Tourist tax suggested to protect Cambridge

When most of Britain is trying to encourage tourism, one of the most popular cities has said they have to many visitors.


Cambridge is so worried about too many tourists that it is considering taxing them to protect the historic town from over crowding.


The former Mayor said his ideas to limit budget hotels so that visitors couldn’t come for mini breaks, and introduce an obligatory Cambridge Pass for tourists to buy, were ‘draconian’, but claims they are necessary.


Cllr John Hipkin wants to turn Cambridge into a high-quality heritage and culture place and thinks tourists should be subsidising public services in the city.


He has said that tourists ‘take-over’ parts of the city, and residents no longer go there. For example Quayside and King’s Parade are said to be ‘off-limits’ for locals.


Cllr Hipkin said: ‘Some will consider these suggested measures to control tourism draconian and so they may be but, without strong policies to stabilise or reduce tourist numbers, the character of the city and its amenities, especially in the peak season, will continue to deteriorate.


‘We need a new vision of Cambridge as a tourist destination and all those who care for the city must unite to ensure that it is realised.


‘The vision is of a high calibre, long-stay heritage and culture city at the hub of connections to nearby sites of historic and natural interest.


‘Casual short-stay tourism should be discouraged.’


Cllr John Hipkin has cautioned that the city is becoming overloaded with tourists, with four million visiting every year.


But Diane Thompson, general manager of the Royal Cambridge Hotel, said attracting a range of tourists was what keeps the cities economy going.


She said: ‘I don’t think we can turn on one tap and switch off another because it doesn’t work like that.’


Hungary for a Stag Weekend?

Stag parties for the husband-to-be may not be as romantic as a marriage proposal on bended knee but they’re almost as important a part of the nuptial tradition. The low cost of air flights right now makes it possible for the groom and his gang to party hardy in places where their money will stretch the furthest – like Budapest Hungary.

At first the Pearl of the Danube may seem like an unlikely spot for a stag party, but it’s come a long way since the grey days of the oppressive Communist regime. With dozens of dance clubs and casinos lining the riverbanks that stay open till 4am every night, the action never stops in Budapest.

Should you decide to spend your last wild weekend as a single man in Budapest, a number of British companies offer planning assistance:

Stag Republic: Stag Republic has been organising stag weekends in Budapest since 2000, and now hosts approximately 5,000 clients per year – at least half of whom are referred by extremely satisfied past customers. Activities are mixed and matched to suit the guest list’s tastes and can include shooting parties, boat rides, strip poker with beautiful women and the classic stag party at a strip club among other things. The price varies according to where you stay and what you choose to do, and you will be expected to put 25 per cent of it down at the time you make your reservation. Contact them through their website:

As its name suggests, Chillisauce promises hot times – in Budapest as well as a number of other cities throughout both the UK and eastern Europe. Chillisauce offers activity packages ranging from £125 to £125 per person, which allows you to estimate total costs while you’re still in the party planning stages. While many of the packages feature standard stag party fare like lap dancing, clubbing and open bars, some of them are more unusual: Package No.#1439, It’s Been Emulsional, offers guests the chance to fight a paintball war on a former Russian military base. For more information:

Last Night of Freedom has been in business since 1999 and organises stag parties and hen parties both. You can either settle on one of their standard weekend packages or build your own. among the options if you choose to create your own entertainment venue are limo lap dances, mud wrestling, football, fencing, paintballing or KGB-style shooting. Prices are not listed upfront but all other details may be found on their website:

Stag Abroad features weekend packages that range from £89 to £139. Daytime activities emphasise sports like banger racing, indoor and outdoor carting, paintballing and quad biking, whilst evening activities are geared towards the naughty. Want to eat sushi off a live girl table? Now’s your chance. More information is available at

Enjoy one night with Elvis

Fans of The King have an opportunity to enjoy One Night with Elvis at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) next month.

The event will take place on Friday May 6th and promises to deliver an Elvis Presley tribute show like no other, as award-winning performer Lee ‘Memphis’ King will be in town.

King is considered a cut above the average Elvis impersonator, as he was previously named the world’s top tribute artist at the prestigious Collingwood Elvis Festival in Canada.

Songwriter and actor PJ Proby, who made demo recordings for Presley in the early 1960s, will also feature as a special guest at the Bournemouth event.

With an authentic big-band sound and dramatic multimedia projections surrounding the stage at the BIC’s Tregonwell Hall, One Night with Elvis looks set to be a memorable evening for all devotees of the Mississippi-born rock’n’roll icon.

The show will begin at 18:30 BST and tickets are now available to buy online, priced at £18 and £19.50 plus booking fee.

Elvis enthusiasts can browse a selection of Bournemouth hotels at, which recommends the Royal Bath Hotel Bournemouth.

For more information on this event, visit or contact the venue on 0844 575 3000.

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