released new figures showing domestic tourism in Britain is on a high after a record-breaking start to the year. The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) has revealed a strong performance for domestic tourism in the first quarter of the year. There were 19.7 million trips recorded in England […]


Visit England launches consultation on tourism strategy beyond 2020

VisitEngland has launched a consultation asking the sector to help refresh the Tourism Industry’s growth strategy. You need to submit your response by 15 May 2015. The new growth strategy will build on the existing Strategic Framework for Tourism in England 2010-2020, a sector-led framework which sets out how the tourism industry can work together to […]