Reflecting upon a year like no other

12 months on from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Cumbria Tourism MD Gill Haigh evaluates at the impact of the Coronavirus on the county’s tourism industry, and how the county’s official Destination Management Organisation (DMO) is using the lessons learnt to come back stronger than ever. “Looking back to March 2020, it’s hard to…

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Celebrities inspire visitors to plan their return to Cumbria

Safe, open outdoor spaces and welcoming businesses are the key themes for Cumbria Tourism’s 2021 Holiday Guide, and Lake District-loving celebrities have shared their reasons why the county is #theperfectplacetobe for a post-lockdown break. Including personalised messages from stars including outdoors champion Julia Bradbury and Cumbria’s very own Helen Skelton, the 100-page guide celebrates the…

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Helping businesses tackle the legal implications of COVID-19

A Cumbrian legal firm with a speciality in working with the hospitality and tourism sector says the impact of the pandemic over the past 11 months has thrown up a range of issues for the industry, with various legal implications. Stuart Bailey is a senior solicitor at Thomson Hayton Winkley, which has five offices and…

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Michelin-starred restaurant helps nurture tomorrow’s tourism leaders

With young people’s jobs and career prospects hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic in recent months, one leading Lake District restaurant is forging ahead when it comes to inspiring Cumbria’s next generation of industry leaders – ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (8 to 14 February 2021). The Michelin-starred Cottage in the Wood in Whinlatter Forest…

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Cumbria Tourism Virtual Christmas Market attracts worldwide support

Many of Cumbria Tourism’s member businesses are reporting a strong showing of national and international as well as resident support for local Cumbrian goods in the run-up to Christmas, after the organisation launched an online marketplace as part of its ongoing ‘Shop Local’ campaign. The Virtual Christmas Market has been set-up to promote the very…

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