Bright out­look for Bri­tain

Travel Bulletin - - EUROPE -

THE de­sire to travel within the UK has not been damp­ened as a re­sult of last year’s Brexit vote. If any­thing, the re­sult­ing de­pre­ci­a­tion of the pound has been an added im­pe­tus for over­seas trav­ellers to spend up big­ger in the UK, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish tourism of­fi­cials. Visitbri­tain de­clared at the start of the year that it was ex­pect­ing 2017 to be an­other record year for in­bound tourism to the UK. This year’s over­seas vis­i­tor spend is ex­pected to in­crease 8% on 2016 to £24.1 bil­lion, thanks to the 38.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals forecast by the end of this year. In the words of Trafal­gar’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matt Cameron-smith “Bri­tain is hot right now”. A pop­u­lar Trafal­gar offering this year is the eight-day Bri­tain and Ire­land High­lights which takes in Shake­speare’s Birth­place in Strat­ford-upon-avon, Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, York Min­ster, the Ir­ish Na­tional Stud Farm, the Ro­man land­marks of Bath and the an­cient stone cir­cle at Stone­henge. Mean­while, na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager for Globus Chris Fun­dell con­firmed Eng­land, Ire­land and Scot­land were al­ways front run­ners that he could rely on to do well for the com­pany. Globus’ 14-day Scot­tish High­lands and Is­lands tour had been a mas­sive hit for the com­pany this year, he said, hav­ing al­ready ex­ceeded to­tal 2016 sales by the end of Jan­uary 2017. The Glas­gow to Glas­gow roundtrip takes in Ed­in­burgh, In­ver­ness, Thurso, the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Mull. The tour of­fers vis­its to fa­mous cas­tles and his­tor­i­cal sights with breath­tak­ing scenery from Scot­land’s north­ern coast to the wa­ter­falls and jagged peaks on the Isle of Skye.

Tower Bridge of Lon­don

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