TRAVEL GAZETTE – English Tourism Week is underway, with seven days devoted to promoting travelling and exploring England.
VisitEngland is attempting to give a boost to the domestic travel scene by showcasing the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy.
The agency has worked with popular TV Julia Bradbury to encourage more people to explore the country: “Springtime in England is such an exciting time with our beautiful countryside leaping to life as it stirs from its winter slumber. From wildflowers to new-born animals, from heritage buildings reopening to mouth-watering seasonal food, it’s one of the best times to blow off the cobwebs, get outdoors and explore the amazing landscapes, experiences and activities on your doorstep,” Bradbury said.
VisitEngland said the spring equinox (Tuesday 20 March) marks a time to celebrate woodlands bursting with daffodils, fields filled with adorable animals and long, warm, country walks.
Figures from VisitEngland show that from January to November 2017 British people took more than 44 million domestic holidays, spending in excess of U$14billion.
Last year, England’s largest national park, the Lake District, said it expected a boost in visitor numbers after it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Already a leading tourism attraction in Britain, the mountainous region and its famous lakes, are a magnet for tourists from every continent.
Elsewhere, back in November 2017, Britain’s most famous playwright William Shakespeare was used to help spearhead a new drive to attract overseas tourists to the Midlands area of England.