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Experience Oxfordshire Celebrates English Tourism Week

English Tourism Week this year, is dedicated to showing support for tourism businesses and destinations across the sector as they reopen and start to rebuild.

Coordinated by VisitEngland, having taken place May 22-31, English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the tourism industry, highlighting its economic importance to local economies and promoting the innovation, quality and range of products and services on offer to encourage more domestic breaks.

It comes as the tourism agency’s latest forecasts show that domestic tourism spending is estimated this year of GBP51,4 billion, just over half of the GBP91,6 billion in 2019.

In 2020 showed about two-thirds of the value wiped off the domestic tourism industry, a GBP58 billion loss to the economy.

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the County are asking people to get involved to raise the profile of Oxfordshire with a weeklong ‘Why I Love Oxfordshire’ campaign; encouraging locals and visitors to Oxford to share their images and join the conversation #WhyILoveOx.

Throughout the week Experience Oxfordshire offered 15 percent off all their award-winning Oxfordshire Official Walking Tours, which are a great way to explore the city of Oxford. 

During the week, the DMO hosted an exclusive cross party round table with MPs and businesses to discuss the visitor economy, how it has been impacted by the pandemic and support needed for recovery.