For centuries cherry blossom time has been celebrated in Japan, so it was with excitement that I found myself bound for Kyoto, cultural centre of Japan. It is great gardens for which Kyoto is famous and the first anyone wants to see the Zen dry garden Ryoan-ji.
One of the appeals of Menton on the French Riviera is the largest museum dedicated to the works of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), a famous French artist who died fifty years ago. Frederic exolores the museum and the three towns forever linked with his work.
Two stories reported in The Scotsman this week should gladden hearts in their tourism industry. Firstly they have received grants from the EU which will be used to build a new visitor centre at the Orkney chambered tomb, Maeshowe and the redevelopment of the Highlanders Museum outside Inverness. Secondly, a rather reclusive American millionaire who had already given $4 million to the National Trust for Scotland has left a legacy in his will which might match the sum.
Thats what lots of people decided to do last weekend and, this weekend, even more may venture north. A Nevis a week ago, over 800 Skiers/Sledgers/Snowboarders opted to “Go with the snow” taking to the slopes which opened for snowsports a fortnight earlier than planned on 4-5 December 2010.
Tourism is also economic generation or even regeneration.
Let me explain. Investing in something that brings tourists to a destination means that money flows into the local economy. It also provides jobs or prevents jobs being lost. Persuading some manufacturer to base a factory in your area can cost more in development grants and subsidies than it may cost to develop a camp site or an attraction. So, more and more, places look to tourism as a way or killing two birds with one stone.
England is a country world-renowned for its history. Our ancient lineage of Kings and Queens, revered historic architecture and deep-seated traditions bring visitors from near and far. But the country’s history is also peppered with tales of smuggling and witchcraft, piracy and ghostly hauntings, which lend a more sinister side to many of England’s popular destinations. Here, VisitEngland looks at some of the country’s darker tourist attractions
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