Research programme & requests

Research will underpin the Discover England Fund, providing insights and market intelligence to prospective applicants to ensure robust and well-considered projects are proposed. 

In addition to awarding funding to a number of projects in Year 1, an element of Year 1 funding will support the delivery of a national Discover England research programme and specific industry research requests that support the plan, inform future product development and have industry-wide benefit.

National Research Programme

The deadline to submit research requests has now passed and we have developed a programme of strategic research which will be delivered during 2016/17 based on the requests and the wider requirements of the Fund.

The programme will cover the following areas:

  • Secondary research of existing data sources – delivering a series of topic reports, bringing together product development-related insights from across a range of data sources covering for example, activities, life stages / demographics, multi-destination trips, destination types, ports of entry and transport
  • Case studies illustrating best practice and learnings from product development initiatives around the world
  • An innovation approach for tourism product development, creating a toolkit to help identify areas of opportunity and optimise funded projects in 2017 and beyond
  • Activities and themes - research to better understand the appeal of  a wide range of activities / thematic areas among international audiences
  • Business Visits and Events – a modular programme of research, likely to focus on motivations and barriers, delegate expenditure and business extenders
  • “London plus” – research to help maximise the appeal of products outside of London
  • Travel Trade research – to understand the attitudes of the travel trade towards England’s regional product
  • Regional gateways – understanding the role of regional gateways in facilitating regional spread
  • Future trends – identifying the macro trends influencing international tourism in the years to come

Download more detail about the programme (PPT, 5MB)

See the latest published Discover England Fund research.

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