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
Claim your Londonist API
Do you want instant details on the Londonist available residences, room types, descriptions, prices, and extra services?
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
Dreamland’s new logo for 100th anniversary year
Dreamland Margate has once again teamed up with HemingwayDesign to create a striking new logo for the amusement park’s 100th anniversary
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
Bayswater College Launches Fashion Certificates
Bayswater College launches new Fashion Certifications, as part of its expanding Professional Course options in 2020
Learn & Experience launches new website
The Learn & Experience team have been working very hard over the past few months and we are very excited to announce the launch of our new website
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
Stay Campus London announces new partnership & programme to portfolio
London-based English language school Stay Campus London has announced details of a new partnership with FSG Academy and simultaneously launched a new Esports Talent programme, aimed at students wanting to enter the fast-growing digital world of esports.
Sleep in one of the world’s most unusual hostel rooms
LUCKY travellers will have the chance to sleep in one of the world’s most unusual hostel rooms – after developers discovered a secret vault while creating a trendy new stopover for young backpackers.
Generator announces Official Partnership With NFS Heat
Award-winning, experience and design-led accommodation group Generator is proud to announce its official partnership with NFS Heat, the latest racing video game in the Need for Speed franchise.
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
BIC approved to teach the UoL Foundation Programme
BIC, jointly owned by Experio Life and Constellation Group has been approved to teach the University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP)
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
Celebrating achievement at the BYTA’s
Last week in London fifty six businesses and individuals were recognised for their high standards, innovative products and outstanding achievements at the 2019 British Youth Travel Awards
World Travel Market Report
BETA were delighted to once again provide the Youth Travel content as part of the official World Travel Market seminar programme
Spotlight on: Debbie Lilly
Debbie updates us on what is new and upcoming at Cornwall Plus and their focus on sustainability
Spotlight on: James Herbertson
James is a Director & Co-Founder Bayswater Education and here he fills us in on a whirlwind 12 months
Classroom on a Bus: The Original Tour is taking education to new heights!
The perfect way to keep children entertained and engaged through interactive learning on board one of our classic double decker open-top buses.
Event Report: China
Last week Generator London kindly hosted 70+ delegates from the youth, student and educational travel sector to discuss two key industry topics via BETA’s latest Youth Industry Seminar
Significant Expansion for Edinburgh City Centre Hostel
A SUCCESSFUL hostel for young backpackers in Edinburgh will almost double in size as part of an ambitious expansion into a second prime city centre location
Londonist announce hugely expanded portfolio
From Greenwich to Wembley, and by having both short and long term accommodation available we believe that we are covering anything that a student in London needs.
YHA to provide work placements for NEET youth people
YHA to provide around 80 work placements in partnership with MtW for young people who are not in education, employment or training over the next year
York’s Chocolate Story hosts Yorkshire’s only KitKat® Chocolatory®
York’s Chocolate Story is proud to be working in partnership with Nestle to bring KitKat Chocolatory to York, the UK’s home of KitKat
Anglo Educational Services continues London expansion
Anglo Educational Services, the award winning independent educational company, that celebrated 45 years in business last year, has signed contracts for a new study centre and student accommodation building
YHA new city locations
We’re always looking for opportunities to bring new experiences to our guests. With two new hostels in vibrant city centre locations joining the YHA family, we’ve done just that
Smaller Earth Celebrating 20 years of inspiring people to go further
This year at Smaller Earth, we have reached a significant milestone as we celebrate our 20th year in business; which means 20 years of sending people from all over the world on life-changing cultural exchange programmes
Topdeck launches Europe 2020 brochure with four new trips
Youth Travel Experts, Topdeck Travel, have officially unveiled their Europe 2020 trips, showcasing four new incredible expeditions across Malta, Sicily, Bodrum and France, amongst over 150 unique and refreshed itineraries
The London Bridge Experience launches its halloween show phobophobia 13
The London Bridge Experience is an award winning historical & scare attraction located in the vaults of the famous London Bridge. The attraction is open year-round and is The Home of Halloween
Contiki launches new game-changing 2020 Europe product release
Contiki Holidays launches six brand new Europe trips including 3 new train trips, new boutique accommodation and new conscious, wellness & active experiences – hitting up some of the major trends in Gen-Z travel
St Christopher’s Inns London Bridge sports bar wins Great British Pub award
Belushi’s Bar in London Bridge scoops ‘Pub Industry Oscar’ as the nation’s best boozers are honoured in UK’s most prestigious drinks trade awards
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London set to unveil new classrooms
New for 2020, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be opening two new contemporary classrooms as their award-winning education programme expands to include STEM subjects.
New Tourism Minister appointed
A former management consultant has been appointed to take over as the new tourism minister in a post-Brexit government
Virtual Reality Experience returns to The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard, the visitor attraction at the top of London’s tallest building, has announced the return of The Slide, an exhilarating 360° Virtual Reality (VR) experience
Bristol Lord Mayor welcomes Yo-Yo School Exchange Students
Bristol-based travel company, Yo-Yo School Exchange, recently organised a once-in-a-lifetime
Latest IPS figures
The International Passenger Survey (IPS) is a continuous survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)