Andrew Baxter of Out and About. WEBSITE
P&O Ferries is urging motorhomers to take advantage of the euro exchange rate and is urging holidaymakers and motorhomers to head south over the Channel in order to take advantage of the improving euro exchange rate, reducing the cost of continental holidays in 2012. The ferry company says that the sterling-euro exchange rate has improved by more than 8% over the past 12 months and, with continuing economic turmoil in the eurozone, looks set to keep offering improving returns.
Simon Johnson, passenger services director for P&O Ferries, said: “With a continuing recession and a long wet spring at home, it’s no wonder our customers are starting to think about their summer holidays. We think they are in for a pleasant surprise this year when they realise the economics of taking their cars abroad are working in their favour. British families heading to the southern part of Europe in search of sea, sun and sand will find the cost of fuel for the car, dining out and shopping in France or other European countries is much better value than a year ago.”
For more information visit the ferry company’s WEBSITE
You would be hard pressed to find a site to match Baltic Wharf in terms of location.
Very close to the city centre – which can be easily reached by water taxi – with an excellent pub nearby and the fabulous SS Great Britain within half a mile and you can see why I always rave on about this site and love visiting it!
Faye and I are spending a delightful weekend here and enjoying every minute.
By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, marketingmagazine.co.uk
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VisitEngland chief James Beresford has hit back at industry criticism of the £5m marketing spend on the body’s ‘GREAT’ campaign to promote domestic tourism. Beresford said the investment was ‘relatively modest’ compared with the spend of international tour operators. Both Beresford and John Penrose, the minister for tourism and heritage, came under fire at an ABTA conference for funding a campaign discouraging British consumers from holidaying abroad.
In the TV ad, which rolled out in March, actor Stephen Fry asks ‘Why on earth would anyone want to go abroad in 2012?’
Beresford told Marketing: ‘It’s worth pointing out that overseas tourist boards spent £52m in the last financial year trying to seduce Brits overseas, while hotels, airlines and tour operators spent an additional £116m for the same purpose. I think this puts a £5m campaign into perspective.’ He added that initial Visit-England research found 56% of consumers that saw the ad would be ‘more likely’ to consider the UK for a short break.
Very disappointing news from The Caravan Club this morning:
We are sorry to announce that this year’s National at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, has been cancelled.
As a result of the recent rain, the site is currently waterlogged and, with set up due to start this week, it is not possible for the essential rally infrastructure to be constructed as it is virtually impossible for vehicles to move around the site, let alone the heavy commercial vehicles delivering marquees and generators.
In addition, even if we had been able to get the infrastructure set up despite the difficult conditions, we believe that with more rain forecast and with over 9,000 members due to arrive, there would be a high risk of vehicles getting stuck and that this would clearly affect members’ experience of the event.
This decision to cancel has not been taken lightly. It is indeed a bitter disappointment for all concerned with the event, but in consultation with members of the Executive Committee, we have made this decision in the best interests of members and The Club as a whole.
There is still availability across the site network for the Bank Holiday weekend, and you might also like to consider the Certificated Location network and Centre Rallies that will be taking place over the holiday weekend.
If you have already booked, The Club will automatically refund in full your fees and entertainment ticket costs by the original payment method where possible. We have in excess of 2,300 refunds to process in booking date order. Our aim is to ensure all refunds are made prior to what would have been the start date of the National.
As you can imagine, the Events Team at East Grinstead is now faced with the sad and mammoth task of standing-down this event, which has been operationally in planning for over twelve months
We are, however, delighted to announce that the 2013 National will be held at Belvoir Castle, Grantham and we most sincerely hope to see you there.