It’s the Pubs in the North East

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That, according to Visit Britain, is what is attracting people to that part of the country. This is one of many results to be found in a report snappily titled, “Activities Undertaken by Visitors from Overseas in Different Parts of Britain.” But there is a lot on this report to digest, not just the interesting bits that say why visitors go to different regions of our countries. Just as interesting is how much they spend in those regions and the disparities that arise.
Let’s start with the appeal of the different regions. For the north east the lure of the pub was the strongest in any region as was the appeal of nightclubs and football. (five times higher than anywhere else so Newcastle, Middlesborough and Sunderland clubs should be happy) For the north west, football was also a draw as was going to live music events but so was the coastline and Blackpool itself. In Yorkshire it was the rural areas that people went to so it sounds as though walkers and sightseers dominate the type of visitor they get. In the West Midlands, it is the countryside again but Stratford has a considerable attraction. (see CD-Traveller in early January when there will be a feature in our Day’s Out series) For the East Midlands, the countryside was the appeal but so was eating out. It recorded the third highest percentage in that category. The east of England pretty much appeals to all sorts of visitors and no one single group sticks out. It is the all-rounder in our countries. In the south west, the countryside and the villages are the draw. Visitors also use the tourist information centres more than any other English or Welsh region. In the south east, the buildings and the gardens are the appeal. London is almost to difficult to understand because it rates high in most categories given its range of shops, museums and galleries to visit, heritage and its vast array of different types of restaurants.
Scotland was a bit of a surprise to me. Yes I could believe that it would attract more people to castles than elsewhere (it proportionately has so many more of them) and golfers but it ranked with London for shopping and higher than London for dining out. It also had more people visiting the countryside than anywhere else. And finally to Wales where the highest number of people visited who were looking into their ancestry, more than Scotland (just) which was another surprise. Wales seems must be the most friendly place (not that I’m biased) since it outranks any other place where visitors like to socialise with the locals.

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