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Destination Yorkshire: The Shambles

The Shambles

If you’re looking for somewhere to go for that late summer break then Yorkshire could be the place for you. Yes, you did read that right. The largest county in England has been awarded two gongs at the recent World Travel Awards held in Athens, Greece.

Dubbed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, the coveted accolades recognised Yorkshire for being Europe’s Leading Destination, and its tourism agency, ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’, as having Europe’s Leading Marketing Campaign.

This all comes hot on the heels of the county successfully hosting the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in July this year.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is yet more evidence that

Yorkshire continues to be the premier European travel destination by winning this prestigious award.

It is a tribute to the 12 months of hard work that has gone into making this year the most successful year of all time for the county.”

In Yorkshire’s case, success certainly seems to have bred more success, as this is the third time the county has won for its marketing campaign, and the second year in a row for being the top destination in Europe.

Destination Yorkshire: Harewood House near Leeds

Harewood House near Leeds

Destination Yorkshire: Must see attractions

So if you’re considering a trip to ‘God’s own county’, here are some things you can do when you get there.

York – The city which gives the county its name was one of the top 20 most visited towns in Britain last year by UK residents, with the Shambles being hailed as the country’s most picturesque street.

Shopping – For those in need of some retail therapy, Meadowhall in Sheffield boasts Europe’s biggest shopping and leisure complex and is visited by over 400,000 people every week.

Seaside – Scarborough has been welcoming families for the past 360 years and is Britain’s oldest seaside resort.

Snow – Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the real thing in Castleford’s Xscape. It has over 1,500 tonnes of real snow and the longest indoor slope in the UK at 170 metres.

National Parks – For outdoor types there is plenty on offer to explore as nearly one third of England’s national parkland is found in Yorkshire. (The North York Moors, most of the Yorkshire Dales and part of the Peak District.)

Heritage – Yorkshire is certainly rich in history with over 2,600 nationally important ancient monuments, 800 conservation areas and 116 registered parks and gardens. The county also has two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Studley Royal in North Yorkshire and Saltaire Village in West Yorkshire.

Destination Yorkshire: Scarborough


As we can see there are a wealth of different experiences and activities for you to enjoy whatever type of getaway takes your fancy. There’s also plenty of room to accommodate you if you want to stay overnight or longer, as Yorkshire has over 4,800 hotels, guesthouses, self-catering properties and campsites.

In fact there are enough bed spaces available to sleep the entire population of France over the course of a year.

By Sereena Assih Freelance Writer.

The images above are courtesy of the tourism agency ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’

Win a holiday for two on the magical island of Crete

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Have you booked your summer holidays? Or maybe you are leaving it for a last minute booking?

Whichever way it is, we have something very special for you at

Some hotel booking websites claim to give you 50% discount, some other even claim 80% off, for a last minute booking.

Some hotel booking sites advertise very low fares or even a $10 deposit to secure a hotel room. So it is getting very difficult to know who to trust. Which is a good deal and which is not.

These days you have to check and double check numerous hotel deals and rates from different website to make sure that you are getting a bargain.


Win a holiday for two on Crete

That’s why at we do all the hard work by searching all of the leading hotel booking websites for you.

On top of that we have decided to make things even easier for you and give away a holiday for two for free.

That is correct for FREE!!!

Seven nights accommodation for two people on the beautiful island of Crete, on a small traditional Greek hotel for free. In case that you missed that, is paying the bill of the hotel for the lucky couple.

The hotel participating in the competition is called “Aptera Hotel” and it is located 13 km outside of Chania city centre on the island of Crete. More information about the hotel participating in the competition can be found at the hotels website here: Aptera Hotel



So it is a competition time, to win this holiday for two on the magical island of Crete.

How to enter in the competition?

It is very easy:

1)      First you have to go to our website and click “Like” on Facebook button.

 2)      Then you have to share this competition on your social media profile, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedln, Google Plus, Instagram, etc. Spread the word around. Even better if you have a website or a blog share this competition online.

 3)      Come to our Facebook page and lets us know that you have completed steps 1 & 2.

 That is all.

 The deadline for entry into the competition is 31st of July 2014


Rules of the competition

1)      Only one entry per person is allowed into the competition.

2)      The name of the winner will be published on the website as well as on our Facebook page.

3)      The prize is for 2 persons sharing a studio. The accommodation has already been reserved for August 2014.

4)      The lucky winner will have to contact the hotel directly and choose the dates that can fly out to Crete, from the 1st to 31st of August, subject to availability.

5)      The prize is not exchangeable for cash, it can not be sold and it is not transferable to another person.

6)      The winner will be responsible for arranging flights to Crete and back as well as travel insurance.

7) reserves the right to give the prize to a runner up if the winner fails to claim the prize within 10 days from the end of the competition.


Win a holiday for two on Crete

Good news from Greece! Greek tourism is UP!!

Good news from Greece

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Good news from Greece, after a rough 2012 when tourists, scared off by political and social unrest and images of protests, strike and riots stayed away in droves, 2013 is shaping up to be a rebound year with more than a million more visitors than last year expected.

The good news came from the head of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises, Andreas Andreadis, who spoke to the Bank of Greece shareholders’ meeting on Feb. 25.

Andreadis said figures show that the British market is reporting a rise of 20 percent, and the markets of Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries displaying growth of 15 percent.

Developing tourism markets such as Russia, Ukraine, Israel and Turkey are also showing a rise in demand, leading to an increase of more than 20 percent in the number of seats available, he said, according to the newspaper Kathimerini.

Andreadis cautioned though that there are concerns about the markets of Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, as their financial troubles may cut back on visitors traveling from those countries. He said there has been increased interest in maritime and cruise tourism, though incoming conference tourism remains somewhat lackluster because Athens and Thessaloniki are not seen as favorable destinations.

Good news from Greece - Holidays in Santorini

Holidays in Santorini

Domestic tourism isn’t looking good though as Greeks buried under austerity measures are cutting back or giving up on visiting their own land. Last year Greeks spent only 1.5 billion euros ($1.98 billion) in Greece, half of the levels of the pre-economic crisis year of 2008. He said a further decline, although smaller, is expected this year.

Andreadis added that the targets of 17 million foreign tourists and 11 billion euros ($14.4 billion) in revenues from tourism are likely to be attained or even exceeded. Should a few crucial measures be taken, he noted, Greek tourism could in the next two to three years reach up to 20 million visitors, adding some 3 percent to the country’s faltering Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and tens of thousands of new jobs.

The Greek news agency AMNA reported that he also said tourism is  strong supporter of the Greek economy after achieving its targets of attracting 16 million international arrivals and 10 billion euros in tourism receipts last year, although that was less than the previous year and achieved despite the crisis.

Andreadis said that annual investments worth 2.5 billion euros ($3.27 billion) were needed to raise tourism’s contribution to 40 percent of the country’s future economic growth. He said it could be attained stressed that the first 11 significant new investment plans were currently under licensing procedures by Greek authorities.

Meteora Greece

Meteora Greece

Promotion of an ambitious privatization program and the sale or lease of idle tourist real estate assets by banks were also expected to help towards achieving this year, he noted, although the country’s international lenders say the expectations are far below projections.

He said it was critical  to speed up procedures for visa issuing, reducing the 23 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the restaurant industry to 13 pct and of the VAT on coastal shipping to 13 pct, with the goal of reducing a VAT on tourism to 6.5 pct.


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William Hague on Role of British consular services

British consular services - British Embassy 2015Yesterday the Foreign Secretary William Hague talked about the role of British consular services, and plans for the future in a speech at the Foreign Office. You can view the speech here –

In the speech, the Foreign Secretary mentions the great support that the travel industry gives the Foreign Office; as partners of the Know Before You Go campaign we wanted to pass on this thanks as we could not have such a successful campaign without you!

Disaster Relief – Mobilizing the American Red Cross

American Red Cross Disaster Relief

NOLA Red Cross Disaster Relief by Elaine Vigneault/flickr

The American Red Cross was organized by Clara Barton, who volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War and helped search for missing Union Army soldiers. She knew first hand what it was like to provide assistance during a disaster.

The American Red Cross still mobilizes when help is needed in any part of the country and also helps the needy, supports members of the military and their families, and provides international relief, among other things.

Emergency Training

The American Red Cross provides training in CPR, first aid, disaster response, and emergency preparedness. Individuals, groups, and professional rescuers can take classes in any of these areas, as well as in babysitting, nurse assistant training, and family care giving. Anyone with a desire to help others  can train to respond to disasters. Medical professionals can help tend to trauma patients or deliver babies. Other volunteers can help with a blood drive or deliver messages to Red Cross personnel. Click here to read more »

24 Hours – British Counsular Staff Overseas (Video)

Watch this video from Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  It provides a shocking insight into consular incidents across the globe over a real 24 hour period.

The video, hosted on You Tube, plots the location of 1000s of incidents involving British nationals on 27 June 2011. The incidents vary enormously from routine enquiries into visas, birth registrations, marriage documentation, and the issuing of emergency travel documents, to the notification of arrests, prison visits, assisting British nationals involved in bus crashes and serious accidents and liaising with families following fatalities.

British Counsular Staff OverseasThere were also cases involving forced marriage, child abduction, rape and murder. The British counsular staff overseas, is working 24/7 to support British travellers as well as British expats across the globe.

This video is on our website upon request by the FCO – Foreign & Commonwealth Office