Free entry to Seaton Jurassic for lottery players 11-17 December

Said to be a “thank you” for lottery funding.

But funding was from previous players, not current ones.

However, it will boost attendance figures for 2017 …

http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/free-entry-to-seaton-jurassic-for-national-lottery-players-1-5311835

“Telegraph: Theresa May starts work on new DUP deal to stop Government collapsing in June 2019”

OUR money. To be spent on tourism in Northern Ireland and cushioning them from Brexit problems.

The first tranche of £1 billion earlier this year allowed Northern Ireland to increase its NHS spending by more than 5%.

Theresa May has started to work on a new deal worth hundreds of millions of pounds with the Democratic Unionist Party to stop her Government collapsing in just over 18 months’ time.

Mrs May’s Government will set out plans to cut Air Passenger Duty and VAT on hotels and restaurants in Northern Ireland in the new year.

The new cash will be on top of the £1billion which Mrs May agreed to spend in Northern Ireland after the DUP’s 10 MPs agree to support her minority administration.

The Treasury has promised to publish its response to the consultation at the next Budget in Autumn next year to allow the changes to be introduced in the 2019/20 tax year.

The talks were signalled in this week’s Budget Red Book, which said: “Early in 2018, the government will publish a call for evidence which will consider the impact of VAT and APD (air passenger duty) on tourism in Northern Ireland, to report at Budget 2018.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/25/exclusive-theresa-may-starts-work-new-dup-deal-stop-government/

Seaside towns: “old-fashioned, “closed off” in winter, difficult to get to

”A report into Britain’s seaside towns says there are still perceptions of them as old-fashioned, closed in the winter and difficult to get to.

The conclusions come from the all-party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy, chaired by St Austell and Newquay Conservative MP, Steve Double.

The group has been looking at how the seaside economy could continue to thrive if and when European funding is withdrawn once the UK has left the EU.

They’ve come up with a list or recommendations which include reducing VAT on tourist accommodation and attractions to 5%, introducing more frequent bus services, and reducing the aggressive behaviour of seagulls in some resorts which have been putting visitors off.

Mr Double said the British coastline was a national asset with great potential and which, with the right investment, could drive regeneration, economic growth and job creation.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-41983530

‘Ladram Bay to hold public meeting over Otterton traffic issues’

“A public meeting is being held in Otterton to allow residents to raise any concerns they have over the flow of traffic through the village.

Following a meeting with holiday park Ladram Bay earlier this year, which was attended by county councillor Claire Wright as well as Otterton parish councillors, a public gathering has been scheduled for Wednesday (November 8).

Writing in her blog, cllr Wright said Ladram Bay director Zoe House has offered to hold the meeting at the holiday park at 7.30pm.

She added: “It was impressed upon the Ladram Bay staff, who will first give a presentation about their business, the main reason for holding such a meeting is for local residents to ask questions.

“I am told that this has been accepted and taken on board.”

There will be a Ladram Bay minibus, seating between eight and 10 people, outside the King’s Arms at 7pm, for those people who are unable to make the trip on their own.”

http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/ladram-bay-holding-public-meeting-otterton-traffic-1-5263057

Amsterdam bans new tourist shops to “prevent Disneyfication”

“Amsterdam has announced a ban on any new shops aimed at tourists – effectively limiting the abundance of places hiring bikes and selling souvenirs, tour tickets and ubiquitous waffles.

After mounting rage from locals – who wrote collectively to the mayor to protest against the “Disneyfication” of the city centre a year ago – the Dutch capital has decided that no more tourist shops will get licences in the central area.

“Nowhere else in the world has such a decision been made,” said Kajsa Ollongren, deputy mayor. “The balance is missing. We are only getting more of the same, and that is not good for our quality of life.”

It is estimated that there are 280 such shops in the centre, while tourist numbers have increased to 17 million visitors a year in the latest estimates – a tenth of them hosted by Airbnb, according to research by Colliers International.

But while some are making money, not everyone is happy. In May, chief executive of Amsterdam Marketing Frans van der Avert told a tourism conference that the city was aiming to ‘increase the quality of visitors’, rather than hosting tourists ‘with no respect for [its] character.

Amsterdam has put up tourist taxes, and on October 1, a new licencing system was imposed for anyone wanting to rent out their house short term – with fines of at least €6,000 for failure to comply, and a limit of 60 days annually.

The latest ban will apply immediately in the city centre and 40 shopping streets, meaning no new licences will be granted for things like ticket shops, bike rental companies, cheese, doughnut and ice-cream sellers.

“By not allowing new tourist shops to open we make sure our city centre remains attractive and liveable for Amsterdammers and our visitors,” said Ollongren, who heads economic affairs.

“Tourists are very welcome, but we want to avoid mass tourism taking over entire streets and neighbourhoods.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/amsterdam-bans-new-tourist-shopsto-combatdisneyfication-city/

Boris: “clear the dead bodies away” and Sirte in Libya will be a great tourist site

“Theresa May is facing further calls to sack Boris Johnson after he said that a war-torn Libyan city only has to “clear the dead bodies away” to become a world-class tourist and business destination.

Johnson was accused by Labour of being “unbelievably crass, callous and cruel” about those who died in the battle to reclaim Sirte from Islamic State (Isis), after he was asked at the Conservative party conference what it was like visiting Libya as foreign secretary.

Speaking about the potential of Sirte, the Libyan city where Muammar Gaddafi was killed, Johnson drew gasps and embarrassed laughter from the audience as he said: “There’s a group of UK business people, wonderful guys who want to invest in Sirte, on the coast, near where Gaddafi was actually captured and executed as some of you may have seen. And they literally have a brilliant vision to turn Sirte, with the help of the municipality of Sirte, to turn it into the next Dubai.

“The only thing they’ve got to do is clear the dead bodies away and then they’ll be there.” …”

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/03/sirte-can-become-a-holiday-destination-if-it-clears-the-dead-bodies-says-johnson