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Britain Climbs Up World Tourism Ladder

Anyone thinking of visiting the UK will be pleased to hear that the country has recently jumped a number of places in the World Economic Forum tourism ladder, which assesses each nation based on the number and quality of cultural destinations and activities on offer.

London eyeBritain now ranks third in the world for cultural resources, which takes into account World Heritage sites like Stonehenge, Canterbury Cathedral and the City of Bath, as well as international fairs and other entertainment opportunities.

Hotels in London have been bursting to capacity over the past twelve months as the capital hosted a number of world class events including the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, both of which have helped to create top class organisational skills within the country’s cultural entertainment industry, meaning many more events could be to follow.

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What’s New in Britain for 2013

What’s New in Britain for 2013

From special anniversaries to cutting edge exhibitions, enticing attractions to mouth-watering musicals, the hottest hotel openings and brand new events for your travel calendar, VisitBritain presents its guide to What’s New in 2013 across London, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.This is GREAT Britain

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So – what’s new in Britain?

2013 is a year of GREAT anniversaries. The 200th birthday of the publication of Pride and Prejudice will celebrate Regency Bath and Austen’s Hampshire as much as the timeless tale of wit and romance between Darcy and Elizabeth; while the 60th anniversary of the Royal Yacht Britannia coincides with the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. It’s the perfect time to visit the Britannia – the only place you can sneak a peek into Her Majesty’s bedroom.

2013 is a year of GREAT events. The Year of Natural Scotland will celebrate all that’s exciting about the great outdoors making it the best time to explore the country’s rugged landscapes and beautiful scenery. Meanwhile the first UK City of Culture will be Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland, tipped as one of the top 10 places to visit in 2013 by Lonely Planet. Join in a year-long programme of world-class music, art, dance and sports events, and discover a vibrant new visitor destination.

2013 is a year of GREAT culture. On stage Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw (aka M and Q in Skyfall) star in new play Peter and Alice; Helen Mirren reprises her role as The Queen in The Audience; and the award-winning play War Horse tours the UK, starting in Devon, where the original book is set. The Welsh National Opera takes on Madame Butterfly, Berg’s Lulu and Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen while fans of musicals will be happy with Hairspray at the Wales Millennium Centre and Wicked, which tours the UK in Autumn.

For art lovers there’s Lichtenstein at Tate Modern in February, The Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber at Hampton Court Palace, Vikings! at the National Museum of Scotland, a retrospective on David Bowie at London’s V&A and lots more fantastic exhibitions throughout the year.

2013 is a GREAT year to bring the kids to Britain. With a new Children’s Literature Festival in Cardiff, the launch of the £3.6million Tiger Territory at London Zoo and the tastiest musical of the year, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – directed by the man behind Skyfall, Sam Mendes – there’s plenty to keep children entertained in 2013.

2013 is a year of GREAT attractions. From 1 February The View from Shard will be a new must-do for visitors to the capital, while iconic and ancient attraction Stonehenge will benefit from a dramatically improved visitor experience, opening in Autumn.

Plus, read about exciting hotel and accommodation news: the opening of the much-anticipated Shangri-La at The Shard, restored castles in Wales Ruthin and Glandyfi and a new Malmaison in Dundee opening next year ahead of the arrival of a new V&A in Dundee, due to open in 2015.

Click here to download the complete What’s New in Britain for 2013.

In addition to fantastic new openings, don’t forget Britain’s GREAT annual events. Download VisitBritain’s guide to 2013’s annual events calendar here.

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Britain’s religious buildings prove huge draw for tourists

For the UK population, they are places of worship but for tourists visiting from abroad, our churches are just as much a part of the sightseeing map as Big Ben or Stonehenge

A marriage of history and religion: 55 per cent of Brazilian tourists weave in a visit to a church while in the UK

A marriage of history and religion: 55 per cent of Brazilian tourists weave in a visit to a church while in the UK

As many as 22 per cent of visits by overseas residents to the UK last year included a trip to a church or other religious building.

And Brazilians are beating the biggest path to Britain’s religious buildings, according to a new survey.

Brazilians made the most visits, with 55 per cent of their stays including a tour of a religious building, figures from VisitBritain showed.

 

Australians and Americans made the next most visits to churches or places of worship, followed by Russians and Chinese.

In total, 6.7 million international tourists visited a religious building in the UK last year and those whose trips included visits of this kind spent nearly £5 billion during their stays in the UK.

VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: ‘Whether it’s for the glorious architecture, stained glass windows, connections with famous people or just some peace and quiet – religious buildings have become a fundamental part of our tourism offering.

‘Overseas visitors rate Britain fourth out of 50 nations for built heritage. It is one of the major drivers for international visitors and an asset where Britain is truly world class.’

Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2245798/Britains-churches-prove-huge-draw-Brazilian-tourists.html

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