UK Visitor Attractions see 6.5% increase in visitor numbers in 2014

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) [Alliance member] has announced its members’ visitor figures for 2014 showing an average increase of 6.5% on 2013 visitor numbers. The British Museum remained the most popular visitor attraction overall for the 8th year running with 6,695,213 visitors. In 2nd place was the National Gallery, which saw a 6.4% increase to […]

Tourism Alliance launches Manifesto 2015

The Tourism Alliance has launched its Manifesto outlining a number of detailed asks so that the tourism industry can continue to deliver high levels of growth and employment for the UK. The Manifesto, The Tourism Briefing 2015, argues that even though tourism has been at the forefront of the UK’s economic recovery and is the fifth […]

Triennial Review recommends separation of VisitBritain and VisitEngland

VisitBritain and VisitEngland are to be charged with getting more overseas visitors to travel beyond London to maintain the UK’s tourism boom, the first Triennial Review of the two public-bodies has recommended. Triennial Reviews are a way of reviewing the necessity of non-departmental public bodies, as well as reviewing their functions, performance, control and governance arrangements. The […]

Church of England and Sustrans team up for Towers and Spires cycling tours

The Church of England has teamed up with cycling charity Sustrans to produce a series of tours linking the country’s Cathedrals and historic church buildings by bike. The Towers and Spires series are been created to provide a new way to explore the country’s magnificent church buildings. The materials have been published by ChurchCare which supports those […]

Managing the experience of visitors in sacred spaces: a web-based learning resource

How do you reconcile the spiritual role of a place of worship with the fact that many visitors will also or only be interested in the architecture or the history of the building? And what can you provide for those visitors who have no idea of the spiritual function of the building and how it […]

How to unlock the church door to visitors

We’re open all hours – what’s your excuse? Bob Calver PCC Secretary Is your church open? If not why not? I ask these questions based on the experience of my village church, St. Peter’s Pipe cum Lyde just north of the city of Hereford. For many years it was kept locked except for the hour […]