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24 Apr 2018

Cream of tourism crop revealed with VisitEngland's latest Awards for Excellence

VisitEngland has named the best Britain's tourism industry has to offer, announcing the winners its annual Awards for Excellence. [more...]

24 Apr 2018

HLF invests in Skills for the Future campaign with Welsh railway training scheme

Wales' biggest tourist railway has secured national lottery funding to support an ambitious training scheme encouraging careers in the heritage sector. [more...]

24 Apr 2018

Scotland targets alco-tourism with £150m investment into Scotch Whisky projects

Britain's largest alcohol distiller is looking to take a leaf out of Ireland's booming alco- tourism trade by announcing plans to invest £150m (US$209m, €171.3m) into initiatives promoting whisky tourism at sites and distilleries across Scotland. [more...]

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Mapping the Museum Digital Skills Ecosystem: New research aims to transform digital use in museums

New research aimed at transforming the ways museums in the UK use digital technologies to share their collections and engage new audiences with their work, has suggested that the key to success lies within improving digital literacy of staff across all levels. [more...]

Exclusive: Thorpe Park's Dominic Jones upping the ante with new immersive ride experiences

Dominic Jones, the man in charge of Britain's Thorpe Park, wants to up the ante when it comes to theme parks, with plans to take its IPs to a whole new level as part of an immersive ride experiences. [more...]

Earth Day 2018: Remove plastics from World Heritage Sites, says Unesco

Unesco has sent out a message on Earth Day 2018, calling for an end to plastic pollution at World Heritage sites. [more...]

Prepare the youth to protect world heritage in the future, says Unesco

Mechtild Rössler, director of Unesco's World Heritage Centre, has said the youth population must be prepared to protect the world's heritage for future generations. [more...]

Airbnb opens 'Office of Healthy Tourism' in effort to boost local communities

Airbnb has launched a new initiative, designed to help travellers find new holiday destinations and counteract the tourism saturation of major cities worldwide. [more...]

UK government's House of Lords says ethics must take centre stage when developing artificial intelligence

The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has published a report calling for the Law Commission to establish new laws surrounding advancements in the field, with current laws deemed insufficiently able to protect AI users from systems malfunction or the potential risk of harm. [more...]

In brief:

Under-25s to benefit from £5 tickets to Tate’s exhibitions @Tate @TateCollective @mbalshaw @MattHancock [more...]
Green light granted for @Hawkins_Brown's mixed-use masterplan for historic mill [more...]
Official royal residence could generate millions for Welsh tourism economy, says study [more...]
'Absolute unit' sends rural life museum viral @TheMERL [more...]
London's Natural History Museum commits to clean oceans with plastic bottle initiative @NHM_London [more...]
Dorchester’s new museum brings "200 years of crime" to life @westdorsetdc [more...]
Record number of cruise liners to provide Northern Ireland tourism boost in 2018 @VisitBelfast @BelfastHarbour [more...]
Swansea council strikes deal for 'state-of-the-art' waterfront arena with vast digital façade @acme_london @SwanseaCouncil @ATGTICKETS [more...]
Heritage masterplan for Edinburgh sets out sustainable tourism model for World Heritage Site @EdinburghWH @Edinburgh_CC @HistEnvScot [more...]
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