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ISLE OF WIGHT ATTRACTIONS UP FOR AWARDS

Two tourist hotspots on the Isle of Wight have been shortlisted for accolades at this year’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence. A recreational tree company and the Island’s much loved stream railway will aim to impress the judges at the 2013/13 ceremony, which awards exemplary attractions in the South East. Goodleaf Tree Climbing centre teaches… Read more »

EIGHT IN 10 BOOK HOLIDAYS ONLINE, STUDY FINDS

Cited by travelweekly.co.uk, nine out of 10 surveyed by FairFX said they conducted their holiday research online, with eight out of 10 going on to make a booking over the internet. The research threw up further surprises, as despite VisitBritain’s efforts to drive tourism into London, FairFX readings show that relaxing beach holidays are currently… Read more »

RELAXING BREAKS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY TO 84 PER CENT

The value of a good holiday goes way beyond money spent on accommodation, travel and activities for the large majority of holidaymakers, a recent study has indicated. Kuoni travel and health charity Nuffield Health surveyed 2,845 UK adults between April 14 – June 30; finding that 84 per cent believe a trip away can positively… Read more »

ISLE OF WIGHT SCORES HIGHLY IN HAPPINESS INDEX

Tourists heading out on their summer Isle of Wight breaks can expected to be greeted by some of the happiest people in Britain, iwcp.co.uk reports. The claim comes after the government revealed its results for the first ever ‘happiness index’, which was recorded shortly after the Coalition came into power. The happiness index involved asking… Read more »

ISLE OF WIGHT CHOSEN FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGY TRIAL

Hydrogen-powered cars look set to be made available on the Isle of Wight as part of a broader trial of the green technology. It is the first time that hydrogen has been tested in this way in the UK and will see a hydrogen car club established by sustainability organisation Ecoisland, according to iwcp.co.uk. The… Read more »

FORECASTERS: BRITISH SUMMER JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Finally, after two months of torrential rain, southern England can look forward to a belated British summer. Forecasters say that the last few bouts of rain will fall this week, before temperatures eventually start to rise on Saturday July 18th. According to sky.com reporter Isobel Lang, areas of Scotland and Northern England will absorb most… Read more »

ISLE OF WIGHT’S APPLEY PARK POISED TO RAISE GREEN FLAG

A 2012 Green Flag is to be raised in Appley Park tomorrow (July 18th), to recognise the quality of the green space. The 220-year-old park in Ryde has been given a Green Flag Award, a national prize for public parks and community spaces, according to iwcp.co.uk. The ceremony to raise the flag begins at 15:00…. Read more »

RECORD VISITING FIGURES OWED TO GREAT CAMPAIGN

VisitBritain’s chairman has praised the impact by the tourist board’s GREAT advertising campaign, as inbound passenger figures and visitor spend hit dizzy heights. According the Office for National Statistics, Britain welcomed 12.3 million visitors during the 12 months from May 2011 – a group who duly returned the favour by contributing to a total visitor… Read more »