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16 Jul 2018

British space tourism one small step closer as Scotland confirmed to host UK's first spaceport

The Scottish Highlands are set to become the hub for British space travel, a sector which could be worth an estimated £3.8bn (US$5bn, €4.3bn) to the UK's economy. [more...]

16 Jul 2018

Tourism bodies welcome Brexit paper "with caution"

The UK travel industry has offered a "cautious welcome" to the government’s Brexit white paper, after the document acknowledged some of the sector's key concerns – such as worries over barriers being created for people visiting the UK from EU. [more...]

13 Jul 2018

Good weather leads to tourism industry sizzle for Britain

The current heatwave in Britain has resulted in an economic upturn for the country’s tourism sector. [more...]

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Scientists urge London's Science Museum to end fossil fuel partnerships

A collection of nearly 50 scientists has urged the London Science Museum to end three oil company partnerships, with the collective arguing the sponsorships are "undermining" the museum as a scientific institution. [more...]

Belmond opts for youth for Cadogan project

Global luxury travel brand Belmond has chosen two young designers to bring on board for its Belmond Hotel Cadogan in Chelsea, London, to supply design products for the hotel’s scheduled reopening later this year. [more...]

Denizen envisions vertical gallery for Scottish Highlands' Inverewe Garden

Plans have been lodged by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) to build a vertical gallery and bird hide in a 19th-century botanical garden in the country's Highlands. [more...]

10,000 art works to be moved for Buckingham Palace renovations

More than 10,000 works of art from the British royal family's private collection will be relocated during the £369m (US$489.6m, €416.8m) refurbishment of Buckingham Palace, with some of the works to potentially be loaned out to public institutions. [more...]

English Heritage launches campaign after survey reveals children more likely to experience a castle in fiction than reality

English Heritage has launched a new campaign for families to visit its castles, after a survey by the organisation revealed that children's memories of castles are more than twice as likely to have come from film and fiction instead of a real-life visit. [more...]

Jeremy Wright named new culture secretary as part of "Brexit chaos" reshuffle

Jeremy Wright, the MP for Kenilworth and Southam, has been named Britain's new culture secretary following a tumultuous 24 hours for the Conservative government which saw the resignations of both Boris Johnson and David Davis. [more...]

In brief:

Tate St Ives wins Art Fund's Museum of the Year prize for 2018 @Tate_StIves @artfund [more...]
Tourism minister @Michael_Ellis1 throws his weight behind youth travel – "the considerable contribution from youth travelers could be more widely acknowledged" @betauk #Tourism [more...]
Manchester launches new cycling and walking network, Puregym acquires Soho Gyms, U2 announces plans for a music attraction and work starts on a new £10m spa at Carden Park. [more...]
Latest winners announced for £40m Discover England Fund @VisitEngland [more...]
Northern Irish hotels report 2017 boom in uptake #leisure #ukhotels [more...]
RAF museum relaunches following major £26m redevelopment @RAFMUSEUM @RoyalAirForce [more...]
U2 plans new attraction in place of iconic Dublin recording studios @U2 [more...]
MuseumNext 2018: Community in culture as global initiative seeks to spread inclusion message @MuseumNext @ninaksimon [more...]
Edinburgh's youth tourism campaign targets 3.5 million visitors @VisitScotland #UncoverEdinburgh [more...]
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