Saturday snippets: 28th February 2015

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one of many golf courses

one of many golf courses

Golf attracts devotees with an almost religious fervour. I’ve never been a fan myself but golfers – who at other times seem perfectly normal – are rabid in their enthusiasm. And the Algarve in Portugal which sports 41 courses has been the recieint of thir interest in the last year. Last year it reported an increase of more than 50,000 rounds played and, naturally expects an improvement on that this year. I even know people who have set themselves the target of playing all 41 courses in the one summer season although that is easier than it sounds since the area has so much dry, sunny weather that “summer” lasts much longer than here!

The Italian tourist authority has launched a website. Nothing unusual about that you might say since most destinations change them every year or so whilst trumpeting how much more useful the new one is. This is different. This is useful as it provides a listing of well over a thousand events, festivals, exhibitions and anniversaries that will be happening in Italy this year. The site, Very Bello,  is well worth a visit before you holiday in Italy so you can see what’s on before you get there.

Philadelphia cherry blossom

Philadelphia cherry blossom

Just about Travel has covered some cherry festivals that happen but her is a reminder that, if you are holidaying in the US over the Easter break, then a trip to Philadelphia to see the cherry festival there is worth a detour. The Suburu Cherry Blossom Festival runs from the sixth until the twelfth of April and concludes on the Sunday with a martial arts’ dancing and live music.

In the last year there has been a lot of talk about regenerating seaside resorts. Whilst many resorts have suffered from falling visitor numbers, partly due to changing tastes from holidaymakers, some continue to do spectacularly well. Take Blackpool for example. Last year 10.1 million people visited the town including 3.5 million for the illuminations at the end of the summer season. This was up by 300,000 over the previous year and flies in the face of the criticism that seaside resorts are past their sell-by date. Other resorts could do better by looking at Blackpool and how it has marketed itself and copying what it can.

A press release from Virgin Atlantic points out some of the strangest things that people have tried to take on their planes. Why a lady wanted to carry her bath tub with here stretches the imagination since they are fairly common things to see in hotel rooms wherever you travel in the world as is the mattress that a passenger was so enamoured with after sleeping on it at a hotel. Those pale in comparison with why someone wanted to transport a dead cow and and a car door. Maybe she was practising the old joke about why carry a door? So you can wind down the window when it gets hot!

some things Virgin Atlantic passengers have tried to take on board

some things Virgin Atlantic passengers have tried to take on board

One of the largest volunteer-run aircraft museums in the UK is expanding as plans for a £500,000 expansion of the Newark Air Museum to double in size have been approved by the local council. The museum attracts 27,000 visitors annually to its display of 75 aircraft, which includes a Vulcan bomber. It has two display halls, contains several MiG fighters and a Saab Viggen maritime patrol aircraft.

It is not the only museum looking to grow. Plans to expand and improve a museum celebrating the two-time Formula One world champion Jim Clark have secured a major cash commitment. Scottish Borders Council has agreed to give more than £500,000 to the £1.2m scheme which would see the existing Jim Clark Room in Duns expanded and enhanced to allow cars and trophies to be put on display. The aim is to open the museum in 2018 – the 50th anniversary of Clark’s death at Hockenheim in Germany aged just 32.

In December there were some media stories suggesting that there were too many Christmas markets and was the appeal declining. Not in Birmingham it seems. Record number of visitors came to Birmingham during the six weeks the city’s Christmas German Market (the biggest in Europe and, yes that means bigger than any market in Germany itself) was open. About 5.5 million visitors contributed towards the £397m spent, nearly double the £201m generated in 2012, Visit Birmingham has announced.

 ccircus winners in 2013 - Troupe Chifian

ccircus winners in 2013 – Troupe Chifian

When I was a child every town worth its salt used to have the circus come to town. It was glamorous and didn’t we all dream of running away and becoming lion tamers? Those days are gone and fewer circuses travel around our countries but you can catch up with the very best in circus entertainment in FranceBayeux in France might mean the famed tapestry about the Norman Conquest to most people but to some of us it also means the site of the circus. For the last ten years the town has hosted the International du Cirque de Bayeux – International Circus Festival. Starting on Monday and lasting the week, 150 different performers from around the world will be displaying their skills.

Into the comfy Sunday evening slot on BBC tomorrow comes the re-make of the Cornish set Poldark novels. I hadn’t realised it has been 40 years since the original series. That attracted visitors to see the Cornish landscape where much of the series was filmed. It is hard to believe that the new series won’t excite the same interest so bookings in Cornish accommodation for this summer could be high which will please accommodation providers, the local economy and Visit Cornwall.

record British visitors to Holland. And some will go to Keukenhof in March and April

record British visitors to Holland. And some will go to Keukenhof in March and April

The Dutch have announced that over fourteen million visitors came to Holland last year. An additional 12% of visitors travelled from Germany whilst Brits occupied the second place. Nearly 1.9 million of visited the country in 2014, one of the reasons being that just about every part of the UK is accessible to Holland either via regional air links or by ferry. This year even more of us might visit the country as the euro has declined against sterling making it even cheaper for us to visit. The Dutch might be grateful for that given that their government has cut the tourist budget in half. Don’t tell our governments otherwise even more might disappear

Finally, congratulations to Reza, who picked up the runners up award on Wednesday at the Italian Tourist Board awards for his story on Trekking up Vesuvius that we ranlast December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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