2017 National Parks Week

Our annual celebration to honor the beauty of Britain's landscapes

There are a total of 15 national parks in the United Kingdom. In England, there are ten, two in Scotland, and three in Wales. All of them have breathtaking and diverse natural beauty. These breathtakingly gorgeous regions protect a region's wildlife and cultural legacy, and as Britain's "breathing spaces," it's no surprise that these parks attract an estimated 110 million people each year.

“National Parks Week is an annual celebration of everything that is special and great about our 15 National Parks – Britain's breathing spaces,” according to the National Parks family. — The National Park Service National Parks Week is held every summer to honor the distinctive beauty of Britain's "winning landscapes" and to encourage people to visit national parks around the country.

Building capacity for European Cultural Capitals

Our Culture 21 Actions program

The initiative "Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture" is looking for specialists from a variety of fields to join its team. This expert group will assist the European Capitals of Culture implementation teams in bridging skill gaps. The project consortium is looking for specialists in a variety of sectors to assist in meeting key capacity-building objectives... Cities-in-Progress ‘Culture in Sustainable Cities' is a term used to describe how people live in cities that are environmentally friendly. The Learning with Culture 21 Actions program intends to give cities the opportunity to take part in a learning process, evaluating, designing, and implementing cultural policies that contribute to local sustainable development. The program's goals are to promote local and European understanding of the link between culture and local sustainable development in the participating countries... All projects are available to view.

National Parks Week is taking place from July 24th to July 30th, 2017.

Don't forget to bring the appropriate A-Z Adventure series map if you're visiting one of the 15 National Parks this summer. These maps incorporate the Ordnance Survey's 1:25 000 mapping, which shows public rights of way, open access land, national parks, tourist information, car parks, public houses, and camping and caravan sites in one convenient book.


Tourism trends and statistics, including inbound tourism, spending, employment, popular tourist destinations, and more!

Tourism Spending and Volumes

In 2019, citizens of the United Kingdom spent £19.5 billion on 99.1 million domestic overnight trips in England.In 2019, international visitors to England spent £24. 8 billion on 36. 1 million trips.In 2018, 1. 4 billion domestic day excursions to English places were taken, with £56. 5 billion spent.


In England, tourism has a high value.

Bringing in £98 billion a year. Over 2 million people are employed. Thousands of enterprises are supported. England's tourism industry is thriving and crucial, accounting for more than 80% of the UK's total visitor economy. Tourism collaborates with a variety of industries in England, including agriculture, transportation, retail, sport, museums, and the arts. In 2018, 37.9 million tourists visited the United Kingdom, although this figure reached an all-time high of 39.2 million in 2017! Overseas residents spent £2. 9 billion in July alone, illustrating the importance of tourism to the economy. Residents of the United States visited the most, with 3,877,000 persons doing so in 2018, closely followed by residents of France. The attractiveness of London as a tourist destination is demonstrated by the fact that it has 8 times the number of visitors as the second most visited city in the UK. Holidays are the most common reason for travellers to visit the UK, accounting for 63 percent of all visits.


Infographic: 2019 Key Facts & Trends

Tourism in England provides £106 billion to the British economy (GDP) and supports 2. 6 million employment when direct and indirect benefits (such as the supply chain) are taken into consideration. In terms of direct impacts alone, tourism generates £48 billion and supports 1. 4 million employment. In 2011, there were 208,880 VAT registered businesses in England in tourism sectors, including accommodation, food and drink, transport, travel agencies, cultural activities and more. Tourism provides 2. 6 million jobs and contributes £106 billion to the British economy and GDP. By 2025, the tourist business in the United Kingdom will be worth about £257 billion, accounting for almost 10% of the country's GDP. The industry employs 3. 8 million people and has a significant economic impact in the United Kingdom.