Are you among the business owners to have seen a dramatic fall in the demand of local and international travellers as a result of the pandemic? Have you been forced to make changes to your services or temporarily close your business in a bid to limit costs?
Well, you’re far from alone, with tourism-focused businesses across the UK continuing to count the costs of the travel restrictions and social distancing measures.
But all is far from lost. There are promising signs of a return to normality, with Visit Britain predicting the value of domestic tourism spending to be £61.7bn in 2021. This represents a year-on-year increase of 79%, with an expected surge in demand for overnight accommodation and spending on leisure trips.
Now is the time to lay the foundations for the renewed success of your tourism business.
Local authorities across the UK are offering grants to aid the expansion of local businesses and kick-start the economy. One such local authority – Lincolnshire County Council is set to offer grants for those businesses who haven’t received financial support from the government since the onset of the pandemic. Vouchers to the value of between £1,000 and £5,000 are also to be offered for local businesses looking to build new websites, ecommerce platforms, contactless payments and software development to support the digitisation of your business. More details on how and when to qualify for the Lincolnshire County Council funding can be found here. The funding is also available to provide a contribution to a larger project where the applicant is able to pay the remaining costs of over £5,000.
As your trusted digital partners, Hanabi can help with everything from the preparation of a proposal for your funding applications to the development of tourist-focused websites.
Bring The Crowds Back With Hanabi
As the world gradually returns to normal, so more people will be using digital platforms to plan and schedule their holidays. Specialising in the creation of attractive and functional websites; Hanabi are here to help you prepare for the tourist influx. You can have confidence in our ability to craft the most appealing tourism platforms, blending stunning images and captivating descriptions for the desired impact.
From pristine white sand-beaches to fascinating heritage and mouth-watering cuisine; we create websites featuring the very best of Britain.
Hanabi builds websites for:
- Destination Management organisations
- Chamber of Commerce organisations
- Local attractions & hospitality businesses
Investment in a new digital platform will allow you to collect key visitor data for the creation of targeted tourism campaigns. Improved understanding and targeting of the customer market will translate into better results for your local destination and business.
If your business is a restaurant or takeaway, Hanabi also has a solution to help get your business online.
Crafting Your Website
Highly-focused and professional; we promise to build your website on-time and on-budget. Using the Craft CMS, we will build a website that looks as good on mobiles as it does on desktops. It won’t be long before you see a rise in the number of tourism enquiries and bookings.
Widely recognised as the leading CMS and trusted by global brands, Craft is our go-to website builder. With its clean and clear design, Craft allows for easy editing and web content management. Enabling the collection of valuable visitor data, Craft can be used for the development of targeted marketing campaigns.
The complete CMS, Craft features a central update system and state-of-the-art security for your peace of mind. Elegant, quick, and easy to use, Craft makes all the difference when it comes to the creation and maintenance of travel and tourism websites.
Your Trusted Web Design Partners
Hanabi’s founder, Neil Bradley has extensive experience in the development of digital platforms for the travel and tourism sector. Neil was the Technical Development Manager and Senior Developer for the Visit Lincoln website from the beginning, between the years 2012 and 2018, while working for another Lincoln design agency and in collaboration with a professional team of designers and marketeers.
The expertly designed City of Lincoln website provides listings for every attraction, restaurant and place to stay in and around Lincoln. The platform also enables the sharing of data with other websites developed by Neil (Shop Lincoln, Meet Lincoln & Lincs and Notts Tours being a few examples).
Neil worked in partnership with Emma Tatlow, Head of Visit Lincoln to create an outstanding website featuring a variety of local attractions.
Here’s Emma’s reflection on the experience: