Quality in Tourism attended the TMI Annual Convention

Quality in Tourism attended the Tourism Management Institute Annual Convention at the end of November. This year the event focused on the new attractions available in London and Leicester and there were many great seminars and exhibits. James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland also told delegates about the work that VisitEngland is doing to develop tourism as well as providing some fascinating statistics and trends.
  • The English Visitor economy contributes £106 billion to the nation's economy from direct and indirect impacts and supports 2.6 million jobs.
  • The population is changing over the next 10 years, the number of older people will increase and as baby boomers hit retirement age, catering for this group will be vital.
  • The traditional family unit is less common than it once was but this isn't always recognised by businesses.
  • Since 2006, there has been an increase of over 100% in the number of domestic trips booked online.
  • Mobile devices have changed how we use the internet, yet not all businesses have a website and if they do it's not always mobile enabled.
  • Despite the recession, spending on leisure and recreation has held up. Although money may be tight, work life balance is vital but value and the role of good deals will remain crucial.
  • It's not just about the big holiday any more, the average English holiday is getting shorter and shorter with people taking a portfolio of trips.
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