Article Archive for July 2011
Daybreak, the ITV breakfast programme that few of us watch has decided the holiday season is here. From Monday it is having a slot for a while called “Daybreak does Benidorm.” When Kaye wrote about Benidorm for CD-Traveller a few months ago, it quickly become one of our most read articles that month.
It is becoming a little difficult to work out whether we are travelling more or not. And if we are, what it means. You might have heard yesterday that the royal wedding caused a dip in our economic growth in the second quarter of the year. As did the tsunami, the Indian summer, the sale of Olympic tickets and probably the fact that I wore blue socks on the day. I would have thought the royal wedding was good for the economy because it encouraged visitors to come into the country and us to travel about over that four day holiday. But what do I know?
Criticism from visitors recently has been about the availability and opening hours of tourist information centres commonly known as TIC’s. To some it seems that there are fewer around than there used to be. Local councils complain that they cost a lot to run as they require humans to run them. So more than a few councils have considered whether to reduce their hours, do away with them or hand them over to the volunteer or private sector.
It seems that Irish golfers – and in particular Northern Irish golfers – have given the province the amount of publicity that tourism officials dream about. Having three players who have won majors has made commentators wonder what is in the water. Which vitamins are they on? Are Northern Irish courses the best breeding grounds for new champions?
Whatever it is Tourism Ireland has launched a £1.8 million campaign to persuade us to visit Ireland, not just the north, and to sample their courses.
After some years where we have stayed away from the United States and Florida in particular, the position has changed this year. Visitor figures from us to them has gone up by 29% compared to last year. And that is a bit unexpected.
We have been told that air passenger duty (APD) would deter people from travelling. Air fares are high during the summer much higher than they have been for some time and America also charges a visa fee. In spite of all of this we seem not to care.
[ October 22, 2011; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] **Part of the Bollington Walking Festival 2011**Wildflower walk, into the Harrop Valley and into atmospheric Harrop Wood, a magical place, untouched since WW2. Follow Harrop Brook, returning along the opposite hillside.Bridgend Centre104 Palmerston RoadBollingtonCheshireSK10 5PWTel:01625 576311Email:email@example.comCheshireCheshire
[ October 22, 2011; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] ** Part of Bollington Walking Festival 2011** Through the ancient lane of Hedgerow and walk the inviting ridge from Pym Chair along to Shining Tor, the highest point in Cheshire. Back via Lamaload Reservoir and Rainow.East Cheshire RamblersPool Bank Car ParkPalmerston StreetBollingtonCheshireCheshireCheshire
[ October 19, 2011; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] An insight into the spectacular colouring and planting of the Japanese Garden atTatton Park – types of plants, care and maintenance of the garden, plus a guided tour by Garden Manager, Sam Youd.Tatton ParkKnutsfordCheshireWA16 6QNTel:01625 374400 / 01625 374428Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgCheshireCheshire
[ October 28, 2011; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] **Part of the Bollington Walking Festival 2011**Circumnavigate Bollington, across rolling hills and through delightful woods, imcluding the newly restored Tinkers Clough in Bollington and magic Harrop Wood in the Peak Park.Bridgend Centre104 Palmerston RoadBollingtonCheshireSK10 5PWTel:01625 576311Email:email@example.comCheshireCheshire