Posts Tagged ‘ Jeremy Hunt ’

Investing in Tourism

Jan 9th, 2011 | By

As the new year starts, countries around the world are planning on how much to spend promoting their countries not just to us but the whole world. All countries want more visitors because, of course, it boosts their economies. Thailand, for example, has announced that it wants $196 million (say about £125 million) for 2012. Norway, on the other hand, is spending just £300,000 on the UK this year. And how much is the UK planning to spend? That’s not known yet but last year the government challenged the industry to raise £100 million to promote the country over the next 4 years. They will announce, in the spring, how they plan to spend the money. But the £100 million has been raised.

Cartoon Travel and Tourism

Dec 7th, 2010 | By

Last night was the voting and the presentation of the political cartoon of the year award. Try as I might, I can’t think of an angle which relates political cartooning to tourism. Despite the gaffe yesterday by James Naughtie on Radio 4’s Today programme and his spoonerism over the Culture Secretary’s name, Jeremy Hunt, (who is responsible for tourism) that was as close as I could get.
But then I thought some more. Cartoonists are there to ridicule the quirks and idiocies of life. We just don’t have many cartoonists who concentrate on tourism and travel. We have enough absurdities such as ATOL bonding that discriminates between one traveller and the next. We have a liquids ban on more than 100ml in a bottle but you can carry umpteen pens in your pocket that might have more than that amount of liquid in them. Knives are banned yet I could collect one from a restaurant once I had passed through security.