The State Of British Tourism In 2013

In the wake of a devastating economic recession, it’s absolutely vital that the state of British tourism remains vibrant and healthy. In 2013, it is clear that numbers have dipped. Fewer people are coming to the United Kingdom for holidays, says Independent journalist Amol Rajan. Yet despite this, the industry appears to be weathering the storm. The question is – can it continue to fight against a rising tide of complex and difficult financial issues? Even now, there are a million and one different reasons to come to Britain. We might have a pretty fragile economy, but it is recovering. Our retail sector is still facing very difficult times, but it hasn’t given up or given in. We just legalised gay marriage – a move that is worthy of all the patriotic pride and bluster that you can manage. Visit Cottages Direct for the best deals on holiday accommodation in this country.

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Let’s face it, Britain is still a great place to visit. The problem is that it’s not always a great place to live, especially at the moment. If British people are so unhappy, the rest of world is bound to make judgements. There are a lot of countries where life has become a lot more difficult over the last few years, but Britain doesn’t always seem like it’s on the right track.

Life in Britain has become extremely expensive. We need our tourism industry, we must support and nurture it as much as possible. Earlier in the year, the government proposed a new plan designed to help the country fund and maintain its thousands of museums and galleries, says The Art Newspaper journalist Javier Pres. It proposed that foreign visitors should pay for entry to our, currently free, attractions.

To British citizens, this is a superb idea. We are fiercely proud of our heritage and it devastates many people to see museums and galleries closing down for good. Furthermore, the rest of Europe does charge for entry to museums, and has been doing for years. It is only fair that Britain should have a chance to benefit from the same system. The question is – would tourists go for it?

In the wake of the proposal, hundreds of surveys were conducted to try and find out what tourists thought about the idea. The vast majority of visitors claimed to be more than happy to pay a modest fee, for entry to a British museum or art gallery. This could be the next big step for the UK tourism industry, says TravelWeekly.co.uk. It is possible that we could levy visitors to this country, on a much more lucrative scale.

It absolutely vital, however, that plans like this one are very carefully thought through. It’s essential that we don’t go too far, in other words. Britain needs to find the right balance between what it can give and what it can take away, in exchange for giving in the first place. We have a lot of magnificent attractions in this country, but do we want to be charging as much as France does for its museums?

The famous Louvre museum, in Paris, charges around £15 per person. This includes entry to every exhibition and collection in the building. This might not sound like a lot to a lone traveller, but think about a group of four. The combined cost of a trip to the Louvre is going to come to more than sixty pounds – that’s without taking into account the price of food, drinks and souvenirs.

The British tourist industry is more than robust enough to survive the economic recession. It might not escape unscathed, however. It is with a heavy heart that we have been forced to consider these kinds of plans. To us, a country’s heritage is a priceless thing. It is worth far more than the cost of a ticket stub.

Author Bio: Charlene Baker is an art and media student at Portsmouth University. If you’re on the lookout for a place to stay in Britain, she recommends Cottages Direct. She can usually be found working on a project, or campaigning on behalf of UK galleries and museums.

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