United Kingdom Tourism Report Q4 2013 – New Study Released
(On Background) Barton Gellman, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, and a former Washington Post staff writer, first reported for the The Post on the National Security Agency’s extensive surveillance programs. The White House has claimed that U.K. agents decided to detain Miranda on their own initiative: White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials had received a heads-up that London police would detain David Miranda on Sunday, but he said the U.S. government did not request Mirandas detention, calling it a law enforcement action taken by the British government. This was a decision that was made by the British government without the involvement and not at the request of the United States government. Its as simple as that, Earnest said. In a column , Rusbridger claimed that what he called a campaign of intimidation also involved British intelligence officials destroying some of the Guardians hard drives : He said the hard drives were torn apart in the basement of the Guardians north London office with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction … just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. It was not clear exactly when the incident occurred. Rusbridger gave a vague timeline, suggesting that it happened within the past month or so. Guardian spokesman Gennady Kolker declined to comment further, and messages left with GCHQ after working hours were not immediately returned. An operator at the intelligence agencys switchboard said no one was available until Tuesday. Rusbridger said the destruction was the culmination of weeks of pressure on the Guardian by British officials. Shortly after his paper began publishing reports based on Snowdens leaks, he said he was contacted by a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister who demanded the return or destruction of Snowdens material.
We believe it is one of the strongest tourism markets in Western Europe, with the highest hotels industry value and one of the highest tourism arrivals and tourism receipts values; we see these trends continuing throughout our forecast period. The UK is also due to host two major international sporting events over the coming years – the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2015 Rugby World Cup (at various locations around the country). These events are likely to result in large numbers of participants and spectators travelling to the United Kingdom. An overview of the UK’s top 10 tourism markets highlights the fact that Europe remains the UK’s main source of tourism, despite the continuing economic uncertainty. However we are calculating a slight decline on our previous Q4 forecast as the continuing economic downturn in much of Europe over this period is likely to act as a deterrent for potential tourists. However the other regions are forecast to see a growth in arrivals over 2013 and we have increased our forecasts for inbound tourists from these regions. After a period of significant infrastructure development and hotel-building activity in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the scene may now be set for more modest overall growth in the UK’s hotel industry. Recent developments include: – Accor is launching a new brand in the UK, the Adiago aparthotels, the first of which opened in Liverpool in March 2013. – The group also re-launched their Mercure hotel in London in June 2013, following an extensive redesign of the hotel. It is the flagship UK hotel in a brand Accor is hoping to double the size of by 2016. – Over the past quarter ICHG has signed three new hotels to its Holiday Inn brand.