The following projects are awarded up to £500,000. These are:
Connections, led by Destination Plymouth
The Connections project will produce a series of new, immersive, bookable English-themed visitor experiences specifically for the American market, encouraging visitors to explore England beyond London. Based on market testing and insights, product will be developed around themes with significant appeal to US visitors, such as Magna Carta and the rule of law, the Mayflower, Virginia and early American colonisation, WW2, US military and the ‘special relationship’. The project will also showcase the best of England’s culture and heritage through the development of a broad range of guided touring experiences and will be sold in the US via tour operators and travel agents.
Brilliant Science led by Marketing Cheshire
This project will extend the visits of delegates attending scientific conferences in Manchester with regional science tours. Thematic itineraries and packages to suit different interests such as engineering, life science and science heritage, and delegates with varied needs such as single delegates or those travelling with families. These will be sold through universities and associations.
Culture Coasting, led by Visit Kent
Culture Coasting, which is also National Lottery match-funded by the Arts Council England through the Cultural Destinations Programme, will target visitors from Northern France and the Netherlands with bookable art trails along the South East coast of England, celebrating established galleries as well as the unique art of the surrounding communities. The itineraries will include visits to famous galleries, artists’ talks, studio tours, unique accommodation, special events and art classes, as well as a brand new ‘treasure hunt’ of specially commissioned art using geocaching.
Creating England’s Literary Legends, led by Visit Nottinghamshire
This project will target the US travel trade with literary-themed bookable itineraries based in three locations, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Shakespeare’s England and will work with appropriate local attractions such as Newstead Abbey and the Jane Austen House Museum. In addition the US travel trade press will be invited to attend familiarisation trips to sample the itineraries and the resulting feedback will be shared with other destinations with a literary tourism offer.
The following projects have been awarded up to £250,000 (and are 20% match-funded). These are:
Royal Racecourses – The Sport of Kings
Cheshire West and Chester Council are creating experience-led itineraries for visitors from China and the Middle East, incorporating world-famous race-courses (Ascot, Newmarket, York and Chester) with luxury accommodation offers, in heritage locations.
Contiki, the youth travel company
Contiki is developing new packages for 18-35 year olds targeting visitors from Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and USA. These will include iconic landmarks, heritage locations and accommodation.
Creating English City Food Hubs
Destination Bristol is trialling an urban ‘food and drink hub’ concept to promote the area’s growing reputation as a destination for produce. The template will be rolled out to other urban areas.