Britain: not just the Jubilee and the Olympics
At the New York Times Travel Show last weekend, Visit Britain, in the shape of Karen Clarkson, was asked what people should see in Britain this year. Apart from the Olympics and the Jubilee of course which, as she pointed out, last only a short period of time.
New York and the state sends more Americans to the UK than any area. When they come, London is the big draw, then Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland in that order.
So what did she suggest?
Highclere Castle, the location used for Downton Abbey was one place and the coast of Wales was another. Her favourite place? Glasgow, but she was a Scot! Another suggestion made by Kier Matthews of Europe Express was for Smithfield Market in London and the Jack the Ripper area of the East End of London.
Clarkson was on a panel with representatives of France and Switzerland. When asked what they would recommend in the UK, Alex Herrman of Switzerland opted for London as being one of the cities easily seen by foot. Anne-Laure Tuncer of France opted for Cornwall.
The panel was asked about where they would go to make a wedding extra special. “If Anglesey is good enough for William and Kate…” said Clarkson, “..but Wales, anywhere in Wales, for the scenery, the coastline and the people.”