Press Releases

Oxfordshire Bucks National Trend with Increase in Visitor Spend

This year’s Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, shows the county bucking the national trend with a significant increase in visitor spend in 2018. The study shows an impressive increase in spend of 5.1%, taking the value of the visitor economy in Oxfordshire to £2.28 billion, meeting the…

Experience Oxfordshire Launch New Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour

Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are run and managed by Experience Oxfordshire, have launched an exciting new Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour.   This new tour will open the doors of some of the most important ceremonial buildings of the University of Oxford. A great way to explore the city of Oxford,…

Oxfordshire Locations Rank as Best Destinations for Autumn Breaks in the UK

Oxford has ranked as the sixth best destination in the UK for an Autumn ‘staycation’ by HomeToGo, the world’s largest search engine for holiday homes, apartments, villas and cottages. Burford in Oxfordshire also ranked at number 20 on the list.   HomeToGo’s list of the twenty best destinations in the UK for Autumn considered everything…

Experience Oxfordshire host summer networking event at The Macdonald Bear Hotel

On 16th July Experience Oxfordshire welcomed Partners to their summer networking event at the Macdonald Bear Hotel, Woodstock Showcasing the venue to Experience Oxfordshire Partners, the team at the Bear welcomed guests to the Churchill Lounge, before a guided tour of the majestic 13th century coaching inn’s bedrooms and meeting facilities, all followed by a…

Experience Oxfordshire Ambassador Dinner

Hayley Beer-Gamage with Anthony Pickles of Visit Britain On 11th July, Experience Oxfordshire Ambassadors gathered at the stunning Macdonald Randolph Hotel for their annual Ambassador dinner. This was an opportunity for those businesses across the County that invest in and support the DMO to both network and find out about the work that Experience Oxfordshire have…

Minister for Business and Industry visits Oxford as part of Tourism Sector Deal Announcement

Andrew Stephenson MP, the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry, visited Oxford yesterday in anticipation of the announcement this morning of the Tourism Sector Deal, which sets out how the government and industry will work in partnership to boost productivity, develop the skills of the UK workforce and support destinations to enhance their visitor offer.

Experience Oxfordshire announce Ambition for Oxfordshire

Experience Oxfordshire have launched their ambition for destination management across Oxfordshire in their newly unveiled ‘Ambition Statement’. The award-winning Oxfordshire DMO (Destination Management Organisation) has been working to develop the Oxfordshire visitor economy since its creation in 2011.

Experience Oxfordshire Launch New Conference and Venues Website

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release                                                   For immediate release: 30/05/2019 Experience Oxfordshire has unveiled a new Conference and Venues website –  a new platform for conferencing, meetings, weddings and events in Oxfordshire, which will inspire visitors by showcasing Oxfordshire venues, and will also direct users to book their conference or meeting hassle-free at www.experienceoxfordshire.org/conferencing The new…

Experience Oxfordshire Hosts Travel Industry Leaders for Annual Partner Conference

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release                                                   For immediate release: 24/05/2019 Experience Oxfordshire were delighted to welcome travel industry experts from across the Country to their annual Partner Conference – ‘Insights from the Experts’ – at Jurys Inn, Oxford on 23rd May 2019. Now in its third year, the full-day event brought together national experts from across…

Oxfordshire MPs show support for the Visitor Economy on Constituency Day as part of English Tourism Week

Oxfordshire MPs welcomed visitors to Oxfordshire on Friday 5th April at tourism businesses throughout the County as part of VisitEngland’s national English Tourism Week Organised by Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the County, MPs visited businesses including Waterperry Gardens, Harcourt Arboretum, Wallingford Museum, Hook Norton Brewery, Cogges, Stonor Park and The Oxford Artisan…

Oxford Pass Launched at Blenheim Palace

On Wednesday 3 April, Blenheim Palace hosted the launch of the new Oxford Pass. The joint initiative between Blenheim Palace, Experience Oxfordshire and The Oxford Bus Company aims to increase tourism to the city and surrounding areas. Initially available for a 12-month trial period, the Pass offers visitors a quick and convenient ‘one stop shop’…

Experience Oxfordshire Began English Tourism Week with a Pop-Up at Great Western Railway’s Oxford Railway Station on 1st April

To begin celebrations of VisitEngland’s English Tourism Week (30th March – 7th April) initiative, Experience Oxfordshire set up a pop-up stand in Oxford Railway Station to promote Oxfordshire’s varied offering to excited visitors journeying through the station. The team handed out 500 Oxfordshire Visitor Guides to encourage tourists and residents to venture out and enjoy…

Experience Oxfordshire Promotes the County to Inbound Visitors at Birmingham Airport During English Tourism Week

Experience Oxfordshire were promoting Oxfordshire during VisitEngland’s English Tourism Week (30th March – 7th April) with a pop-up in Birmingham Airport’s arrivals terminal on Tuesday 2nd April. With inbound visitors and residents arriving from domestic and long-haul flights, the team were busy handing out Oxfordshire Visitor Guides and encouraging tourists and residents to explore Oxfordshire…

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Carole Souter CBE discuss the interplay between heritage and the visitor economy at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform

The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Richard Venables and Carole Souter CBE appeared at St. Cross College, Oxford yesterday, 14th March, as guest speakers at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform. Carole Souter CBE, former Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, and the current Master of St. Cross College in conversation…

England Originals Welcome Training to Take Place on 13th March 2019, a Valuable Opportunity for Oxford Businesses

Experience Oxfordshire is calling on Oxford businesses to get involved in a £1.6m Discover England Fund* project by England Originals from England Historic Cities, to attract more international visitors to the city. For the very first time Oxford along with 14 of England’s top ranked historic cities and the City of London, have come together…

Experience Oxfordshire Publishes 2019 Visitor Guide

Experience Oxfordshire have launched their 2019 Visitor Guide with more pages of content to inspire visitors than ever before. Speaking about the new Visitor Guide, Hayley Beer-Gamage, Chief Executive of Experience Oxfordshire commented: “The 2019 Visitor Guide showcases some of the many things there are to see and do across Oxfordshire and the city of…

Experience Oxfordshire Named Destination Marketing Organisation of the Year at UKinbound’s Awards for Excellence

UKinbound, the trade association that represents nearly 400 of the UK’s top tourism businesses, awarded Experience Oxfordshire the accolade of Destination Marketing Organisation of the Year at its Awards for Excellence event last night. The award was presented in front of over 250 tourism and hospitality professionals at the annual Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner,…

Birmingham Airport Become Experience Oxfordshire Ambassadors

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for Oxfordshire, is delighted to announce Birmingham Airport as the latest addition to the Ambassador collection. This strategic partnership will focus on drawing incoming visitors to Oxfordshire; the airport is situated just north of the county with rapid rail and motorway links, making it an ideal gateway for visitors…

Oxford Official Walking Tours Celebrates the International Day of the Tour Guide with Free Walking Tours of Oxford for Locals

On 21st February 2019, four free 1-hour walking tours of Oxford will be laid on for residents by Oxford Official Walking Tours, to celebrate the International Day of the Tour Guide. Two free tours are available at 10:30am and two at 1:30pm. They will depart from the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street and…

Experience Oxfordshire Host Winter Networking Event at New Theatre Oxford

On 29th January Experience Oxfordshire welcomed Partners to their winter networking event at the New Theatre, Oxford. Showcasing the venue to Experience Oxfordshire Partners, the team at the New Theatre welcomed guests to the Ambassador’s Lounge, before an exclusive behind the scenes guided tour of the art-deco theatre’s backstage areas and conference facilities, all followed…

What’s New and Exciting in Oxfordshire During 2019

2019 is set to be a great year for the county with even more reasons to visit, with plenty of new attractions, events and accommodation openings, exciting anniversaries to celebrate, and innovative products and tours to discover. Experience Oxfordshire are your one stop shop for all things Oxfordshire so here are some great reasons to…