Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Tourist Boss Criticised for Dismissing Beach Holidays

news -beach
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

8:28am 23rd July 2012
(Updated 8:28am 23rd July 2012)

Claims holidaymakers do not come to the UK for the beaches have sparked anger in Cornwall.

The head of Visit Britain made the statement during a press conference to big-up the Olympics.

Sandie Dawe was asked if the recent bad weather would undermine the economic benefits brought by the games.

She is reported to have replied: "It is only the Brits that have a complete obsession with our weather. The rest of the world are less interested. Frankly, people do not come here to lie on a beach. That is not our offer."

Visit Britain says she was trying to emphasise how international visitors see the UK as an all year round destination: "For international tourists Britain is an all year round location, whatever the weather. Our research tells us that only 15% actually seek a beach or coastal area on their visit. VisitBritain doesn't market Britain as a hot weather location internationally, we know that visitors don't come here because of the weather, even if it's not as wet as people are led to believe.

"Our research also tells us that visitors from overseas come here to experience our world-class heritage and culture, be this Tate Liverpool, Edinburgh Castle, the British Museum or Stonehenge.

"We play to our strengths internationally and culture and heritage is a big part of that, bringing in £4.5 billion to the UK economy each year. Clearly we welcome the world to each and every part of Britain, including our seaside and coastal locations. We worked hard to promote the locations of the Torch Relay which included countless coastal and seaside areas and produce inspiring seaside content across all our platforms to inspire the world to visit each and every corner of Britain."

8:28am 23rd July 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
viola beach

Inquest Launches Into Viola Beach Deaths

Singer River Reeves grew up in Penzance and died along with his bandmates in a car crash

dead fish pentewan 2

PHOTOS: Cornish Beach Littered With Dead Fish

Experts are trying to work out how they ended up at Pentewan on Saturday

Most read
mannequin challenge 1

WATCH: Firefighter's Death Sparks Mannequin Challenge

Cornish crews staged this video as a road safety warning

police line

BREAKING: One Person Cut Free After Crash

It closed stretch of A30 near Bodmin, sparking long delays

Top articles

BREAKING: One Person Cut Free After Crash

Cornwall News: It closed stretch of A30 near Bodmin, sparking long delays

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Ipswich: Teenager charged with murder of two men

National News: A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man and a teenager in Ipswich, Suffolk Police has said.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Patti Smith forgets lines while performing Bob Dylan Nobel tribute

Showbiz News: Patti Smith has given a stumbling performance of Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall at a gala ceremony for Nobel laureates.

Two blasts outside Istanbul stadium 'kill at least 13'

World News: At least 13 people have been killed in two explosions outside a football stadium in Istanbul, it has been claimed.

Badminton and wheelchair rugby among sports to lose Olympic funding

Sports News: Archery, badminton, fencing, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby will not get funding in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics.

Putin shows no puppy love for Japan's attempt at dog diplomacy

Strange News: Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at dog diplomacy by declining the gift of a puppy for President Vladimir Putin at a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Newer article

Cheaper Energy Bills Promised for Cornwall

Cornwall News: New group buying initiative could cut bills for 20,000 people in Cornwall

Older article

Cornish Pilot Killed in Aircraft Crash

Cornwall News: Tributes paid to Andrew Stillwell-Cox from St Austell

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.