National Tourist Board ENIT Explores the Popularity of Italian Seaside Holidays

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Cristiano Radaelli, the Commissioner for the national tourist board in Italy, ENIT, has announced at the first conference to look at coastal tourism that one in five foreign tourists choose Italy for sea holidays. The conference was held in Favignana, Sicily Island and this is the first national conference to take place exploring the coastal and maritime tourism of Italy.

The Commissioner has said that more than 8 million foreign tourists who visit Italy select the maritime destinations on offer in the country for their stay. This 8 million equates to 17% of the total number of tourists visiting Italy. The latest Bank of Italy figures shows that in 2013, tourism brought €3,586 million to the country from tourist spending. The European Union has noted that they coastal and maritime tourism in Italy is vital to boost growth. The tourism industry is a central part of the economy in a number of coastal areas and is a vital source of employment. The tourism industry is seen as particularly important in Southern Italy.

ENIT has said that they will continue to promote Italy as part of a reconfiguration of the framework used by the tourism board. This update will allow ENIT to further highlight the sea industry in Italy and use more digital marketing techniques in order to further boost the number of people visiting the seaside resort in Italy.

ENIT has recorded that there has been significant interest in Italy as a holiday destinations from Central and Eastern Europe, this includes the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania as well as a healthy level of interest from more mature tourism markets such as the UK. Research has also found that Italy is becoming more popular with Russian tourists, with a 62.9% increase in holiday traffic in comparison to last year.

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Ye Olde Bell Launch Afternoon Unwind Spa Package

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The Boutique Hotel in Barnby, Nottinghamshire has launched a new Afternoon Tea event in order to celebrate the opening of their new multi-million pound spa. The Afternoon Unwind is an offer that includes a quintessentially English delight as well as a relaxing pampering treatment and access into the modern and elegant spa.

The traditional afternoon tea as part of this offer is served at the 17th Century hotel in Barnby Moor village. The culinary treat includes a collection of finger sandwiches, mii patisserie, homemade scone served with clotted cream and preserves. These treats come with the choice of tea, coffee or champagne to start off the indulgent experience.

Guests of the Hotel and Spa for the Afternoon Unwind can then head to the newly opened Sap in order to carry on the relaxing afternoon. Guests will be able to enjoy the ten different spa experiences that are on offer at the newly opened quality spa facility. The guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the indoor/outdoor vitality pool and the outdoor relaxation areas featuring Alpine lodges and solar heated sun loungers.

The Spa at Ye Olde Bell opened on the 1st of June and has been finished to a very high standard, with a range of different spa experiences and facilities to enjoy, and spa butlers on hand to see to you every need during your visit.

The Afternoon Unwind includes three hours of spa access as well as the Afternoon tea and a 30-minute treatment. This package is great for those wanting to relax for the afternoon in a freshly developed modern spa while enjoying a traditionally English treat. The package costs £85 pp. Alternatively, the afternoon tea is also available throughout the hotel and their gardens without the spa experience, and is served from 2:30pm until 5:30pm.

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Action on Sugar Calls for Better Labelling of Cereal Products

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Action on Sugar is a group of specialists that are working to reach an agreement with the food industry and the government in regards to the harmful effects of a high sugar diet and bring about the reduction in the amount of sugar that is found in processed foods. The organisation is concerned with the levels of sugar that is found in food and its impact on the health of the public.

As part of their work to cut down the levels of sugar that are found in food, Action on Sugar has expressed concern that companies may be deliberately misleading shoppers by having poor nutrition labelling on their products.  The organisation has accused a number of cereal manufacturers of having poor labelling in order to deceive customers.

The Organisation has come to this conclusion following a survey that was carried out by health campaigners. 25 breakfast cereal manufacturers were involved in the study and is has been found that Bear, Jordan’s, Kellogg’s and Nestlé did not use front of packaging nutrition information labelling on their products. These companies also failed to use the recommended colour coding system that has been created by the Department of Health. There were another six brands that did not use the front of packaging labelling. These brands were Eat Natural, Lizi’s, Nature’s Path, Paleo Foods, Rude Health and Dorset Cereals. Some of the products on offer from these brands do contain lower levels of sugar, and would use Green with the Department of Health’s code, however the brands failed to highlight this.

This lack of colour coding could prevent customers from switching to a lower sugar option, preventing them from making informed decisions. It seems counter productive that cereal manufacturers would not advertise the nutritional information on their product, especially the lower sugar options.

The front of packaging and colour coordinated display of nutritional information is important and allows consumers to make a more informed decision about what they are eating. Action on Sugar is wanting the traffic light colour coded labelling to feature on all food and drink products and provides the variable salt and sugar values in products at a glance. More rigorous implementation of the traffic light coding may also force manufacturers to cut down the amount of sugar they put into their products.

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Historic Royal Palaces Launch new Tower Pursuits Team Building with Wildgoose

The iconic Tower of London is one of six venues that are cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity that works to maintain the venues as well as offer them as unique spaces for events in order to fundraise. The Charity has launched a new event that it is hoped will attract more team building events. It is thought that the new activity will also add another level to the business events that they offer.

This new team building activity is called Tower Pursuits and it has been designed with the support of Wildgoose, the team building activity experts. The activity looks to showcase a number of famous features at the Tower of London while also highlighting a number of more hidden and lesser known facts about the palace. The activity will focus on technology, social media and a range of guest interaction while also making the most of the historic fortress.

The Tower of London is nearly 1,000 years old and this new activity that has been put on by Historic Royal Palaces is a unique team building opportunity at one of the most famous landmarks in London. The Teambuilds that are on offer can be tailored to a range of group sizes and has been organised to leave a lasting impression of the Tower on those that participate as well as boosting morale, confidence and understanding within the team.

Participants in these Teambuild schemes will be required to go to a range of hotspots around the palace and then asked to answer a range of trivia questions while also filming a range of creative videos and taking photos at each of the locations.

This new activity is a great way to extend the events options on offer at the Tower of London, which is thought to be one of the most iconic destinations in the world. It is a great idea to utilize technology in order to bring to life the history of the location and working with Wildgoose in order to develop the team building activities has allowed them to offer an innovative and unique team building exercise.

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Scottish Government Grant Funding to Meat Firms

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The Scottish Government has awarded over £600,000 worth of funding to two Scottish butchers, one meat processor and an abattoir association. This funding has been given by the Scottish Government in order to allow them to expand their organisations. Border Meats in Lockerbie, Simon Howie Butchers in Perthshire, Millers of Speyside and The Scottish Islands Abattoir Association have secured the funding in order to expand their respective organisations.

Border Meats is a family-run butchery business based in Lockerbie. The Butchers employs 20 members of staff and has been given £305,000. These funds will be used by the company to centralise their operations, replacing their retail butchery premises that can be found on Goods Station Road and replace it with a new facility that is purpose built for their requirements and features a sustainable abattoir.

Simon Howie Butchers were awarded with a £206,294 government grant that will be used by the Perthshire butchers to create a dry goods store, a cold store and blast freezing facilities and a centralised meat packing room. This facility is to be constructed at Findony Farm. This grant is the second largest amount that has been awarded by the Scottish Government as part of this release of funding. Simon Howie Butchers already operates two retail butchery premises that are located in Perthshire and they have already purchased their third site, Findony Farm in preparation for development. The Butchers also supplies more than 200 hotels and restaurants.

The meat processing company that has also been given funding from the Scottish Government in order to expand is Millers of Speyside. This company is a multi-species meat processing company that has been awarded funding in order to purchase and install an incinerator on their site as well as a stun box to be used on their cattle and pig line. The meat processing company has been awarded £83,660 in order to carry out this expansion work.

The Scottish Islands Abattoir Association is made up of a collective group of slaughterhouses that are in water locked locations. The association is expected to receive £43,400 which will fund a feasibility study that will analyse the economic sustainability of abattoirs while also exploring the different ways that they levels of throughput could be increased.

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