There was a moment during the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated environment speech when something quite unexpected happened. For the majority of the 25 minutes, Theresa May attempted to communicate the contents and commitments of the 151-page Environment Plan (PDF, 11MB). Emphasis was given to the recent progress in banning microbeads as well as the nine billion fewer plastic bags used following the introduction of the 5p charge in retail outlets across the UK. Yet, what stood out was not so much the bedazzling spread of content. Instead, it was a rare admission.Seeming to go momentarily off script, May described how commonly today ‘we look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past,’ citing the historical dumping of toxic chemical into rivers. ‘In years to come,’ she added, ‘I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.’The PM could easily have been talking … [Read more...] about Does the UK government’s 25-Year Environment Plan go far enough? Featured
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There was a moment during the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated environment speech when something quite unexpected happened. For the majority of the 25 minutes, Theresa May attempted to communicate the contents and commitments of the 151-page Environment Plan (PDF, 11MB). Emphasis was given to the recent progress in banning microbeads as well as the nine billion fewer plastic bags used following the introduction of the 5p charge in retail outlets across the UK. Yet, what stood out was not so much the bedazzling spread of content. Instead, it was a rare admission.Seeming to go momentarily off script, May described how commonly today ‘we look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past,’ citing the historical dumping of toxic chemical into rivers. ‘In years to come,’ she added, ‘I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.’The PM could easily have been talking … [Read more...] about Does the UK government’s 25-Year Environment Plan go far enough?
Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) advocacy platform on behalf of PATA members, PATA CEO Martin J. Craigs met with Lord Stephen Green, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on July 9.“Lord Green’s invitation reflects the importance he attaches to PATA as a strategic organisation with global reach and influence.”Hub City Forum held in London on 5th July 2012.UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) was having a detrimental impact on the travel and tourism industry, not least because of the rise in the tax by 8% as of April 1, 2012. The amount raised from this tax was more than the combined projected profits of all 233 IATA airlines in 2012.The EU Emissions Trading Scheme “A Global solution via ICAO was the long term goal, which IATA is energetically working on.”UK Aviation StrategyThe Heathrow ExperienceSecurity Issues and the UK Border AgencyPossible PATA Event, London, March 2013Photo: Lord Stephen … [Read more...] about PATA CEO meets UK Government Minister to raise concerns
Tourism Society 2009 Annual Conference unanimously agreed that the tourism industry has the potential to save the UK economy. The conference included presentations from different regions and sectors of the industry, kicking off with a keynote speech from Nigel Leacock MTS, Managing Director of Lloyds TSB Cardnet who warned the UK recession could continue into 2010. The new Chairman of VisitEngland, Penelope Lady Cobham FTS, stated that 87% of the people who took an English break or holiday last year said they plan to do so again this year. She went on to say “there are few other opportunities for sustainable growth for Britain emerging from this recession. Inbound tourism and the British staying at home instead of going abroad are capable of generating massive economic gains”.“if they are only looking at return on investment they would spend their entire budget on tourism marketing.”Thomas Ingilby FTS from Ripley Castle announced that the £30million … [Read more...] about Tourism can save the UK economy
Brian Deeson, interim President and CEO of PATA, the Pacific Asia Travel Association."At a time when the travel and tourism industry is facing an unprecedented threat to long term financial stability we see a government in Europe imposing tax increases which pose a real threat to jobs and businesses not only in the UK but in destinations across the Asia Pacific region", says Brian Deeson."PATA is an organisation committed totally to sustainable development in travel and tourism. This move by the UK government is simply about increasing revenues for the state under the very dubious cover of consolidating its green credentials.""Ironically this is a move by the British government that could easily backfire. Travellers seeking value on long-haul routes may now choose an airport in mainland Europe as their principal point of entry and exit. This will increase short-haul traffic to and from the UK and increase carbon emissions. Long haul flights, by comparison, are more … [Read more...] about PATA questions UK government policy on air departure taxes
Australian tourism industry, young travellers in the United Kingdom have voted Australia as the destination they most want to visit next, Tourism Australia Managing Director, Scott Morrison said.“According to the latest Lonely Planet poll, young travellers in the UK have voted Australia as the destination they most want to visit next,” Scott Morrison said.“In welcome news for the tourism industry, Australia has moved up from third place last year and has this year outpolled the United States, Thailand, Spain, New Zealand, India and Italy. A key objective of the ‘So where the bloody hell are you?’ campaign is to generate excitement around Australia as a destination and to refresh Australia in the mind of consumers such as backpackers and other young travellers.”“Young international travellers can now work with one employer for up to six months and extend their study time from three to four months. The Australian Government clearly understands … [Read more...] about Australia number one in the UK
Overseas visitors to the UK will not be deterred by high VAT providing sterling remains weak against key inbound currencies, reveals a report released on May 25 at WTM Vision Conference – London. Euromonitor International Head of Travel and Tourism Research Caroline Bremner told delegates this morning that the exchange rate plays a greater role rather than in-country taxes, although the latter will be a factor. Sterling weakness against the euro makes the UK attractive to visitors from key markets such as France and Germany, Bremner said. At the same time, sterling has strengthened against the dollar, making the UK less attractive to the key US inbound market in the short to medium term. The recent Royal Wedding will result in an increase of visitors this year which confuses the picture. Furthermore, the report – Travel Industry Global Overview - states the UK’s VAT hike to 20% this year will have an impact on visitors’ spending while in the UK, warning that … [Read more...] about VAT and exchange rates to dictate UK inbound growth
KBC China Travel Marketing will operate as a joint venture marketing partnership between Kate Burgess-Craddy and Helena Beard (both of KBC PR & Marketing), and Alina Xiang of Beijing, China. Ms Xiang is the Managing Director of United Branding, an award-winning Chinese travel PR and representation agency with offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. ‘China offers immense opportunities to global tourism destinations, but, as a country to do business in, it is challenging. Our aim is to take away all the hard work for destinations which want to reach this lucrative market. Rather than having to source a Chinese representative, and process all the administration and red tape which goes with that, we are offering them the opportunity to work through KBC, a UK company which has been established in the market for fifteen years.’‘The UK government’s recent decision to relax the visa application process for Chinese nationals visiting the UK presents another … [Read more...] about UK Representation & PR Agency moves into China
When Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow was released in 2004, its mixture of science and fiction caused a stir. The film’s disaster montage of super storm-waves crashing through New York City, serial tornadoes in Los Angeles and an Ice Age in Europe alarmed viewers and irritated scientists, given that they occurred at an impossible pace. However, the change of the northern hemisphere’s climate to a colder reality ‘is not unrealistic’ says Professor Sybren Drijfhout, a researcher from the University of Southampton and lead author of a new report that explores some of the real science behind the Hollywood fiction.Fundamentally, the movie exaggerates what could happen to the northern hemisphere if a vital current in the great ocean ‘conveyor belt’ – the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) – were to collapse as a result of global warming. Using one of the leading climate models in the world, … [Read more...] about Could ‘the Day After Tomorrow’ really happen?
The report, ‘Responding to a Changing Arctic’, states that without a specific Arctic representative, the UK is in danger of being ‘outmanoeuvred’ in the region by countries that do have them, leaving it powerless both in promoting its own interests in the Arctic (in sectors such as fossil fuel extraction and new shipping routes) and in decisions about conserving the region.It criticises the UK’s recent attempts at engagement with the region as being too hesitant and cautious, stating: ‘the UK’s approach needs to be more strategic, better coordinated and more self-confident and proactive, or the UK risks being outmanoeuvred by other states with less experience in the Arctic.’‘The Arctic is changing in front of our eyes. That change is momentous and unprecedented,’ declared Lord Teverson, chairman of the House of Lords Arctic Committee. ‘It will bring both difficulties and opportunities and it is vital that the UK takes … [Read more...] about Arctic ambassador advised for UK