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Forward bookings surge for coastal B&Bs

Forward bookings surge for coastal B&Bs

A survey of more than 5,000 UK B&Bs has revealed a surge in bookings post…

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Google’s digital skills training comes to Brighton!

Google’s digital skills training comes to Brighton!

Google is offering the local businesses and residents of Brighton free digital skills training with…

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​Shore Potential: Connecting the past with the future

​Shore Potential: Connecting the past with the future

NCTA’s director Sam Richardson, was recently a keynote speaker at the Seaside Heritage Network’s conference…

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What do walkers want from the coast?

What do walkers want from the coast?

It’s National Walking Month this May. According to a recent survey

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Google partners with National Coastal Tourism Academy to offer free digital skills workshops to coastal destinations

Google partners with National Coastal Tourism Academy to offer free digital skills workshops to coastal destinations

Google partners with National Coastal…

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​Media to drive Bank Holiday surge to the coast?

​Media to drive Bank Holiday surge to the coast?

Always a subjective choice, but great to see our beautiful coastline gaining national recognition again…

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Five Interesting facts about attracting customers with dogs!

Five Interesting facts about attracting customers with dogs!

Find out how to attract the lucrative hound pound to your tourism business Starting…

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How to attract more: Families

How to attract more: Families

In 2015 families made up the highest proportion of visitors to the English coast,…

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Let’s work together to boost coastal tourism in England.

Let’s work together to boost coastal tourism in England.

Last week we released the Vision for the coast, an…

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Outlook is sunny for the coast!

Outlook is sunny for the coast!

There’s been much talk about business performance and confidence post Brexit. To gauge the barometer,…

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Coastal Tourism Forum - Vision for the Future

Coastal Tourism Forum - Vision for the Future

It was fantastic to see more than 100 delegates at our first Coastal Tourism Forum…

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We do like to be beside the seaside!

We do like to be beside the seaside!

Whilst many people thought that post-Brexit we would see a downturn in tourism this hasn’t…

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Brexit – impact on coastal tourism

Brexit – impact on coastal tourism

To update, the Tourism Alliance's tourism survey shows that Brexit has prompted an increase in…

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NCTA hits the road!

NCTA hits the road!

Last week I undertook the first of my coastal ‘regional roadshow’ visits, meeting destination and…

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Help our Great British Coast reach its potential

Help our Great British Coast reach its potential

Over the course of the summer, millions of us will visit the Great British…

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​Tourism Minister launches coastal tourism report

​Tourism Minister launches coastal tourism report

Tourism Minister David Evennett gave his solid support and commitment for coastal tourism today when…

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#NCTAmasterclass - Interpret personality types for better customer care

#NCTAmasterclass - Interpret personality types for better customer care

I just don’t understand you! A #NCTAmasterclass with Andy EdwardsThis week we hosted our seventh…

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Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall shares his views on our latest research

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall shares his views on our latest research

This research on the views, attitudes and response…

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New research into the Under 35s visitor market

New research into the Under 35s visitor market

Our latest research reveals that young people are missing out on the huge opportunities of…

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Apprentices - Young People buy from Young People!

Apprentices - Young People buy from Young People!

National Apprenticeship Week was launched on Monday at London’s Shard with Business Secretary Sajid Javid…

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Destination Insight: Tourism Trends

Destination Insight: Tourism Trends

Thanks to NewcastleGateshead Initiative for an interesting day last week focussing on Destination Research.We began…

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​Stirred up for success

​Stirred up for success

For career inspiration, nothing beats listening to the success stories, people who’ve started small and…

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​What does it take to be the best on the coast?

​What does it take to be the best on the coast?

Drive along any popular coastal resort on a wintry day…

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Latest Master Class - Modest start to Michelin success!

Latest Master Class - Modest start to Michelin success!

This week we hosted the fourth in our series of Master Classes designed to motivate…

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Latest Master Class - Strive for Progress, not Perfection

Latest Master Class - Strive for Progress, not Perfection

This week we hosted our third Master Class for hospitality staff looking for inspiring ideas…

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​Sweet Flavour of success

​Sweet Flavour of success

This week we hosted our second Masterclass for hospitality staff looking for inspiring ideas and…

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​Coastal Communities – poised for growth

​Coastal Communities – poised for growth

Destinations from around the coast converged this week in Skegness for the Coastal…

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​Leapfrog your way to the top

​Leapfrog your way to the top

This week we hosted our first Masterclass for hospitality staff keen to see their careers…

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A great time at the British Destinations Conference in Blackpool!

A great time at the British Destinations Conference in Blackpool!

British Destinations Conference 5th - 6th October We received…

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Destination FeelGood celebration!

Destination FeelGood celebration!

Last week we headed to London in celebration of Destination FeelGood, a collaborative project…

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​Do young people love to be beside the seaside?

​Do young people love to be beside the seaside?

The National Trust’s new report on trips to the coast has grabbed the…

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​The forecast’s looking bright!

​The forecast’s looking bright!

Good news from VisitEngland! Their latest statistics show a four per cent rise…

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​Time to fast track hospitality careers?

​Time to fast track hospitality careers?

We read with interest ‘Skills and Productivity’ a new report out this week…

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Being SMART With Your Business

Being SMART With Your Business

As part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning, a week-long event showcasing its…

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Group Travel Business Forum and Awards

Group Travel Business Forum and Awards

Landor Publications – owners of Group Travel Organiser magazine – ran their annual Group Travel…

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​Getting Social

​Getting Social

Tourism relies on positive social interactions – potential visitors hearing about new places to visit,…

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​Coastal Tourism in 2015 – our new report!

​Coastal Tourism in 2015 – our new report!

The state of English seaside resorts is a jumbled picture. Only last weekend,

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What’s loyalty worth?

What’s loyalty worth?

What's loyalty worth?In an increasingly crowded business environment with consumers bombarded by messages…

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NCTA Masterclass - Google Analytics

NCTA Masterclass - Google Analytics

“So, how was your journey?"You automatically ask this question to guests, colleagues, business contacts and…

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Over 65s - huge untapped potential

Over 65s - huge untapped potential

Ignore the over 65 age group at your peril! This market shelled out some £37…

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The biggest tourism challenge the UK faces?

The biggest tourism challenge the UK faces?

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s wide-ranging report into Tourism has been released this week…

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Tourism Constituency Day - Bournemouth MPs get hands on!

Tourism Constituency Day - Bournemouth MPs get hands on!

(Picture: Conor Burns MP with trainee College chefs) Friday 20 March, is designated Tourism…

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Why not take on an apprentice?

Why not take on an apprentice?

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, 9-13 March. Co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency, it’s…

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​It’s official – the outlook is sunnier on the coast!

​It’s official – the outlook is sunnier on the coast!

According to a new report from the University of Exeter…

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​NCTA submission to the Government’s Select Inquiry on Tourism

​NCTA submission to the Government’s Select Inquiry on Tourism

NCTA submission to the Government’s Select Inquiry on TourismThe New…

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WTM – future forecasts

WTM – future forecasts

A record figure of delegates attended this week’s World Travel Market in London,…

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​Creating a step change in coastal tourism

​Creating a step change in coastal tourism

Now that the NCTA is moving into its second phase, we’ve produced a new booklet…

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Is health the key to a healthier visitor economy?

Is health the key to a healthier visitor economy?

Wellbeing in the context of tourism is an ambiguous term. What constitutes a wellbeing break…

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Are you ready for winter?

Are you ready for winter?

Who could forget last winter’s distressing images of battered coastlines, strewn with brightly coloured beach-hut…

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Are Coastal Resorts Really Accessible?

Are Coastal Resorts Really Accessible?

Are Coastal Resorts Really Accessible?There are approximately 12 million disabled people in the UK with…

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​Promoting health and wellbeing in Dorset

​Promoting health and wellbeing in Dorset

Bournemouth University and the National Coastal Tourism Academy have won funding from The Economic and…

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​On the road to destination innovation!

​On the road to destination innovation!

Innovation is now such a buzzword as to be almost a cliché. Organisations are restless…

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​VisitEngland Strategic Framework – 2014 Progress Report

​VisitEngland Strategic Framework – 2014 Progress Report

VisitEngland has published its Strategic Framework for Tourism 2010-2020 Annual Progress Report 2014. The ten…

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Coastal Communities Fund – safeguarding coastal tourism’s future

Coastal Communities Fund – safeguarding coastal tourism’s future

The importance of coastal tourism to the economy should be unequivocal. More than 11 million…

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Brits are boomerang tourists

Brits are boomerang tourists

A new survey from LV=travel insurance has revealed that a staggering 60 per cent of…

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Coastal tourism - on Parliament’s agenda

Coastal tourism - on Parliament’s agenda

In the run up to the next general election, tourism is increasingly gaining the attention…

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British Destinations Annual Conference

British Destinations Annual Conference

British Destinations Annual Conference Southport June 16-17th British Destinations held their annual conference in Southport…

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New jobs created at Quarters of Southbourne

New jobs created at Quarters of Southbourne

Fourteen jobs have been created at a new restaurant in Southbourne thanks to engagement with…

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Welcome to Bournemouth: a staff handbook for our town

Welcome to Bournemouth: a staff handbook for our town

Have you recently recruited new staff? We’ve just produced a Welcome to Bournemouth booklet…

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Future of seaside tourism

Future of seaside tourism

VisitEngland is reviewing its Seaside Resorts Action Plan, produced in 2010 as part of the…

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Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014 - new Tourism Council

Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014 - new Tourism Council

Changing the face of the tourism industry – the Hospitality & Tourism SummitThe Minister of…

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​Tourism Minister calls for a plug to industry skills shortage

​Tourism Minister calls for a plug to industry skills shortage

At the Institute of Travel and Tourism’s conference this week…

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Can tourism keep up with technology

Can tourism keep up with technology

Can tourism keep up with technology?Surprise is unlikely to be anyone’s reaction to the latest…

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English Tourism Week - the case for Tourism

English Tourism Week - the case for Tourism

Making the case for tourismSince today is the start of English Tourism Week, what better…

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Response needed to flooding crisis

Response needed to flooding crisis

At last! The blame game appears to have fizzled out, giving way to practical suggestions.I…

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​Coastal tourism - working together

​Coastal tourism - working together

Five and a half hours on three trains and two tube connections for an overnight…

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We Love Bournemouth! A new campaign from the Academy

We Love Bournemouth! A new campaign from the Academy

#WELOVEBOURNEMOUTHThe Academy has just launched a brand new on-line campaign We Love Bournemouth.…

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We reach a milestone for Bournemouth Ambassadors

We reach a milestone for Bournemouth Ambassadors

This month, we passed the thousand milestone for the number of people who have undertaken…

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A new year and a chance to take stock and move forward

A new year and a chance to take stock and move forward

It’s incredibly encouraging to hear news from almost all our…

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​Dorset Destination Management Organisation

​Dorset Destination Management Organisation

Dorset Destination Management Organisation recently held its first steering group meeting, with full representation from…

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Could you join the scouts?

Could you join the scouts?

The National Coastal Tourism Academy is searching for hundreds of ‘scouts’ in a new campaign…

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What happens when you cross co-operation with competition?

What happens when you cross co-operation with competition?

The simple answer: “co-opetition”. But is it just a catchy neologism, or a concept that…

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UK Tourism is top for economic recovery!

UK Tourism is top for economic recovery!

When the Bank of England governor Mark Carney announced that the UK economic recovery had…

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