VisitEngland’s Travel Guidance for 2013

Visit England, the official travel promotion agency for England, has reported that literary tours, Science adventures, historical tours and tours to movie sets will remain the favourite motivations for tourism to England in 2013.

Literary tours have see an increase in popularity, with 2013 being the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and 2012 being the bicentenary of Charles Dickens and the year of the World Shakespeare Festival. These tours typically offer visits to the literary figures’ residences and work places. Norwich is the first English city to be awarded a UNESCO City of Literature honour, and is only one of six cities in the world with that distinction.

History tours are an attraction for tourists, especially those tours that visit the darker pages of history, including Jack the Ripper walking tours of Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane in London, a Gangster Tour that involves a trip around London’s past criminal underworld with Stephen Marcu, and the newly opened, Blackpool Dungeons. The year 2013 will mark 125 years since Jack the Ripper was last at large in East London.

The year is also of special interest to tourists who are interested in science fiction tours, as 2013 marks 50 years of Doctor Who. Tourists will also be visiting the newly opened, Star Wars Miniland Experience at Legoland Windsor, the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, and The Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Visitors are also recommended to include a Warner Bros Studio Tour in their itinerary, featuring The Making of Harry Potter, which opened in 2012, and a visit to Pinewood Studios, where most of the James Bond films were shot, and where expansion plans are underway.

Philippines plans fun events for PTM 2012 delegates

The Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines have announced new attractions for delegates that are attending the PATA Travel Mart (PTM2012).

The two departments said that they have created exclusive tour itineraries for delegates who are planning to attend the event, which is to be hosted in Manila, Philippines between September 25 and September 28.

It was announced that the tours would either be complementary or discounted, and each tour is claimed to offer in-depth insight into the natural resources, heritage and culture of the Philippines. The packages will also offer a lot of fun features.

PATA CEO, Martin J Craigs, said, ‘It is exciting for PATA to return to Manila, the birthplace of the first ever PATA Travel Mart in 1978. PTM is a great platform to showcase its national campaign, It’s more fun in the Philippines. After the Mart, we want buyers, sellers and media get out and about and experience the many wonderful things that the Philippines have to offer.’

The tours will consist of a pre-complimentary half-day visit to Old and New Manila.

Visitors to Old Manila can visit Rizal Park and historic Fort Santiago, a Spanish bastion known for its World War II lineage. The bastion also contains memorabilia of Philippine’s national hero, Dr Jose Rizal. They can also visit Intramuros, the original city founded by the Spaniards centuries ago, and they can explore the National Museum that houses natural history exhibits and prehistoric ethnic collections.

Delegates taking the New Manila tour will visit Nayong Pilipino where they can acquaint themselves with various kinds and breeds of orchids. They can also watch a cultural presentation by the lagoon featuring Muslim dances. This tour will also cover the business district, Makati, and the Ayala Museum, which is known for its handcrafted dioramas. The museum also houses exhibits that depict the earliest Filipino settlements and the national struggle for independence.


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There are a couple of flaws however, at present is that prices are shown in euro’s, not pounds, and don’t expect to be able to narrow down your geographical location to much, for example you can’t search for Scotland, under UK.