UK Tourism

High Street Sales Soar After Heatwave And Tourism Boost

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK

British shops enjoyed a boost in retail sales after consumers were lured outside by the sunshine and more tourists came to visit, official figures ind...

Yangtze River Cruise: A Tale Of Ancient And Modern China (PICTURES)

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

A typical Yangtze river cruise takes place over four days, travelling east towards Yichang. The journey takes in the famous Three Gorges (iconic valleys between towering mountain peaks), day trips to relocated towns, a peapod boat trip down the Shennong Stream, and a trip through the dam itself.

Five of the Coolest Ski Chalets Available to Rent

Oliver Corkhill | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Corkhill

When most people are asked to picture a ski chalet they'll conjure up picture perfect postcard images of traditional wooden chalets. More and more contemporary properties are now being built in the mountains whether completely from scratch or by renovating traditional chalets and bringing them into the 21st century.

Playing to Our Strengths - Heritage, Babies and Boosting Brand Britain

Sandie Dawe | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK
Sandie Dawe

Looking back at royal baby week, one can't help but realise the global reach of such occasions and the positive knock on effects for international tourism. Judging by the international media gathered in London for the birth of Prince George, Britain's profile has undoubtedly been lifted, with images and footage splashed across newspapers and TV sets globally... Hosting the very best national broadcasters from around the world puts us front of mind once again and reinvigorates our brand as we seek to maintain the momentum of the Royal Wedding, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and of course the 2012 Olympic Games.

Holidays in the Sun: Now I Gotta Reason...

Neil Durkin | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Durkin

Whether you go to the Canary Islands, Corfu or Florida (three favourite destinations), you might come back with a new love of the country, a desire to go back, and even a feeling that you'd like to support campaigns to promote better human rights in those countries...

Cash Bonds for Colonies: A New Form of Racism

Balaji Ravichandran | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Balaji Ravichandran

In 2012, 56.5 million people travelled abroad from the UK for the purposes of tourism. Suppose each of them were asked to pay a cash bond of £3,000 by their host countries, where do you think that number would stand?

Best Eco Friendly Resorts in Thailand (PICTURES)

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

Stepping out of the luxury speedboat sent to pick up guests of Soneva Kiri, the calm atmosphere of the resort has a tangible quality. As the latest addition to the hugely successful resort range pioneered developed by husband and wife team, Sonu Shivdasani and Eva Malmström Shivdasani, Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood island is a flawless, high-end version of what it means to have an eco-friendly holiday.

The 'I' of the Tiger

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Tigers are dying and they will become extinct if we don't do something now. So what's the 'I' of the Tiger? It means everyone, in every country, every one of you, can do something to help, something right now.

Iraqi Kurdistan - The Hidden Jewel of the Middle East?

Gary Kent | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Somewhere near Dohuk and the 4,000 year old town where the three wise men possibly began their journey to Bethlehem is a Christian monastery set high on a mountain with commanding views of tremendous scenery. Sadly, our driver had no idea where it was and I only managed to get directions by e mailing a friend in Hawaii.

Why Are Brits Behaving Well Abroad?

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Robin Lustig

It's not all good news, though, because, and again I quote: "Reported rape and sexual assault cases increased by 10 per cent compared to 2011-12. The three countries in which the largest number of cases were reported were Spain, Turkey and Greece."

Running Into Trouble: Can the Spanish Be Proud of Their 'Bull' Culture Without Being Barbaric?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Mansbridge

People of Spain: Say no to these embarrassingly un-macho and old-fashioned barbaric practices. We'll do all we can at this end to support you and bring the focus back to all the magical and positive parts of your endearing culture.

Health Warnings As Hottest Day Of The Year Arrives

PA | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK

England and Wales basked in scorching temperatures on Saturday as the hottest day of the year so far arrived. But the heat has prompted warnings fr...

Why Go Camping?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Hiking and camping isn't so simple. It has taken me a month of trial and (mostly) error to realize that I didn't need to bring anything at all. I could have bought everything I needed in the camping shop by the bus station in Chanea, Crete's main port, where I did in fact buy an excellent sleeping bag and mat.

Things to Know About London From Someone Who Is As Foreign As

Felicity Ward | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Felicity Ward

Everyone's read the Lonely Planet and knows the whereabouts of Big Ben. But there are some more helpful hints that every Australian should know when first coming to this fair city. I've been here a few times over the years and have learnt the hard way. I've been on the receiving end of eye-rolls that have left a bruise. So this is my personal guide to surviving London without being called a twat.

10 Great, Cheap Student Holidays

The Huffington Post UK | Fionn Shiner | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Europe. Been there, done that, got the tacky t-shirt. Who would want to go there? It's mainstream, jampacked with annoying tourists, and so, so, expen...

Which Two European Cities came Joint First For Rudest Cab Drivers?

PA | PA | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Paris and Rome may be hell to drive in but taking taxis in the two cities is hardly much better, according to a survey. Cabbies in the French and I...

Sri Lanka - Sun, Sea, Torture and Impunity

Allan Hogarth | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a "country of contrast". Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level a popular tourist destination... In contrast it also detains its citizens without trial, restricts freedom of expression, arrests members of the judiciary, stands accused of committing war crimes and routinely tortures.

That's Why Mums Shouldn't Go to Iceland (Or Dads, Kids... Indeed Anyone)

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

After a two year voluntary ban, Iceland has resumed commercial whaling - against international opinion and against the mandates of the International Whaling Commission, which Iceland doesn't recognise.

From Bucharest to Brasov: Is Romania the Next Big Thing?

Lizzie Davey | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

Let's face it; Romania isn't a tourist hotspot. Visitors don't flock to it like they do to Paris and it is definitely no Costa del Sol. In fact, at many of the obvious tourist points such as train stations and guide book attractions, it's difficult to find anyone who speaks English. This is no bad thing at all.

Who Benefits From a Luxury Hotel in Tibet?

Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren

The InterContinental Resort Lhasa Paradise will be marketed on the back of a peaceful, unspoiled land and an ancient, spiritual culture. That will doubtless attract the tourists - it also benefits the regime that has occupied and oppressed Tibet for more than 60 years.

Only 3 Days Left to Nominate - All Ends on Friday!

Lara Solomon | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

The race is almost over for this year's 10th World Responsible Tourism Awards hosted at the World Travel Market and sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism.

Tourism in Iraq

Gary Kent | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

When commentators were vociferously claiming that Iraq had gone to hell in a handcart following the invasion of ten years ago, I took my wife and son to Iraq for a holiday. I know that most people would think it eccentric to put 'holiday' and 'Iraq' in the same sentence but they are missing out.

I Left My Heart in the Motor City

Laura Potts | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Potts

If it's possible to capitalise on the idea that your city is special because it perennially has one of the highest homicide rates in the Western world (2012's stats: around 400); or because people flock from around the globe to experience its unique brand of 'ruin porn'; or because it's a badge of honour to survive such a notoriously dystopian landscape - then Detroit is setting a new standard for self-promotion.

New Britain Tourism Strategy Will Attract Nine Million Extra Visitors a Year

Sandie Dawe | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK
Sandie Dawe

Few British industries are as strong as travel and tourism, and few have such growth potential. But achieving this will not be easy. It requires an unprecedented level of collaboration and partnership between the travel industry, the public sector and Government.

Beautiful Britain: Idyllic Locations

Zahra Razavi | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

From the loveliness of our coastlines to the fabulous fields of the countryside, this country has much to offer - to visitors and residents alike. I only recently realised that I haven't seen nearly enough of it, spending my time travelling abroad more than I have around my home nation.