Government extends support to stop business evictions this year
Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of
High Court ruling favours policyholders in FCA business interruption test case
Ruling on a test case presented by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the High Court has ruled that business interruption policies with pandemic or notifiable disease clauses should be read as to cover COVID-19, and that claims should be met “in most cases.”
New international student immigration routes open early
The Student route and Child Student route will open on 5 October 2020 to the best and brightest international students from across the globe.
Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus
Rule applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse gatherings of over six people and fine individuals involved.
Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 App
Businesses across England and Wales like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas, are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new NHS Covid-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in The move comes ahead of a national launch of the NHS Covid-19 app across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September. The government will be supporting businesses and venues to display the QR codes, which can be downloaded via a website to display as posters in premises. Following the launch of the new Covid-19 app, customers and visitors in England will be able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak. In England, using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises. With coronavirus cases rising in the UK in the last few weeks it is essential businesses capitalise on the benefits QR codes can bring to protect themselves and their […]
NEW REPORT: Visitors who take an English language course
In 2018, 614,000 travellers to the UK took an English language course during their stay, and these visitors stayed longer and spent more than average
Kickstart Scheme opens for employer applications
The Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for young people
Open letter to PM to call for support highlighting the critical state of our industry
Following the collapse of youth travel giant STA Travel, we sent an open letter to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for greater support for the youth, student and educational travel sector
CMA cancellation & refund update
The CMA has published further detail on its views on the law in relation to cancellations and refunds during the pandemic
ClinkNOORD one of the most wish-listed hostels in the world
ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam is the number one of the most desired hostel in the world, according to online booking platform, Hostelworld.
Stay Campus London opens with a quarantine offer
Stay Campus London, a UK provider of student accommodation and English language programmes, has launched a free two-week self-isolation offer for international students who are subject to quarantine rules.
ZSL London Zoo welcome the ugliest pigs on earth
Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have been squealing with delight over the arrival of the Zoo’s first ‘demon pigs’ – and are determined to rally the public in sharing their newfound love for the unique-looking swines, reputed to be the ugliest on earth.
Spotlight on Berrie Palazzo Darsonval, Clink Hostels
Our main demographic is ready to travel but want to ensure they don’t miss out on anything while travelling now. This is obviously an opportunity. If you nail this, you will be fine!
Spotlight on: Andy Barnett, YHA
Never to give up and stand still, and better to do something than nothing. Through determination (during Covid-19) we were able to generate a significant contribution to the income of YHA whilst delivering impact to society and helping those most in need.
Umi Launches Test and Trace Data Collection App
To assist venues re-open post-down Umi Digital has used some of the ‘off season’ while many of their clients were closed to create some industry-specific technical solutions to ease the transition back into running operations hotels, restaurants, bars and more.
GDPR: Invalidation of EU-US Privacy Shield
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given its preliminary ruling on the questions raised in the Schrems case (C-311/18), which was referred up by the High Court in Ireland
Free Advice Clinic launched to help hospitality businesses
Hospitality Insurance Group Action (HIGA) is to offer an Advice Clinic for hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, and other businesses within the hospitality sector who may be unsure about the right way to proceed with their Covid19 business interruption insurance claims.
Free rent offer for NHS student heroes
As a thanks to medical students for their work on the COVID-19 front line
New campaign to drive up international student recruitment
The British Council is pleased to announce a £1million boost of advertising for Study UK in 16 key markets in a bid to drive up student enrolment for 2020. The campaign will also promote the incoming Graduate Route as a key incentive for international students.
International retail sector to collapse without Government action
A new campaign is launched calling for a Government to help rescue the ailing international retail sector, the UK’s 12th largest export sector
Increased visa flexibility for study
In December, the short-term study visa (STSV) route will close and anyone who wants to study here for six months or less can enter on a standard visitor visa.
Contiki launches 14 new Aussie Adventures
The iconic youth travel provider said a recent survey found that young people are craving unique experiences, and social travel when choosing a domestic holiday, which is unsurprising, given they have been couped up under COVID-19 restrictions for the past few months
Euroventure launch new UK venture GOAT Roadtrip
Fighting Travel Bans with Innovation: UK Tour Operator Brings Back Holidays for Travellers this Summer
GoBritanya new shareholder of a2 International Education Fairs
We are proud to announce that we are now the new Shareholder of the Turkey-based student recruitment fair company, a2 International Education Fairs
Spotlight on: Steve Lowy
I feel that travelling with “purpose” will become more important than ever. Students will want to experience things that are unique and personalised
Report on Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS Sectors published
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee says Covid-19 crisis presents biggest threat to UK’s cultural infrastructure, institutions and workforce in a generation.
Londonist adding to their portfolio
Londonist is very excited to announce that they have 4 new residences in London!
Dreamland launches drive-in cinema
Film fans and musical misfits, get your popcorn ready – Dreamland Margate is turning the park into a socially distanced drive-in cinema this summer
YHA offer free accommodation to NHS & frontline workers
London’s NHS and frontline workers are being offered free overnight accommodation by YHA (England & Wales)
COVID 19 – The Next Chapter
Some key dates and points are below From 17 July Meetings of up to 30 people indoors are now allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate that it has followed the Covid-19 guidance.Government will advise people they may use public transport, while encouraging them to consider alternative means of transport where possible. From 01 August Employers will have more discretion on how they ensure employees can work safely. Working from home is one way to do this, but workplaces can also be made safe by following COVID-19 Secure guidelines.Most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos, will be reopened accompanied by COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This will not include particularly high-risk activities and settings such as nightclubs, which will be kept under review.Indoor performances to a live audience will restart in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines, subject to the success of pilots that are taking place as soon as possible.All close contact services will resume, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application, working closely with the sector and public health experts to ensure this can be done as safely as possible and in line with […]
Home Office, new points-based immigration system
The new system will come into effect from 1 January 2021 once freedom of movement within the EU has ended
Campaign to prepare UK for end of the transition period
The government has launched a new campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the end of the transition period
SOS London Tourism campaign
After months of closure and already halfway through its peak season, the London tourism sector has today joined forces to urge the UK Government to act now or face an economic crisis in the capital
Reduced VAT Rate
The guidance of the reduced VAT rates has been published
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