Latest news 2018-02-28T08:32:40+00:00

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Northern Ireland’s food hub

Northern Ireland is positioning itself as a major food destination, and Strangford Lough is seen as a potentially major food hub. The Borough of Ards and North Down is investing in farm-to-fork initiatives and promotion of its exceptional seafood, working with both producers and retailers, and has engaged Place Solutions, partnering with TEAM, to help develop a leading food and drink strategy and offer.

28 February 2018

Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland

Abu Dhabi’s leisure tourism ambitions

Abu Dhabi is emerging as a major leisure tourism brand, with its Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, attractions such as Ferrari World and, soon, a Warner Bros. theme park – all in one place. Miral Asset Management, responsible for Yas Island as a visitor destination, commissioned TEAM to help take its visitor services to a world-class level, in line with their 2021 Vision.

20 February 2018

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The Western Silk Road

The UNWTO’s Silk Road Programme was launched in 1994, and has succeeded in putting many previously little-known tourism destinations of Central Asia on the map. The UNWTO’s complementary programme, the Western Silk Road, was launched in 2017, with the strong support of the Spanish city of Valencia, which is investing heavily in its silk production and trading heritage. TEAM’s David Ward-Perkins was invited to run a workshop at the UNWTO Silk Road Training and Capacity Building Seminar in November, attended by both Asian and European representatives.

Read more about this story on the UNWTO website.

4 December 2017
Image of the Silk Exchange in Valencia kindly reproduced here courtesy of VisitValencia.

The Western Silk Road

Review of the current tour guiding industry in Northern Ireland

TEAM has been commissioned by Tourism Northern Ireland to prepare an overview of the current tour guiding industry in Northern Ireland. This overview is to include an audit on tour guides, guiding skills, rates, update on other UK tour guiding bodies and related remit of the National Tourism Bodies. The work will build on the 2011 Review of ‘Tourist Guiding Quality & Accreditation, the aim of which was to develop a single regulatory body and accreditation framework for tour guiding in NI, ultimately ensuring the best possible visitor experience.

18 October 2017

Northern Ireland

Delivering a visitor economy product development programme for coastal West Sussex

TEAM Tourism Consulting has been appointed to help develop the tourism product and experience in coastal West Sussex. Focused on the areas of accommodation and food, activities, culture and heritage, public space and events, the work involves creating a strong economic narrative for key project proposals which will underpin the county’s tourism renaissance. It will identify and evaluate potential projects as part of a cohesive investment programme, prepare an overall implementation plan, and examine and prepare a series of bids to potential funding sources.

10 October 2017

Coastal West Sussex

Destination benchmarking

Destinations International (DI) is a membership organisation which represents 600 destinations in 15 countries. DI aims to provide its members with cutting-edge educational resources, industry research and networking opportunities. DI asked TEAM Tourism Consulting to create an initial knowledge bank for its new Destination FIRST programme – helping to build a live knowledge resource for its members around the world.

TEAM used a combined qualitative and quantitative approach including:

  • nine in-depth DMO case studies covering a range of organisation types in a mix of world cities, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cape Town, Singapore, Vancouver and Victoria, complemented by case studies of three US DMOs. Those included information related to the DMO, its strategy, its business and operational plans.
  • a quantitative online global survey of DMOs which covered the way DMOs are organised, funded, the activities they undertake and their plans for the future

5 October 2017


UNWTO / ETC Handbook on Tourism Themes and Routes

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) are about to publish a new report, ‘A Handbook on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes’, prepared by TEAM over the past 18 months, with input and case studies from experts around the world. The handbook is a comprehensive guide to the many and various tourism networks and routes that stretch across borders, both in Europe and on other continents. It serves as a practical manual for managers of existing transnational products and for those seeking to partner internationally.

The handbook was written by TEAM destination consultants David Ward-Perkins, Issa Torres, Jennifer Houiellebecq and Jackie Ellis, with the help of an expert panel of specialists, covering all five continents and drawn from TEAM’s wider network of tourism consultants.

In November 2017, TEAM will be running a practical workshop for national and regional destination management organisations at the ETC-UNWTO International Seminar on Transnational Themes and Routes.

2 October 2017

Group of hikers in Tien Shan mountains, central asia, Kyrgyzstan.

News of TEAM’s recent work on food tourism

In January 2017, TEAM was appointed by VisitBritain and DEFRA (Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs) to produce a set of case studies from around the world that showcase the successful creation and management of ‘food hubs’, where food production and food tourism boost and complement each other, thereby building an international reputation.

After much analysis and discussion, six best practice food hubs were selected, some urban, some rural, some coastal: Catalonia, Iceland, Tasmania, Nova Scotia, Melbourne and the Basque Country. The case studies will be shared with UK cities and regions interested in becoming leading food destinations, through training and seminars, the first of which will be run by TEAM in the course of 2018.

1 October 2017