Job Retention Scheme Bonus
As part of the summer statement from the Chancellor a bonus scheme for the CJRS was also announced
Chancellor’s Statement July offers industry stimulus
In his summer economic statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak announced further support in a bid to push the UK into recovery from the coronavirus outbreak
£1.57bn for Culture, Arts and Heritage
Cultural and heritage organisations to be protected with £1.57 billion support package
Coronavirus Travel Corridors
The Government has announced that passengers returning or visiting from around 60 destinations including France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia, will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England from 10 July 2020
Guidance for hospitality & tourism businesses on customer data collection
Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19
£10m Tourism SME Kickstart Fund
Communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package
Stay Campus London flourishes during Covid crisis
English language school Stay Campus London and its sister brand The Stay Club have expanded their offering throughout the wake of Covid-19
Finding our future in our past: 90 years of YHA
In YHA’s 90-year history, Coronavirus is the most severe crisis ever to face YHA (England & Wales) and led us to close the entire hostel network for the first time
ZSL London Zoo reopens to the public
Visitors arrived at ZSL London Zoo to enjoy the official reopening of the historic attraction – three months after it closed to the public for the first time since WW2.
BIC signs landmark contract with Chinese Education Group
Studying a university degree abroad is a dream for any student. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Chinese students leave their cities in pursuit of this dream and the UK is one of the destinations that welcomes many of them
Anglo Educational Services new student accommodation in Hoxton
Anglo Educational Services have recently welcomed their newly built Hoxton apartments into their property portfolio. These Hoxton apartments are hot off the market, with construction only finishing in recent weeks
GoBritanya expands by offering residences in Brighton and Dublin
GoBritanya Student Accommodation Agency has announced an expansion of its portfolio by offering residences in Brighton, UK, and Dublin, Ireland
Clink Hostels offering flexible booking conditions & Group Leaders stay for free
We are back and open for business! After a period of uncertainty, we are once again opening our doors to travellers and groups looking to explore two of Europe’s most exciting cities
Launch of industry standard for UK tourism
VisitEngland in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has today launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening
New study shows how backpacker hostel stays will change after coronavirus
A NEW study reveals the shift in travel expectations of young backpackers amidst COVID-19…including where and how they want to travel post-lockdown and how ‘hostels’ will have to adapt
Visitor Economy Guidance Published
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the re-opening plans for a number of tourism businesses in England from 4 July, the visitor economy guidance has been published
Commercial property code of practice announced
The Government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction until the end of September. A new code of practice has been developed with the retail, hospitality and property sectors to provide clarity for businesses when discussing rental payments and to encourage best practice so that all parties are supported
Travlaw: Advice on Educational Packages
The world is slowly starting to ‘open up again’, and educational trips are likely to start resuming both to and from the UK over the coming months
US Suspends work visas in 2020
Citing high unemployment caused by Covid-19, the US President, Donald Trump has suspended a number of non-immigrant visa programmes until the end of 2020, the suspension may be extended into 2021 depending on the state of the US economy.
Lockdown restrictions easing in England
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made an announcement in the House of Commons on the next stage of the lockdown restrictions easing in England
Most universities will teach in-person this autumn
The vast majority of UK universities are preparing to provide in-person teaching this autumn, a new survey from Universities UK has revealed.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updated
Guidance has been published outlining the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme following the Chancellor’s announcement on 29 May
The EU Commission has now formally launched the Re-open EU website
A web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. It will provide real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States.
New Report: What Really Matters
Young people won’t travel until the UK is back to normal, as COVID-19 changes the travel behaviour of 18-30 year olds
Support for International Students
International Education Champion appointed to support international students and the higher education sector during Covid-19
BETA Board Open Forum
We recently held an open forum for BETA members to come together to discuss the impact of covid-19 on our sector
Discretionary Grant Fund Guidance and FAQ
The Government has produced Guidance and an FAQ on the Discretionary Grant Fund which is available to businesses with under 50 staff with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
Industry urges PM to reconsider Quarantine Measures
BETA joined forces with fellow industry bodies urgently asking for the Government to set out how it will move to a more targeted approach to the 14 day quarantine for air passengers arriving into the UK Read the joint letter to Boris Johnson here WTTC president and chief executive Gloria Guevara was quoted on the subject also saying “quarantine would have a significant and long-lasting negative effect on the country’s travel and tourism sector by deterring leisure and business travellers”. The topic was discussed in parliament on 3rd June and the Home Secretary gave an oral statement to the House.The new quarantining legislation that was introduced today and will come into effect on 8th June and the key details of the new legislation are: In advance of travel to the UK, both UK and overseas nationals will be required to fill-in a Contact Locator Form which includes details as to where they will isolate for two weeks and how they can be contacted. Proof of completing this form has to be carried by the passenger and is subject to checks by Border Force on arrival.PHE will undertake spot checks to make sure that people are self-isolating for the two weeks at the address provided on […]
Hat-trick of new visitor enhancements for Wembley
Wembley Stadium is pleased to announce a hat-trick of new visitor enhancements including free group coach parking, a new onsite photography solution and brand new changing rooms, which will all be in place when the tour reopens later this year.
COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Tracker
VisitBritain has commissioned a weekly tracking survey to understand domestic intent to take short breaks and holidays both within the U.K. and abroad
UK’s first student-only influencer network
We’re doing so because we know influencer marketing can drive genuine value for brands, but far too many agencies in the influencer space are letting their clients down with a lax approach to strategy and measurement
New Private View Experience
The ultimate way to celebrate London. The Private View allows you to experience the viewing platforms at the top of The Shard for 60 minutes exclusively to yourself, outside of our public opening hours.
Claim your Londonist API
Hate waiting for replies to emails? In today’s world of immediate response, it makes sense for us to help get you to the answers you really need as quickly as possible
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update
From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back part time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work
New measures to ease lockdown
Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.
Hospitality Line to launch new Agent Booking Portal
Hospitality Line provides wholesale travel and leisure services to the international and domestic tourism industry
Bayswater launches Digital Marketing courses online
With the advent of lockdown and the prospect of long-term social distancing, Bayswater College has focused on putting together a unique offering in the International Education sector.
New public health measures for all UK arrivals
New measures at the UK border to guard against a second wave of coronavirus infections have been announced by the Home Secretary
MP’s call for full recovery plan
The DCMS Committee is urging the government to do more to aid the recovery of the UK’s tourism industry hit hard by the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown with no indication of when businesses can reopen
Cultural Renewal Taskforce announced
The Culture Secretary has announced representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds who will join a new taskforce aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again
5 Steps to Working Safely
In addition to the eight guidance documents that BEIS has published so far regarding safe working in different environments, they have now published the following 5 Steps to Working Safely
European Commission guidance on safe travel
The Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions
Chancellor extends furlough scheme to October
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced.
Working safely during COVID-19
The government has now published its 8 guidance documents, which are designed to make workplaces as safe as possible and give people the confidence to go back to work
Government recovery strategy
As part of this plan the UK Government has a carefully planned timetable for lifting restrictions, with indicative dates that should help people to plan.
First quarter BBB sees sales drop by 11%
BETA’s quarterly Business Barometer reports that sales declined by 11% in the first quarter of 2020 as the country moved to lockdown due to Covid-19
Rate relief scheme promised support, but excluded many
Trade associations representing thousands of tourist businesses, together with the Local Government Association, have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to urgently change civil servants’ interpretation of his Coronavirus Business Rates Relief Scheme, launched to support the UK’s hospitality and leisure industries
AES New Website introduces Virtual Internship initiative
Anglo Educational Services are pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed website!
Londonist is now in Dublin🍀
We are incredibly excited to share with you our brand new Londonist residence, not only do we have a new residence, we have a new location!
Online learning platform to boosts workplace skills
A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
96% of Global destinations impose travel restrictions
The scale of disruption caused by COVID-19 to global tourism is shown in a comprehensive new report on travel restrictions from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
100% government backed loan scheme for small business
The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor today, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days.
Access to Treasury financial support
Officials are working closely with our sectors, both representative bodies and also individual organisations, to ensure that all businesses and individuals can access the support they need. Key measures include:
G20 Tourism Minister’s Meeting
Minister for Tourism, Nigel Huddleston has assured the tourism industry that he is working closely with relevant trade bodies to map out a plan for the recovery period when lockdown restrictions are relaxed
Exit Strategies COVID-19
In a recent address by the Foreign Secretary, the UK Government maintain that they will not remove restrictions before their five tests are met
UK adventure programme heads to Poland
Thousands of students in Poland are getting the chance to experience life-changing learning and adventure thanks to Kingswood and Project Travel.
Celebrating London’s Heroes #HeightsForHeroes
We need your help to reward the London key workers who are going above and beyond to keep our city running and to protect those within it
Together by Student.com is now digital!
Originally just face-to-face, we have officially launched a digital volunteering option too
Anglo Educational Services Academic Programme
Despite the disruption COVID-19 has caused to International Education, our team has been working hard on enhancing the academic programming we provide.
Points Based Immigration Business Guidance
Guidance has been published for businesses on the new points based immigration scheme that will come into effect on 1 January 2021
This week ABTA launched its #SaveFutureTravel campaign, calling on Government to do whatever it takes to protect travel industry jobs and customer money
Furlough Update: Travlaw
Earlier this week the Government issued updated guidance on the Jobs Retention or Furlough Scheme
Obtaining Business Rates Relief & Funding
The LGA provides further guidance and recommendations to cover tour operators and language schools
Support the Tourism Alliance lobby which is calling for amendments to the Job Retention Scheme
Anglo Educational Services support NHS keyworkers
Anglo Educational Services have been using our now vacant apartments to support the NHS keyworkers and those in need of temporary accommodation
Bayswater Education acquires LSC
Bayswater Education has acquired Language Study Centres (LSC), the UK arm of STS Education’s junior language travel operations.
Beds & Bars launches relief scheme
Beds and Bars launches a new COVID-19 relief scheme offering its employees a place to live
Londonist Launches Virtual Reality Tour
The first virtual reality Londonist experience is here and now you can explore one of our residences from your couch!
Employment Update: Travlaw
On 26 March government published further details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) which you can read here Below here the experts from TravLaw, operators of BETA’s Legal Hotline set out a snapshot in Q&A format of the new information to provide some clarity over the most frequently asked questions. Furloughed Workers: All That We Know So Far… Did the employer have a PAYE scheme in place on 28 February 2020? If not, they will not be eligible to apply. Can any employer apply? If you have employees you can apply, even if you are a charity or a recruitment agency (the scheme is only available for agency employees who are not working). Public authorities are also able to apply; however the government does not expect public sector employers to use it as long as central government continues funding wage costs in the normal way. What can the employer claim? Employers can reclaim up to 80% of wage costs up to a cap of £2,500 per month, in addition the associated employer NIC’s and minimum auto enrolment pension contributions on that wage. If you have employees, who earn fees, commissions and bonuses, these are not included. What happens if you […]
Government announce support for employees
The Government will be stepping in with a grant to cover 80% of wages for those kept on the payroll
VAT Deferral COVID-19
For more advice on the Government VAT deferral read the latest update from Elman Wall
2020 Budget COVID-19 Support
Delivering the 2020 Budget the Chancellor stated that he will do “whatever it takes” to protect the economy from the impacts of Coronavirus
UK Government COVID-19 Action Plan
Visitors can be reassured that the UK Government is closely monitoring the situation and the risk to the UK population is assessed as low
Go Ape launches Adventure Stories Competition
Go Ape has launched its 2020 Adventure Stories Competition, a drawing and writing contest that encourages young children to get creative and explore adventure both in and out of the classroom
Australian WHV’s extended to aid bushfire recovery
Foreign backpackers and others on working holiday visas will be able to help bushfire- affected communities get back on their feet following changes announced by the Morrison Government.
The UK’s Future Immigration Policy
The government’s recently published immigration policy has been the subject of much debate and criticism.
Bayswater Education acquires Liverpool school
Bayswater Education is proud to announce that it has acquired a local language provider in Liverpool, The Language House
Contiki appoints global CEO
Adam Armstrong has been appointed global CEO of Contiki. His start date has not yet been confirmed
Clink Hostels acquires Amsterdam hostel chain
European hostel chain Clink Hostels has recently purchased the very successful Ecomama and Cocomama boutique concept hostels located in the heart of Amsterdam city.
Euroventure are becoming Carbon Neutral!
Not only are we carbon neutral we are carbon negative which means we are off setting all our carbon emissions by 200%
Introducing Zedwell – a new hotel brand and lifestyle concept
Criterion Hospitality is excited to announce the launch of its flagship Zedwell hotel in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, breathing new life into the iconic London Trocadero and offering guests a holistic experience centred around sleep and wellbeing.
On 31st January 2020 the UK left the EU and Government are now under pressure to make some swift agreements on a number of issues during the transition period which will last until 31 December 2020
Spotlight On: George Green
George Green Marketing Executive for Projects Abroad tells us about their commitments towards ethical volunteerism
Spotlight on: Jonathan Wall
Managing Director of Elman Wall Jonathan Wall tells us the importance of climate responsibility
UUKi & Santander event – you’re invited
Invitation to attend Universities UK International’s campaign reception, in partnership with Santander Universities:
Golden Tours Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience UK Debut
Created by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and co-organised by Golden Tours in London, Meet Vincent van Gogh is the award winning exhibition offering an immersive and emotional look into the fascinating life of this posthumously groundbreaking artist
Event Report: Mental Health Masterclass
We kicked off 2020 with a Mental Health Masterclass. Lead by David Beeney a qualified Mental Health Counsellor, trustee for Mind and recognised as one of the top 101 influencers globally on employment engagement.
The new meeting facility on the block – Brought to you by AES
January 2020 saw the opening of a new state of art Study Centre, Richbell House, by Anglo Educational Services
Belushi’s Bars donate 100% of profits to the Bushfire Relief
Earlier in the month, Belushi’s Bars announced that it’s donating 100% of its profits from Australia Day to the bushfire relief appeal. We have chosen to donate the total profits to three charities who have been working hard on-the-ground to mitigate the effects of the fires. These are The Australian Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross and WWF Australia.
Topdeck launches new trips to introduce its new ‘Feel Real’ proposition
Topdeck Travel, providers of group travel for 18-39’s, has today launched three destination trips to Ecuador & Galápagos, Sri Lanka, as well as pioneering group trip travel to Georgia
Spotlight On: Boris Muche
One of three CEO’s of Wombat’s The city Hostels tells us about their plans in 2020
Spotlight On: Anna Fawcett
Global Marketing Director for Topdeck Anna tells us the important current trends within the sector
Spotlight On: Sam Willan
Sam Willan General Manager of StudentUniverse tells us the importance of service and ancillary items
Spotlight on: Jimmy Greene
Jimmy is the Owner/Director of GTi Travel Group and here he fills us in on a the last 12 months
Spotlight On: Tony Evans
Tony Director of Experio Life tells us about his experience within the industry and future plans
Spotlight On: Dan Baker
General Manager of Student.com Dan gives us the lowdown on the current sector trends
Event Report: Instagram Masterclass
There are currently 1 billion monthly active instagram users
Spotlight on: Asim Erturk
Asim, MD of Londonist talks about doubling their residential portfolio in 2019 and plans for 2020
Spotlight on: Kate Howe
Kate is BDM for BUNAC and shares here their quest to seek out new partners in every corner of the globe