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VisitBritain supplies free trade website for British tourism industry

Tourism suppliers can create content and manage their own listings on new global platform.

VisitBritain launches the new version of its award-winning international travel trade website and becomes the first national tourism body to offer a free self-managing directory for tourism businesses of any size or location.

A core feature of the new UK website enables any UK tourism stakeholders to manage their own listing on VisitBritain’s platforms, allowing their business to be searchable and contactable by the overseas trade. The supplier directory currently stands at 137, but the site has no limit to the amount of businesses it can host. The new platform is going live today on all English versions of the trade website, including: USA, Canada, Australia, India, GCC, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Scandinavia. Throughout October eight other language versions will be rolled out, allowing UK attractions to create translated versions of their supplier listings in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Russian or Chinese (simplified).

The supplier listings are completely free and listed companies will be able to track online traffic to their own website from the VisitBritain directory. Listings can be categorised based upon the area of business as well as the regions of Britain sold and their location. Inbound operators overseas are also able to create listings which will then be searchable by UK trade, providing a platform for engagement and ultimately driving both visitor numbers and tourism spend. The trade website also offers access to VisitBritain’s invaluable research and insights along with a free gallery of over 3,000 high quality inspirational images of Britain.

In addition to the listings, users are also able to create itineraries based upon predefined locations, which will be featured and searchable on the trade website from 1 November 2014, providing a key planning tool for overseas trade.

The impact of VisitBritain’s B2B work equates to a total value of £233 million. The website has already won four prestigious awards including: ‘Best Trade Initiative’ UKInbound 2013, ‘Best in Class’ B2B Category IMA Awards 2014, W3 Silver Award 2014 and a Bronze at The Lovie Awards (Government Category).

Russell Knight, International Travel Trade Manager at VisitBritain, said: “Providing a free platform for all UK businesses to be featured and promoted was one of our key objectives. We’ve now empowered the travel trade to manage their own presence, resulting in greater exposure of their product and itineraries, which, in turn, will bring more visitors to Britain.

“We are calling for the tourism trade to sign up now and take advantage of a platform which will increase your business.”

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.