Discover England fund winners revealed

developing Hull as an international gateway for cultural experiences throughout the north;
Developing Hull as an international gateway for cultural experiences throughout the north;

Five successful applicants have secured year-one funding from the £40m Discover England Fund to grow English tourism – including the Cultural England from Hull to Liverpool initiative.

VISITENGLAND has revealed the latest bids that will bring the final number of winning projects for year-one funding to 21, with a combined value of near to £4m. Together these projects cover the length and breadth of the country from Hull in the north, Torbay in the south, East Anglia in the east to Bristol in the west.

The latest bids include projects to inspire more tourists to visit the coast, targeting US visitors with an interest in the Second World War (East Anglia); developing Hull as an international gateway for cultural experiences throughout the north; enticing international conference delegates to stay in England for longer and encouraging visitors to explore rural England in eco-friendly electric cars.

They will target key inbound visitor markets including the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands and Australia as well as growth markets including China and the Middle East by offering new tourism products.

Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch said:  “The Discover England fund will help promote fantastic tourist destinations for overseas visitors and Brits holidaying at home. With so many beautiful and historic places to explore across England, this is a brilliant opportunity to share the benefits of our booming tourist industry throughout the country.”

Enticing delegates to stay longer

The Core Cities group, led by Marketing Liverpool, will develop and test an online booking mechanism to encourage international conference delegates to stay in England for longer. The new functionality will provide and promote a range of ideas and products that can be booked in advance as either a pre or post-conference extended break.

Taking advantage of its 2017 status as the UK City of Culture, Cultural England from Hull to Liverpool focusses on Hull leading on a project that will highlight the cultural offer of northern England by developing an itinerary that can be accessed by German and Dutch visitors travelling with P&O Ferries.

The itinerary aims to develop Hull as an international gateway, test the appeal of cultural experiences in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and scope the introduction of a Transpennine Cultural Rover rail ticket.

The three-year Discover England Fund ensures that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry by offering world-class English tourism products to the right customers at the right time, driving growth from international visitors across the regions and benefitting domestic visitors.

Round two of the Fund – which opened in August – calls for large scale destination led collaborative bids worth more than £1 million. A smaller funding pot for new year-one projects and pilots, and continuation funding for existing round one projects that demonstrate early learning, will also be available.

The fund is part of the UK Government’s Tourism Action Plan announced in August. The plan underlines the Government’s commitment to the continued success of the tourism industry, which last year generated £22.1 billion in spending from inbound tourism to Britain and £19.6 billion from domestic overnight tourism spend in England, both record results.

The five successful applicants announced today are:

Passport to the Coast
Using The Netherlands as a test market, the National Coastal Tourism Academy will engage tourism businesses along the coastline of the East of England between Hull and Harwich to produce thematic itineraries to inspire visitors to choose the coast. A new coastal pass and video based technology will provide a fresh perspective for visitors to build their trips.

Cultural England from Hull to Liverpool
Taking advantage of its 2017 status as the UK City of Culture, Hull will lead on a project that highlights the cultural offer of northern England by developing an itinerary that can be accessed by German and Dutch visitors travelling with P&O Ferries. The itinerary will develop Hull as an international gateway, test the appeal of cultural experiences in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and scope the introduction of a Transpennine Cultural Rover rail ticket.

Picture of port of hull The last mile by e-car
Tackling the issue of how to see some of England’s best rural product in an eco-friendly way, e-car club will place electric car club vehicles at convenient locations so that international visitors can combine public transport and car travel to explore England’s glorious countryside. Focusing on Oxford and the Cotswolds this pilot will increase the awareness of the new service with tourism businesses and promote it to consumers.

The Friendly Invasion
During the Second World War 180,000 US airmen were based in East Anglia. Visitors from the United States are very interested in the lives and experiences of their compatriots’ time in the region and this project will make treading in their footsteps a more simple and appealing proposition. Packaging up a range of experiences that includes the essence of England combined with themed events and tours of the airbases themselves, this new product will be promoted to US consumers through the well-established memorial societies who are devoted to keeping the history of the Americans in England alive.

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