Eurovision 2014: United Kingdom confirms participation
We believe it is one of the strongest tourism markets in Western Europe, with the highest hotels industry value and one of the highest tourism arrivals and tourism receipts values; we see these trends continuing throughout our forecast period. The UK is also due to host two major international sporting events over the coming years – the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2015 Rugby World Cup (at various locations around the country). These events are likely to result in large numbers of participants and spectators travelling to the United Kingdom. An overview of the UK’s top 10 tourism markets highlights the fact that Europe remains the UK’s main source of tourism, despite the continuing economic uncertainty. However we are calculating a slight decline on our previous Q4 forecast as the continuing economic downturn in much of Europe over this period is likely to act as a deterrent for potential tourists. However the other regions are forecast to see a growth in arrivals over 2013 and we have increased our forecasts for inbound tourists from these regions. After a period of significant infrastructure development and hotel-building activity in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the scene may now be set for more modest overall growth in the UK’s hotel industry. Recent developments include: – Accor is launching a new brand in the UK, the Adiago aparthotels, the first of which opened in Liverpool in March 2013. – The group also re-launched their Mercure hotel in London in June 2013, following an extensive redesign of the hotel. It is the flagship UK hotel in a brand Accor is hoping to double the size of by 2016. – Over the past quarter ICHG has signed three new hotels to its Holiday Inn brand. UK construction company Balfour Beatty secured a contract worth GBP121mn (US$181.5mn) to build a hotel, leisure and apartment complex for Grove Developments in North Greenwich Peninsula in London. – China-based commercial property and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is to develop a hotel and residential project in London. – UK conglomerate Rigby Group has acquired a majority stake in Exeter International Airport.
The British broadcaster BBC is yet to determine the method and mechanism it will use to select its 2014 Eurovision Song Contest entry and representative. Further details regarding UK’s 2014 Eurovision plans will be released in due course. In 2013 Bonnie Tyler was selected to represent the United Kingdom via an internal selection with her entry Believe in me. The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has won the event a total of 5 times (1967, 1969, 1976,19881 and 1997). The UK also holds the record of being the country with the most 2nd places in the contest , achieving the runner up position a total of 15 times. We must not forget that the United Kingdom also holds the record of hosting the contest a total of 8 times: London 1960, 1963, 1968, 1977, Edinburgh 1972, Brighton 1974, Harrogate 1982 and Birmingham 1998. The UK has only missed one contest since their debut in 1957, notably the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. The Brits have been competing in Europe’s favourite television show religiously every year since 1959. Sweden, Denmark , Finland , Norway, France, Albania , Iceland, Ireland, San Marino, Georgia , Switzerland, The Netherlands, Estonia , Malta, Russia, Germany, Austria , FYR Macedonia , Montenegro, Belgium , Spain ,United Kingdom and Latvia have all confirmed their participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest next year in Denmark . Whilst Italy, Belarus , Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia have said they will most likely be in the competition. Who will follow into Bonnie Tyler’s footsteps and represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest? Stay tuned to Esctoday.com for the latest information.