YHA and Independent Hostels Guide join forces to lead the plea for government to support hostelling community
The future of youth hostelling lies in the hands of local MPs
Stay Campus London offers new ways for students to save on English courses
To enable more students to continue their academic dreams of a UK higher education, Stay Campus London is offering 20% off tuition fees to all students who book a University Foundation Programme before 31 December 2020.
Londonist DMC Partners with Edvisor
Londonist DMC is excited to announce they have partnered with the software platform Edvisor – an established booking platform designed specifically for Education Agencies
Liverpool School of English, joined the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee
Anna Goodband, School Principal at Liverpool School of English, joined the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. Along with other Liverpool based companies they discussed the impact that Covid-19 restrictions and Liverpool being placed into Tier 3 have had on local businesses and the economy.
UK-wide Christmas arrangements agreed
The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period
Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals
Passengers arriving into England will be able to reduce mandatory self-isolation by at least a week, as the government launches its new strategy for testing international arrivals.
Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022
Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022
Businesses in England to receive £2.2 billion to see them through national restrictions
Small businesses in England will receive a significant £2.2 billion from the government to help them through the current period of national restrictions
Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support
Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced.
UK looks set to lose 2.4m jobs in 2020 due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, says WTTC
The new figure comes from WTTC’s latest economic modelling, which looks at the punishing impact of COVID-19 and travel restrictions on the Travel & Tourism sector.
International Tourism down 70% as travel restrictions impact all regions
Restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to hit global tourism hard, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing a 70% fall in international arrivals for the first eight months of 2020.
Christmas @UFA: safe residentials for students unable to travel home
Education charity UFA (University of the First Age) are offering fun, safe residentials with appropriate Covid-19 safety measures, for international school students staying in the UK over Christmas due to coronavirus restrictions.
Prime Minister’s latest statement on coronavirus
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons
First Town Deals worth almost £180 million announced
Communities in 7 areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7 million in new Town Deals.
Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced.
Kickstart Scheme opportunity
The KickStart Government placement scheme goes live in November
Prime Minister announces new national restrictions
From Thursday, everyone must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions.
BUNAC secures investment from youth travel specialist
BUNAC Travel Services, a global work and travel company, announces it has been acquired by David Andrews, Lioncourt Investments, who has invested new capital to support BUNAC’s growth ambitions.
Clink Hostels pledges 1000 free beds for volunteers
Clink Hostels pledges to facilitate change – to make a real difference, be in tune with the younger generation and stand up, by offering travellers keen to volunteer with key social causes 1000 free bed nights.
Hostel Travellers are driving the growth for sustainable travel
Hostelworld aims to unite hostel industry to tackle the root causes of plastic pollution and lessen the impact on the environment
Generation Z have changed future plans in the wake of COVID-19
With the upcoming academic year still in limbo, the aftermath of the chaos caused by A Level results and the job market now more challenging that it was 12 months ago, a new study from Topdeck Travel reveals that young Britons are questioning what’s next and making considered changes to their future plans
Theatre Workout receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
Theatre Workout has been awarded £50,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.
Spotlight on: Adam Milford, Theatre Workout
The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing young people being inspired to step out of their comfort zone, to create something, and perform it in front of their peers, especially when I know they’ve never done anything like this before and I know they will remember it forever
One Broker Launches New Website
East Anglian insurance firm One Broker celebrated the launch of its brand-new website, which delivers an improved online experience to its customers
Student.com and Uber Partnership Announcement
Student.com and Uber have entered a collaboration to help students in a COVID-19 world. As the new academic year has begun, both companies have collaborated to provide students with an opportunity for safer travel & to feel settled whilst heading to university
Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers
The government announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus.
Brexit: Time is running out for businesses to prepare
The government urges business leaders to step up preparations for Australia-style arrangements from 1 January and launches ‘time is running out’ campaign.
Spotlight on: Rebecca Hunt, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter
Online and virtual experiences are here to stay and it’s how we use these as a supplementary offering for schools and not a substitute for a physical experience
Spotlight on: James Charnock, Manchester Metropolitan University
I actually think my career highlight has been during COVID-19! We managed to accommodate 250 keyworkers who were training with us in our en-suite halls of residence this summer
Spotlight on: Vinay Bhardwaj, Keetoo® (The Vimal Group)
Name: Vinay Bhardwaj Job Title: Founder & MD Company: Keetoo® (The Vimal Group) Member Since: 2019 Being an MD is about guiding, enabling and encouraging my team to achieve the great things they strive for every day, they continually amaze and inspire me with their dedication, passion and achievements. The business would simply be nowhere without them Tell us a bit about your role and how it supports the business? I’d love to be able to boil my role down to a few select areas – but as any founder will tell you, we wear many hats on a daily basis. What I can tell you is that the roles of founder and managing director serve two very different purposes. Being a founder is all about having an original vision, passion and inspiration; keeping those elements live and weaving them into the fabric of the business through challenging conditions. At the same time, being an MD is about guiding, enabling and encouraging my team to achieve the great things they strive for every day. They continually amaze and inspire me with their dedication, passion and achievements. The business would simply be nowhere without them. What has been your career highlight to date? After […]
Prime Minister announces new local COVID Alert Levels
The Prime Minister has set out how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England
Taskforce for safe return to global travel launched
A new Global Travel Taskforce to support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel has been launched by the government
Job Support Scheme expanded
The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced
Job Retention Bonus Update
After announcing the Job Retention Bonus (JRB) earlier in the summer, the government has now produced the guidance providing the detail of how the JRB will work in practice.
Thames River Sightseeing welcome you back on board
We are open and looking forward to welcoming you back on board our river cruises.
Event Report: Youth Travel Workshop Online
In response to industry demand, BETA delivered its inaugural Youth Travel Workshop Online on 10th September Attended by 90+ businesses from the UK and overseas, all with a focus on revitalising our sector, reviving industry partnership and making steps to recover the business lost during Covid-19. Feedback from the day was fantastic with the event far exceeding the delegate’s expectations: 100% rated the event good or excellent99% made new contacts99% said it is excellent for negotiating new business99% feel it’s important to be represented at this event98% said the event was excellent value for money95% rated the calibre of buyers & suppliers as excellent97% secured new products and partners on the day98% said it was an excellent forum for raising awareness of their products and services BETA’s Executive Director, Emma English said, I was delighted with the results and delegate feedback from this event. Clearly having to cancel our face to face event earlier in the year meant that an important opportunity to connect buyers and suppliers was missing from our activity.Being able to host the event online, using the technology that we have all now become so familiar with really helped us to reach a wider audience, with buyers in attendance […]
Latest consumer tracker report from VisitBritain
The latest VisitBritain UK COVID-19 Consumer Tracker Report for week 14 is now available
Spotlight on: Adelle Barnett, Learn Away
In an ever-changing situation, the importance of being an expert, adapting and keeping customers up to date has been key
Hear from travellers on hostelling during COVID
St Christopher’s Inns have teamed up with our partners in World Hostels to ask backpackers what it’s like to travel right now
The Original Tour, Introduces London’s new romantic experience
This summer, we launched a brand new tour for Londoners to see the city like never before
Londonist proud to be joining forces with iQ Student Accommodation
We are excited to announce our partnership with iQ Student Accommodation!
Bayswater Summer announces 2021 portfolio
Language Study Centres becomes Bayswater Summer
The way you hire from the EU is changing
The Home Office has launched a new campaign to help employers prepare for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system.
Spotlight on: Michael Wood, ABC Languages
We have been using the unexpected downtime to work on making our courses even better and planning for our every popular summer school for 5-17 year olds in 2021
Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan
Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed
The government has announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England.
Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs
Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or
French association UNOSEL teachers survey results
As of the start of the 2020 school year, UNOSEL conducted a survey of teachers to find out about their educational school trip plans for the coming year.
International Student Mobility Heatmap
The British Council set up a Covid-19 Inward Mobility Taskforce to pull together critical information about how the pandemic is impacting inward mobility to the UK on a global level
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