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Visit Britain Updates

Currently, US travelers are still required to quarantine upon arrival to the UK, however these decisions are being re-evaluated regularly. For the most current information on travel updates and restrictions to the UK, please continue to visit gov.uk.

The US is an incredibly important market for the UK, its largest and most valuable inbound visitor market, with our tourism businesses welcoming millions of US visitors every year.

Our job right now, while Americans dream of future travels, is to ensure that every aspect of the tourism industry is as safe as possible and ready to go for your return.

Since the start of the British tourism industry reopening last month, we’ve seen Britain come back to life – even if we can only admire from afar.

With major attractions opening their doors, such as the Tower of London, London Eye, and the National Gallery (did you hear? the Duchess of Cornwall paid her first visit back just last week!), our industry mark, We’re Good To Go, has served as a ring of confidence for both businesses and guests during this time. Over 30,000 businesses have joined the scheme – and that number continues to rise. When Americans are able to travel to Britain once again, our tourism industry will be ready to welcome you with open (and clean) arms!

VisitEngland Partners with National Tourist Organisations to Launch Industry Standard for UK Tourism

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the industry.

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: 

“I want to encourage the public to experience a great British holiday this summer and be confident that they can do so safely. “This new industry standard will show people that tourism businesses, destinations and attractions are adhering to the guidance. It puts safety first and is an important move in getting this industry back up and running.”

“I want to encourage the public to experience a great British holiday this summer and be confident that they can do so safely. “This new industry standard will show people that tourism businesses, destinations and attractions are adhering to the guidance. It puts safety first and is an important move in getting this industry back up and running.”

VisitEngland Director Patricia Yates said:

“With millions of jobs and local economies across the country reliant on tourism it is essential that businesses can get up and running as soon as the respective Government advice allows to capture the peak British summer season.

“We want visitors to be able to enjoy their holidays and to support businesses to be confident they have the correct procedures in place. Our priority is to make sure tourism rebounds to once again become one of the most successful sectors of the UK economy and this ‘ring of confidence’ is a crucial step on the industry’s road to rebuilding.”

To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through the online platform including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the We’re Good To Go mark for display in their premises and online.

Businesses across the UK are assessed according to their respective national guidance including the social distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place. In England businesses align with the UK Government’s official guidance for the sector including ‘Working Safely during COVID-19: Visitor Economy’. An ‘alert’ system ensures that businesses signed up to the standard are notified of any changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service provides support and assessors would also carry-out random spot-checks to ensure adherence.

The scheme has been developed in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales to ensure a standard-led approach across the UK with input from more than 40 industry bodies including UKHospitality, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, the British Beer and Pub Association and the National Caravan Council as well as destination management organisations across the country. The self-assessment includes specific guidelines for sectors including accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators with signposting to further industry and trade association guidance as required. 

The We’re Good To Go scheme is being operated by VisitEngland who has been running assessment schemes for many years.
Alongside the industry standard VisitEngland is also launching a Know Before You Go public information campaign to support tourism in England as businesses start to re-open, reassuring visitors as restrictions are lifted by checking about what it is safe to do and when and sign-posting to information about destinations and available services before travelling.

An open letter to #eventprofs – as an industry united, we are stronger together

Our friends at Visit Britain would like to share the following letter with you.

Dear events industry colleagues

In these uncertain times, as the world copes with COVID-19 and the challenges it brings you, your organisations and your events, we want you to know you are not alone. This is a time charged with difficulty both professionally and personally, and the UK is here to support you.

It’s a turbulent period for the events industry, as we tackle postponements, cancellations, rapid switches to virtual events, as well as uncertainty about what the future may bring. Yet the events industry is like no other – we are a community that supports each other both in times of celebration and in times of need.

So, the UK wants to say to all event professionals that you’re not alone. It’s tough right now, but we’re here for you.

VisitBritain and its UK partners are committed to supporting you in any way we can as we navigate these turbulent times. As an industry united, we are stronger together.

Acknowledging that your immediate priority will be to support your events, staff, customers and members, we want to ensure that you have access to the most up-to-date information on the situation in the UK. For the latest information on holding events in the UK, please visit our website for updates.

We want to assure you that, when the time is right, we will be here to welcome your events back to the UK. But until then we are planning virtual ways to meet, talk and help you explore the UK event possibilities from your home.

For now, we send you this message of our continued support – we will get through this together.

From the Business Events team at VisitBritain

New Events Are GREAT creative promotes UK as top destination for business events

National tourism agency VisitBritain has refreshed its Events Are GREAT creative to highlight to global meeting and incentive planners why the UK is a leading destination for international business events.

The new creative content showcases the country’s business events offer by celebrating the industry’s passion for events, inspiring planners to choose the UK. New imagery targets meeting, incentive and event planners by highlighting the country’s world-renowned research and expertise, global travel connections, high quality infrastructure and range of venues and incentive experiences.

VisitBritain Head of Business Events Kerrin MacPhie said: 

“Our new creative is all about celebrating our passion for hosting successful events and promoting what great achievements and successes event planners can create in the UK whether from an association, corporate or incentive perspective. Delegates are drawn to the UK because of what can be achieved when they meet here, unlocking the country’s knowledge, research, innovation, imagination and entrepreneurial spirit. 

“We are looking forward to a very busy year as we work to deliver more business events for the UK. We are identifying key events and engaging with international planners to show them our outstanding destinations, venues and exclusive incentive travel programmes, providing world-class delegate experiences and promoting our universal message of welcome.” 

The new brand creative was officially unveiled this week at the ‘PCMA Convening Leaders’ in the USA. Attendees heard from VisitBritain’s Head of Business Events Kerrin MacPhie on the brand’s development, and how VisitBritain can support planners to bring their events to the UK. Audience members were also given a first look at the artwork that is driving the campaign. The new brand creative will take centre-stage at all business events activity including VisiBritain’s flagship event MeetGB, taking place in April in Wales, and The Meetings Show in London in June. 

VisitBritain promotes business events worldwide under the Events are GREAT brand, part of the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign. Events are GREAT drives awareness of Britain’s destinations and products, to increase the number of business events and grow international delegate attendance, boosting local economies.

New year, new venues in the UK

To celebrate the festive season, the UK is looking ahead and offering a sneak peek into four exciting new venue openings that are set to enhance your next event in 2020.

The Londoner – London, England

Central London will be welcoming the 350-bedroom hotel and cinema complex The Londoner in Spring 2020. The five-star Edwardian Hotel development will offer seven meeting rooms, a private estate area and ballroom which can host up to 1,000 delegates. Located in the iconic Leicester Square, it has been designed to complement existing properties and will serve as a series of independent but connected venues. Find out more

Blackpool Winter Gardens – North England

The UK will soon be home to the new £25 million conference centre, located in the seaside town of Blackpool in England’s north west. Blackpool Winter Gardens will feature a two-floor-plus mezzanine complex that can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates whilst also providing direct links to the stunning, 3,000 capacity Empress Ballroom, the Opera House Theatre and Empress Buildings. Find out more

Venue Cymru – Llandudno, North Wales

Currently undergoing a major £3million redevelopment, Venue Cymru is set to reopen new year. In Addition to its existing 1,500 seat auditorium and 1,550 sqm arena, Venue Cymru will also offer a 180 sqm conference room. This multi-purpose space with sprung floors can also be divided into four separate breakout rooms, offering the capacity to seat between 200 to 350 delegates. Find out more.

Luxury Lifestyle at Knowsley Hall, Merseyside

This remarkable venue boats over 1,000 years of history and is now the home of Lord and Lady Derby. Exclusively hire this exquisite stately home, set within 2,500 acres of private land, located just outside of Liverpool in the north of England. Knowsley Hall offers facilities for a fantastic incentive programme of indoor and outdoor activities, including meetings and conferences, archery, laser clay shooting and a wild safari, all within the estate’s walls. Find out more.

Contact VisitBritain to discover hot the UK can make your next business event GREAT: www.eventsaregreat.com

Meet the future of events at MeetGB 2020

VisitBritain’s flagship event MeetGB returns in 2020, inviting international planners to ‘meet the future of event’ at the brand-new International Convention Centre (ICC) Wales.

When: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 April 2020

Where: Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales

Discover the best of UK business events at MeetGB 2020:

VisitBritain invites event planners and agencies from Europe and North America to meet and do business with over 80 industry suppliers, including venues, hotels, destinations and incentive experiences from across the UK.

MeetGB 2020 offers an exciting week-long programme where delegates will experience the future of events in the UK, with thousands of one to one, pre-scheduled business meetings set to take place. Delegates will also be able to attend unmissable networking events, including a star-studded gala dinner.

Ahead of the business programme international buyers will attend educational visits to 11 different UK destinations, experiencing first-hand the country’s best conference, events and incentive products.

Meet the future of events at MeetGB:

Taking inspiration from the woodland surroundings of the ICC Wales, MeetGB is offering attendees the chance to ‘meet the future of events’ – incorporating sustainability, wellness, product innovation and industry expertise into its week-long programme.

Throughout the event both UK suppliers and international buyers will be encouraged to take part in the discussion and focus on their own well-being.

Experience a ‘warm Welsh welcome’ at Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales:

MeetGB 2020 will take part at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort and the recently opened International Convention Centre (ICC) Wales located in Newport.

Since launching in September, the new £83 million venue has welcomed thousands of visitors to enjoy its industry-leading facilities and nature-friendly footprint, with wellbeing and sustainability being key drivers for both ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort.

To be part of MeetGB 2020 please visit: visitbritain.com/meetgb