Tourism – is it “killing neighbourhoods”?

By Heather Cameron Today is World Tourism Day (WTD), the aim of which is “to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.”  (United Nations) Commencing on 27 September 1980, WTD is celebrated each year with fitting events based on themes selected by the […]

Smarter tourism: solving the data problem to boost tourism and create better cities

By Steven McGinty On 22 March, I attended ‘Smarter Tourism: Shaping Glasgow’s Data Plan’, an event held as part of DataFest 2017, a week-long festival of data innovation with events hosted across Scotland. Daniel MacIntyre, from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (the city’s official marketing organisation), opened the event by highlighting Glasgow’s ambitious target of increasing […]

The rising price of checking in: is there a case for visitor taxes, or will business fund tourism development?

Tourism has a big impact on the UK economy. Figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council show that: The total contribution of travel and tourism to UK GDP was £187.7bn in 2014, and is forecast to rise to £263.9bn in 2025 In 2014 travel and tourism directly supported 5.7% of total UK employment Visitor […]

Does tourism pay? Assessing the evidence

by Brelda Baum It is estimated that tourism has the potential to generate $2 trillion globally by 2020 – as the economic situation improves and the ‘Great Recession’ is deemed all but over, let’s take a look at the evidence of the economic value of tourism to the UK and its regions. The Deloitte and […]

Promoting a high training culture in tourism

by Brelda Baum Training and skills remain perennial issues for the tourism industry.  Therefore, the recent call by UK Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock at a Work Foundation conference on skills, held on 3rd March 2014, for a move from a low to a high ‘training culture’ resonates with the European Commission’s proposal to establish a […]

Reading the city: wayfinding is about more than getting from A to B

Wayfinding has been variously described as: spatial problem-solving systems that assist people to find their way from one place to another a way of helping people engage seamlessly in a built environment An effective wayfinding system consists of signs, maps and other visual clues to help guide people to their destinations. But as well as […]

Youth Work in the Digital Age – What Next?

by Scott Faulds On Tuesday 3rd September, youth work organisations from across the European Union came together in Glasgow to launch the European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work, training materials and a collection of short films showcasing Good Practice. This was the culmination of a two-year transnational Erasmus+ project, designed to foster shared understandings and […]

A rising tide: the growing importance of the blue economy

There has been much focus on the green economy in recent times as the international community attempts to address the current ‘climate emergency’. According to the United Nations (UN), “an inclusive green economy is one that improves human well-being and builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and scarcities.” Over the past decade, many governments […]

Museums as facilitators of health and wellbeing in communities

It’s estimated that there are over 2500 museums in the UK, ranging from world-famous collections in major cities to small local ones on niche themes. Over 50% of adults have visited a museum or gallery in the last year and there were an estimated 7.5 million visits by children and young people under the age […]

How can the UK Government support our rural entrepreneurs?

By Steven McGinty Rural businesses play a significant role in the UK economy. Yet, policymakers often overlook their contribution and, as such, have failed to realise the economic opportunities in many of our rural areas. Last year, University of Essex researcher Anupriya Misra presented an insightful webinar (register to hear a recording of the webinar) […]