Honister Slate Mine are inviting hotel and guest house front of house staff to experience their product for free between the 3-9th February 2020 for front of house staff working in hotels and guesthouses. Staff with a strong knowledge of the area’s attractions are better equipped to recommend different activities or things to do depending on their guest’s interests.

Up to two staff members from each business will be able to book on to the all-weather experience which will include a Mine Tour, a taster of the Via Ferrata Extreme or a Climb the Mine taster. There will be chance to explore the site with its outdoor sculptures, shop, café and dramatic views.

To book your place contact Honister Slate Mine direct by emailing info@honister.com

Packed full of itineraries, attractions and accommodation tour 2020 Holiday Guide boasts 100 pages of inspirational content to attract new and repeat visitors to the county.

Printed by CT members Bucket & Spade and with a more magazine-like style complemented by high quality images, the guide taps into the growing desire for more experiential holidays and encourages readers to plan and book their break through our new Visit Lake District, Cumbria website (coming soon).

Thank you to all businesses who have advertised in the year’s guide, your support and content help make our printed guides such successes. Copies are distributed in key locations across the North West by our partners Northern Print Distribution and we’ve already received requests to ship guides internationally to potential overseas visitors.

For more information about our full range of printed publications and advertising opportunities please contact the team at publications@cumbriatourism.org.

Download a copy HERE

Looking to grow your international business? Keen to increase your sales through a wide range of distribution channels? Tourism Exchange GB has been developed to help you do just that.

Tourism Exchange GB is a B2B platform which links your availability, pricing, and bookings, with a range of Distributors, chosen by you, and all managed in one place.

What are the benefits of joining?

  • Increased exposure for your product, backed up by Cumbria Tourism’s year round destination marketing activity.
  • One stop exchange – manage availability, pricing, content and bookings in one place
  • Real time transfer of information
  • Free to join
  • Comprehensive sales reporting
  • Create free booking pages for your own website
  • No booking, no fee (pay 2.5% + VAT booking fee plus commission of your chosen Distributors)

What distribution channels are available?

These are growing all the time, but currently include the following:

Accommodation: Ctrip, Agoda, Booking.com, Expedia (and 19 related distributors) and Trivago

Attractions: VisitBritain Shop, TripAdvisor & Viator (and over 50 related distributors including Flight Centre, Lastminute.com & Etihad Airways) Marketing Manchester and HTS Touristik.


 How do you get connected?

Visit TXGB.co.uk to and follow the link to apply now.

If you have already have a booking system which is connected to TXGB (e.g. Bokun, Digitickets, Trekksoft, Anytime Booking) then you will be able to connect automatically with our connection wizard. Otherwise the TXGB support team can help you get connected via TX Load


With you every step of the way …

Our 24/7 support team is on hand to help make connection as quick and simple as possible. Whether you have a quick question or would like us to set up your business with you, the team is committed to providing as much support as you need.

You can contact the team on support@TXGB.co.uk or on 0330 223 5050



Get in touch. We’ll help get you connected. And help your business put Cumbria on the map!


If it worked for them …

National Forest E-Bike Holidays

“Having utilised the TXGB system to take payment for a booking, I’m really excited by its potential and can see how it will help reach overseas customers, as well as providing an efficient payment tool for UK guests. 

As a small business offering electric bike cycling holidays, this professional booking and payment system, which can dovetail into my existing business model is fantastic.. I’m certain that TXGB will become an integral part of my business model and strongly recommend it to other small tourism businesses.”

Sue Jerham, Director

Scranchester Tours

“I have found the process of using TXGB very straightforward and any queries I’ve had have been answered fully and promptly by the support team. The process for setting up my tours and managing my availability on TXGB load is easy and uncomplicated. The fact that in the future I will be able to integrate my ticketing provider with TXGB means that I will be able to manage my allocations in real-time from one place, which will make the whole process even easier. Linking up my Stripe payment account could not have been easier.

I have been operating my food tour business for less than two years. TXGB allows me, as a small business, to access platforms and to make links with travel trade which in the past would not have been possible. I am excited to see the platform grow and develop, and can thoroughly recommend it to other tourism businesses.”


Rob Kelly, Director

Cumbria Tourism Vice Chairman represented members and the visitor economy at the recent Lake District National Park Authority’s (LDNPA) Local Plan Examination in Public alongside other bodies including the Lake District Economic Forum, Friends of the Lake District as well as other mainly single issue campaigning groups or individuals. The inspectors interim findings are expected to be published in January 2020.

CT put forward evidence in line with the Executive Board’s response to the consultation. Other views expressed ranged from those that believed the plan provided for unlimited and inappropriate commercialisation throughout the National Park to those that believed the plan limited development to the point where communities were not adequately provided for. Having sat through this examination Dan is confident that the Inspector and the LDNPA will produce a balanced and sensible plan which will provide for appropriate development of businesses and housing while protecting the thing that is all our reason for being here, the fantastic Lake District landscape.