More about British tourism

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Tourism is a complex industry made up of many different businesses, with a common theme being that they provide products and services to tourists.

Find out more about the tourism industry in general, the structure of tourism in Britain and some of the key tourism industry groups and bodies here in Britain.

Introduction to tourism

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Introducing the industry, including defining tourism and tourism products.

Structure of tourism in Britain

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Tourism is a devolved matter in Britain. Find out more about some of the organisations with responsibility for tourism.

Industry groups & bodies

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There are a number of tourism industry groups and bodies in the UK.

Structure of tourism in England

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Find out who’s who in our guide to the delivery organisations that make up England’s tourism landscape