What the Aussie media writes about the UK

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Recent stories in the Australia media about the UK have covered only one story – that of the closure of Dismaland – that satirical mocking of theme parks and seaside resorts from another age by Banksy and his friends. In the travel supplements to the major papers only two UK stories were highlighted. Incidentally, one supplement seems to be sponsored by a travel agency. The two stories concerned the English Riviera and royal links.

The Torbay story is published because of two anniversaries – the fortieth of Fawlty Towers and the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth. Although concentrating on Christie, it does express its view that Torquay in particular is underrated as a holiday destination and that the joke is on those who have bypassed the town since the days of Fawlty Towers when some people believed that all Torquay hoteliers were like Basil and that waiters were all Manuels.

The royal story was called Britain’s Crowning Glory and reflected that on September 9th, the Queen became England and Britain’s longest serving monarch. It then looked at places connected to royalty such as the obvious ones but including a few that were a bit more obscure like afternoon tea and tea shops, some that probably have never seen a royal visit but which allowed for some advertising monies and shops with royal warrants.

In all the seven supplements that I scanned there was not one story about Ireland.

Flicking through the adverts there was the usual flights to London prices concealed amongst prices for flights to other destinations but only one company offering a tour to the UK and that was to Cornwall. Largely, the UK and Ireland was forgotten by the advertisers who concentrated on domestic holidays, Asia and central Europe like river cruising along the Danube.

Maybe the UK and Ireland don’t need to promote themselves or have the media cover it. Could it be that everybody knows our every tourist attraction!

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