Press Releases

England’s Historic Cities to benefit from £1m investment

England’s Historic Cities consortium which includes Oxford through the local Destination Management Organisation (DMO) Experience Oxfordshire, has secured a £1m investment from the Discover England Fund for an innovative new project to encourage more US visitors to explore regional England. The Collection brings history to life through story-telling enhanced by augmented reality and will feature…

Philip Pullman’s Oxford Tour

Go behind-the-scenes in Lyra’s Oxford to coincide with the launch of La Belle Sauvage To mark the publication of Philip Pullman’s highly-anticipated La Belle Sauvage on Thursday 19th October 2017, rediscover the world of His Dark Materials and the setting of the new The Book of Dust series with a walk around Philip Pullman’s Oxford….

Experience Oxfordshire host summer networking event at the newest Andrew Brownsword Hotel: Old Swan & Minster Mill

Last week, Experience Oxfordshire welcomed Partners to their annual summer networking event at the Old Swan & Minster Mill near Witney. The event marked a year since the Old Swan & Minster Mill became part of Andrew Brownsword Hotels, a collection of 13 luxurious countryside and city centre hotels in the UK. Showcasing the venue…

Experience Oxfordshire Conferencing Venue Heythrop Park Resort unveils new Wedding, Banqueting and Conferencing Space.

Experience Oxfordshire Conferencing Partner, Heythrop Park Resort, has announced the launch of their all new event space: The Archery Suite. The new space is a fixed marquee able to accommodate up to 1,000 people and is ideal for banqueting, weddings and conferences all year round. The Archery Suite is fully equipped with Wi-Fi, heating, and…

Oxford Visitor Information Centre Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Recognised for its high level of customer service, Oxford Visitor Information Centre has recently been awarded TripAdvisor’s prestigious 2017 Certificate of Excellence. An award given to top performing businesses in the hospitality sector, this accolade contributes to awards that Experience Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centre has received in the past, and demonstrates how much of a…

Experience Oxfordshire appoints Joanna Simons as new Chair of Board

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the County, has announced the appointment of Joanna Simons CBE as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, who replaces the current Chair Professor Graham Upton who has held the position for the past five years. Joanna Simons brings a wealth of experience to the Experience Oxfordshire…

Oxford celebrates Harry Potter’s 20th birthday

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 22/06/17 Oxford celebrates Harry Potter’s 20th birthday The Oxford Visitor Information Centre will be magically transformed into Oxford’s very own Harry Potter-themed haven to celebrate the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Monday 26th of…

Dad’s Day Out: 8 great things to do with your Dad in Oxfordshire this Father’s Day

For immediate release: 15/06/17 Dad’s Day Out: 8 great things to do with your Dad in Oxfordshire this Father’s Day With Father’s Day coming, we’ve compiled a list of places to go and fun things to do to give all Dads a great day out this weekend. http://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/dads-day-out/ 1. Explore the vintage cars at Cogges…

New Oxford Highlights Walking Tour Unveiled

For immediate release: 23/05/17 Commencing in June, Oxford Official Walking Tours is now offering an all-new Oxford Highlights Tour, allowing visitors to the city to see all the iconic sights in just one hour. The short tour visits key sights in the city centre including the magnificent University buildings found in the Radcliffe Square; the…

Launch of augmented reality project is set to bring new life to the Bodleian Library

Oxford is one of twelve of England’s historic cities which have collaborated to develop an innovative augmented reality (AR) product that is set to bring heritage to life. The ground-breaking new AR experience launched on March 31st to celebrate English Tourism Week. It consists of an app and videos that transports the user back in…

Experience Oxfordshire launches new Visitor and Partner websites

Experience Oxfordshire has unveiled two new websites. This substantial investment has delivered two completely revised websites that feature a new design, content and user friendly navigation. The new visitor website aims to inspire and inform prospective visitors about all there is to see and do in the county. New features include the option to save…

Experience Oxfordshire announced as finalists in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2017 with Experience Oxfordshire named as a finalist. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf, London. Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best…

Experience Oxfordshire further strengthens its Board of Directors with the appointment of Christopher Wigg and Dominic Hare

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the county, has announced the appointment of Christopher Wigg and Dominic Hare to its Board of Directors. Dominic Hare, recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer at Blenheim Palace, has a long working background at the Palace, and has great experience of working with businesses across Oxfordshire and beyond….

Oxfordshire Welcomes Industry Experts

Experience Oxfordshire welcomed experts from across the sector to their Partner conference at the newly refurbished Jurys Inn Oxford. Nine experts joined the events with representatives from; VisitEngland, VisitBritain, UKinbound, Arts Council England, Tourism Alliance, Destination Research, Travel GBI, Stephen Spencer Associates and Ginger Juice. Speaking at the ‘Insights from the Experts’ event, they provided…

Economic Impact Data Report: Oxfordshire’s Visitor Economy continues to Thrive

The Economic Impact Report of Tourism for Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, has revealed a positive picture for tourism in 2015. The study showed that the sector supports 33,447 jobs in Oxfordshire, a rise of 4.2%. Further good news is the increase in overnight stays – a key driver for growth in the…