UK Tourism

London Rain: A Modern Myth and PR Travesty

Ella Ricciardi | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Ricciardi

Every time I go abroad foreigners will consistently remind me of how rainy and miserable London's weather is. It is repeated so often that even those who've never visited have a firm opinion on the subject. Curiously, you have all been led astray.

How to Be a Tourist In Your Home City

Mark Hodson | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

I'm lucky enough to live in London, which in my view is one of the world's most exciting cities. At the risk of coming over all Ralph McTell, I like to spend time wandering its streets - sometimes aimlessly, sometimes with purpose - and notice things.

'No, No. You Can Stare As Much As You Want. They Don't Speak English!' - A Trip to Thailand.

James Dann | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

Thailand is of course a phenomenal country. A never-ending voyage of jungles, winding roads, fantastic people and constant adventure. It's pretty much the same as Leeds or an acid trip in Kew Gardens.

A Gap Year Is a Waste of Time, and You Don't Deserve it

Liam Deacon | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Had I the chance now, I tell my 17-year-old self to climb down off the bandwagon, get a grip, go to Uni and get on with my life. Because you know where a great place to 'find yourself' and grow up is? University.

Sport Provides Yet Another Platform for Tourism Development

Vicente Neto | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Sport
Vicente Neto

Sport, in its different forms, has consolidated its position as an important platform for stimulating tourism in recent years... the hospitality, joy and affection of Brazilians as one of the greatest differentials of the 2014 World Cup. It is no coincidence that many foreigners say they will recommend Brazil as a tourist destination to their family and friends.

UK Visa Changes for Chinese Visitors Are a Welcome Step

Alison Couper | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Alison Couper

The idea is that Chinese tourists applying online to visit the UK will be able to generate a partially completed Schengen form automatically, at the same time as completing their UK application. This helps to align the process of applying for a UK visa with the Schengen visa process...

5 Reasons to Visit Calcutta, India

Zahra Razavi | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

With so many people telling me not to miss out on so many different Indian locations, my head was spinning with possibilities - but two weeks spent in Calcutta turned out to be two weeks well-spent indeed. Here's my breakdown of what makes the city so special...

Happy 120th Birthday Tower Bridge: Pictures Reveal The Makings A London Landmark

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

Tower Bridge today celebraties its 120th birthday and is still one of London's best known landmarks, attracting thousands of tourists each year. Th...

If You Want a Photo With a Wild Animal, Take a Selfie on Safari...

Stephanie Allen | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Allen

Now summer is in full swing, social media sites are becoming quickly clogged up with holiday snaps of glorious beaches and scenery to lament over. But there's another photo appearing across British profile pages that we should all be concerned about...

20 Things I Will Always Remember About Greece

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Thanks to the fond memories of the beautiful country that continue to excite me & the jet lag, I came up with this list of 20 bullet points at around 3:00 a.m.! Enjoy:)

Seven Places to Go When You Visit the Cotswolds With Kids

Mette Poynton | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

Every day my family and I consider ourselves lucky to be living in one of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds.

Think You've Got It Bad in Egypt? Try Being an Egyptian Woman

Katie Welsford | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Katie Welsford

Justice in this instance was swift and - dare we say - rather needlessly violent. What is astonishing is that had Sa'id assaulted an Egyptian woman, nothing would have happened...

The Cotswolds Mystery

Mette Poynton | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

One day, all the sheep in The Cotswolds disappeared. All we know for sure, is that one of these people is responsible... but who? It's a mystery!

Brits Have Confidence in England Team as Brazil Buzz Grows

Alison Couper | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Sport
Alison Couper

With just days to go until the Brazil World Cup begins, we're all wondering whether England will make it past the group stages and bring the cup home this year. If travel habits provide an indication of the England team's chances, the outlook is hugely positive for Roy's boys. Searches for hotels in Rio have rocketed by 528% for the period of the final, suggesting that Brits are betting on a repeat of England's 1966 World Cup win...

Pfizer Grabs Headlines But Tourism Is the Industry to Watch

Christopher Rodrigues | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Christopher Rodrigues

British tourism is an export industry which can't be sold to the highest bidder and shipped overseas. Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca has flooded Britain's news channels, eclipsing the air time given to many other valuable sectors.

A Jumbo Problem for the Travel Industry

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Nothing makes a good holiday brochure richer than the generic picture of a couple aloft an elephant, trekking through lush forest. What could be more authentically backpackery than that? A truly 'real' experience - just add some fire-juggling, a full moon party and copious amounts of local spirits and you have 1000 Facebook likes right there...

The Inexorable Rise of Regional Tourism

Christopher Rodrigues | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Christopher Rodrigues

The latest tourism figures are in and they are a cause for celebration. One of VisitBritain's key objectives is to boost the regional spread of inbound tourism to ensure its economic benefits are felt all over Britain. Last year saw that happen, with every nation across the country welcoming an increase in both visitor numbers and tourist spending.

Travellers and Tourists: What Is This Superiority Complex?

Lizzie Davey | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

What I don't understand is this recent need to judge people on the way they travel; on the way they relax; on the way they like to experience the world. I'm sure many people would love to go trekking for three weeks through the jungles of Borneo (and many wouldn't), but the reality is that these days people just don't have the time.

British Tourist's Body Found In Dutch Canal

PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

The body of a British tourist who went missing following a night out in the Dutch city of Leiden has been recovered from a canal. Wayne Davies, 22,...

Visiting Verona - Are You a Sucker For Love or Just a Sucker?

Madame Allsorts | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Madame Allsorts

There is a humorous sense of irony surrounding the amount of visitors that Casa Di Giulietta attracts each year, especially considering that Shakespeare's famous play was a fictional concept, and the balcony in Verona wasn't an original feature of "Juliet's house".

Off the Grid on Wasini Island, Kenya

Eleanor Ross | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Ross

My tuk tuk was definitely not built for a two hour journey along a dirt track. It lurched from pothole to pothole spending most of the trip mid-air, jumping around the road to avoid dead animals and small children.

Britain: A Thoroughly British Export

Sandie Dawe | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Sandie Dawe

Exporting the best of Britain means that more tourists will come, purchase more local goods and services when they're here and, importantly, export and share memories of a fantastic trip back to their own countries...

London Named Third Most Popular Destination in the World

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

"Whether it's to explore the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or to enjoy some of the top attractions including the second most popular cultural institution in the world, the British Museum, London is fast becoming known as the greatest place in the world to visit."

Returning to Belfast as a Tourist

Siobhan Starrs | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Starrs

My links to this city are deep, my mother's family are rooted here. My experience as a resident twenty years ago was one of discomfort, Belfast seemed uncomfortable in its own identity as a place of bombs, bullets and suspicion.

Paris For Free - If You're Under 26

Nola Chesworth | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nola Chesworth

Ah, Paris! You're oh so beautiful, so romantic, and also, somewhat expensive. The chic boutique hotels, the mouth-watering steak frites, un vin rouge along the Boulevard Saint-Michel - just staying, eating and drinking in the French capital can be a costly experience before you even add on the 'must-see' sights of the city.