Press Releases

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…

Oxford Visitor Information Centre wins Top Tourism Award

Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre has been named Information Service of the Year at last night’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence which were held at the Grand Hotel Brighton, while Experience Oxfordshire’s ‘Oxford Official Walking Tours’ was awarded Highly Commended status for Guided Tour of the Year. The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the tourism…

USA Tourism Leader Visits Oxford

Experience Oxfordshire were delighted to welcome Gavin Landry, the Director and Executive Vice President of VisitBritain Americas, to Oxford on the 28th October 2018. The visit was negotiated by Chief Executive of Experience Oxfordshire, Hayley Beer-Gamage, following on from increased activity in the USA market and a recent travel trade mission on territory. The VIP…

Oxfordshire Exceeds Target for Visitor Spend

 For Immediate Release:  The recently published Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, has shown a significant increase in visitor spend in 2017. The study shows an impressive increase in spend of 6% taking the value of the visitor economy spend to £2.17 billion, exceeding the target of 5%…

New Augmented Reality App Brings Oxford to Life Like Never Before

England Originals from England’s Historic Cities, has launched its very first app, bringing to life 16 historic destinations in England, including Oxford, using the power of augmented reality (AR). Created by Hex Digital and aimed primarily at international millennials looking to explore England, the app combines emerging technology and powerful storytelling to provide a fun…

England Originals previews new tours designed to bring more international visitors to Oxford

Quirky historic stories, fun facts and amazingly Instagrammable locations. For the very first time Oxford, along with 14 of England’s top-ranked historic cities and the City of London, have come together as England Originals from England’s Historic Cities* and are previewing their five new, hassle-free, easy to book itineraries. And there’s an exciting twist, new…

Oxford Official Walking Tours Awarded VisitEngland ‘Quality Assured Tour’ Accolade

Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are run and managed by Experience Oxfordshire, have once again been awarded VisitEngland’s ‘Quality Assured Tour’ accolade.

Experience Oxfordshire announce Dominvs Group as Ambassador

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire is delighted to announce Dominvs Group as the latest edition to the Ambassador collection. Dominvs Group is a hotel, real estate and private equity family owned business which will develop and operate the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oxford City Centre which will be opening…

Experience Oxfordshire Launch new Purely Pubs Walking Tour of the City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 16/08/2018 Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are run and managed by Experience Oxfordshire, have launched an exciting new Purely Pubs Tour of the City. This new tour is a modern twist on a conventional walking tour and a great way to explore the City of Oxford. Ideal for anyone interested in not…

Bob Cotton OBE announced as Inaugural Patron of Experience Oxfordshire

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 05/07/2018 Bob Cotton OBE announced as Inaugural Patron of Experience Oxfordshire On the 5th July 2018, Experience Oxfordshire brought together key businesses and stakeholders from across Oxfordshire to launch their new Patron Scheme, with Bob Cotton OBE stepping up and leading the way as the first announced Patron. The…