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Getting to know the tourist accommodation industry

Resources to help start your business research

Getting to grips with useful websites and resources for those looking to start a business in the tourist accommodation industry.

TripAdvisor – the essential hospitality marketing resource

  • A guide to using TripAdvisor

British hospitality association, policy documents

  • Several industry reports specific to the hospitality and tourism sector

Places to list accommodation

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.


Networks and organisations

British Hospitality Association

  • They are the voice for the UK’s hospitality and tourism industry, (private sector) offering free advice and expert guidance

Tourism Alliance

  • An industry body who seeks to maintain a favourable operating environment for all businesses involved in delivering tourism

Bed and Breakfast Association

  • UK trade association for B&B’s and Guest Houses

Cumbria Tourism

  • Official tourism board for the Lake District, Cumbria.

English Association of Self Catering Operators

  • Trade organisation representing the self-catering holiday industry

Quality in Tourism

  • Professional association aiming to improve standards within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Unique Accommodation Assessment Scheme

  • Launched by Quality in Tourism and aims to celebrate the differences that make different properties exceptional

British Holiday and Home Parks Association

Tourism for all

The Glamping Association

  • Promoting standards and providing information on the glamping industry

Inspired Camping

  • An inspiring website full of relevant articles hosting a wealth of information about the camping and glamping industry

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