Press Releases

Oxford Official Walking Tours Wins 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Oxford Official Walking Tours have been recognised as among the best in the South East, based on outstanding 2019 Tripadvisor Traveller Reviews. Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are operated by Experience Oxfordshire – the Destination Management Organisation for the county – announced it has been awarded a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award based on a full…

Experience Oxfordshire organise MP visit to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Visitor Economy Businesses

This week Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, arranged for Robert Courts MP to visit businesses in his constituency of West Oxfordshire and discuss the impact that the pandemic was having locally. Visits were made to Caswell House in Brize Norton and Wychwood Brewery in Witney. At the start of the pandemic…

Oxford Official Walking Tours launch new Eccentric Oxford Tour

As the city of Oxford starts to re-open and welcome back locals and visitors, Oxford Official Walking Tours announce an exciting new addition to their walking tours programme – the Eccentric Oxford Tour. This brand new and hilarious tour could be just the tonic that is needed to delight both locals and staycationers this summer…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce The Evergreen Agency as New Ambassador

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, is delighted to announce The Evergreen Agency as their latest Ambassador Partner.   This new strategic partnership comes at an important time for the DMO as they are continuing to work hard to support partners throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and support the recovery of Oxfordshire’s visitor…

Experience Oxfordshire Launches ‘Opening Up Oxfordshire’ Campaign

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the county, is launching a new digital campaign to support the reopening of Oxfordshire’s visitor economy as restrictions begin to ease and the county emerges from lockdown.   The launch of the campaign coincides with the reopening of many hospitality and tourism businesses in the county this weekend,…

Experience Oxfordshire Venues Promotes Oxfordshire as Business Visits and Events Destination to Aid Economic Recovery

Experience Oxfordshire Venues, the free conference and event venue-finding service for Oxfordshire, operated by the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, has been promoting the region to business visits and events (BV&E) buyers to boost economic recovery post Covid-19.   Experience Oxfordshire Venues have published a new Venue Guide for Oxfordshire. The Venue Guide is…

Experience Oxfordshire sets Aspirations to be one of the Safest Destinations to Visit in England post Covid-19

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organistion (DMO) for Oxfordshire is today making a call to action to businesses and stakeholders to work together so that Oxfordshire can be recognised as one of the safest destinations to visit in England post Covid-19.   The call for action follows the announcement earlier this week that much of…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce Closure of Oxford Visitor Information Centre

Experience Oxfordshire have today announced that Oxford Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on Broad Street will remain closed permanently.   The centre closed in March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however it had been vulnerable for some time due to financial support being withdrawn from Oxford City Council.   Experience Oxfordshire (then Visit Oxfordshire), the Destination…

Experience Oxfordshire Urges Local MPs to Support the Visitor Economy and Local Businesses as English Tourism Week 2020 goes Virtual

Next week the annual English Tourism Week celebration (25-31 May), organised by VisitEngland, will be marked virtually, with Experience Oxfordshire launching a campaign to highlight the value of Oxfordshire’s threatened visitor economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.   This year’s English Tourism Week will focus on supporting the recovery of English tourism and…

Experience Oxfordshire Release Data on Economic Impact of Covid-19 to Oxfordshire’s Visitor Economy and Shares Concerns for the Sector’s Recovery

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the county, has published a report of findings from a county-wide survey to provide an initial analysis of the effect of the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown on visitor economy businesses across the county. Business Impact Report According to the research undertaken by Experience Oxfordshire the reduction…

Experience Oxfordshire Launches #DreamOxfordshire Campaign

Experience Oxfordshire has launched a new digital campaign to support Oxfordshire’s visitor economy through the Covid-19 pandemic.   Oxfordshire’s tourism industry brings £2.3 billion annually to the county, providing 40,000 local jobs and boosting economic growth – however, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused huge disruption to Oxfordshire’s visitor economy, with 86% of businesses reporting a…

Experience Oxfordshire Launches The Big Oxfordshire Quiz

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 30/03/2020 Experience Oxfordshire has launched ‘The Big Oxfordshire Quiz’ which aims to increase pride in place amongst Oxfordshire locals during the Covid-19 crisis and encourage online interaction. The Big Oxfordshire Quiz (#BigOxQuiz) campaign aims to bring Oxfordshire locals together through an online quiz every Friday evening during the…

Experience Oxfordshire Business Update

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 27/03/2020 Experience Oxfordshire have been inundated with businesses updates and are aware of the serious impact this is having on our sector; we have continuously been in discussion with government and national agencies to negotiate more support. We hope this update helps to signpost you to support as…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce Suspension of Public Facing Services

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 19/03/2020 Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO), for the County has today announced that they will be suspending public facing services from Monday 23rd March. The services that will be suspended will be the opening of Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street and operation of Oxford…

BBC War Correspondent John Simpson CBE gives keynote speech at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 16/03/2020 BBC War Correspondent John Simpson CBE gives keynote speech at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform John Simpson CBE was welcomed to Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire on Wednesday 11th March, as guest speaker at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform, which included a keynote speech, an interview from…

Head Mammal Keeper at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is Finalist for Top Tourism Award

A local zookeeper from Oxfordshire is in the running for the nation’s top tourism award– and we are asking Oxfordshire to get behind her!   Hayley Mullaney, who works at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens near Burford, is one of 10 finalists in with a chance of winning VisitEngland’s annual Tourism Superstar competition, supported by…

Experience Oxfordshire Unveil New Consumer Branding

Experience Oxfordshire are delighted to announce the launch of their new consumer branding.   The updated branding will create a new look and feel across Experience Oxfordshire’s marketing collateral, with an improved offering for visitors to Experience Oxfordshire’s website homepage and readers of the 2020 Oxfordshire Visitor Guide already live.   The Experience Oxfordshire visitor…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce Venues Rebrand to Attract More Business Visits and Events to Oxfordshire

The official venue finding service at Experience Oxfordshire, formerly known as Experience Oxfordshire Conferencing, has rebranded as Experience Oxfordshire Venues.   The new name acknowledges the increased remit of the service, as part of Experience Oxfordshire’s ambition to promote the region to business and events visitors as well as the traditional conferencing market. Modern business…

John Simpson, Veteran BBC News Correspondent, Announced as Keynote Speaker at Experience Oxfordshire’s Annual Cultural Platform for 2020

Experience Oxfordshire is delighted to announce its Cultural Platform event for 2020. John Simpson CBE, the renowned war zone correspondent, broadcaster & author, and current World Affairs Editor of BBC News, will deliver a keynote speech at Heythrop Park Resort on 11th March 2020. His speech will be followed by a conversation with Richard Venables…

Oxford Visitor Information Centre Recognised for Customer Service in Industry Awards

Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre has been awarded Silver for Visitor Information Service of the Year at last night’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence which were held at the Grand Hotel Brighton.   The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the tourism sector and inspire other businesses to reinvest and raise standards in quality, innovation and…

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…