April 2015

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News News travelGBI Month 2015 3 Tourism marketing firm made has won the title of UKinbound service provider of the year again – the fifth year running that it has won this award. Pictured outside made's central London offices are the firm's managing director Jonathan Mountford (left) and Matt Littlechild, marketing manager. TV historian Dan Jones has opened Warwick Castle's Time Tower attraction, which transports visitors from the Dark Ages to modern times using hi-tech visual effects. The Time Tower attraction claims to be first in the UK will combine 3D scanning, 3D modelling, projection mapping and 4D effects to tell the castle's 1,100-year history, and opened on March 28.. Jones' new Channel 5 series Secrets of Great British Castles started in March and features Tower Bridge is provided by the City of London Corporation - a uniquely diverse organisation in that it not only promotes and supports the City and provides it with a full range of services, but also provides wider services for London and the nation as a whole. ADULTS £9 I CHILDREN £3.90 I FAMILY TICKETS FROM £18 Tower Bridge The most famous bridge in the world I 020 7403 3761 TOWER BRIDGE GLASS FLOOR SEE THROUGH OUR NEW WOW FACTOR See London life through a glass floor, from a unique viewpoint 42 metres above the River Thames. Plan your visit in advance for the magic of the bridge lifting below your feet. Made celebrates fifth UKinbound win Hip historian opens Warwick's Time Tower VisiT Norfolk ran its largest ever campaign during March, with posters on the London Underground showcasing improved road links to the county 's attractions. The images featured beach huts at Wells-next-the-sea and Holkham, cliffs at Happisburgh, Cromer's Victorian pier and festival celebrations in Norwich. The initiative highlighted the completion in December of dualling the A11 on a nine- mile stretch on the suffolk/ Norfolk border. Pete Waters, Visit Norfolk manager, said: "This was a notorious bottleneck, and you might be put off Norfolk if your first and last experiences of the county when you come to visit are tailbacks and traffic jams. NorfoLK Tourist Attractions' Association (NTAA) launched the 2015 Great Days Out in Norfolk & Suffolk booklet at Pensthorpe Natural Park, North Norfolk, last month. it highlights attractions in Norfolk and suffolk, which together are investing more than £7.7 million in new facilities and events. The booklet features 52 attractions across Norfolk and suffolk, with more £275 of discount vouchers, offering boat trips on the Broads, theme park rides, museum collections, country houses, zoos and animal collections, heritage Anglian attractions invest £7.7m VisitNorfolk campaign highlights road links "We now have uninterrupted two- and three-lane roads from pretty much anywhere in England all the way to Norwich. We hope this will also help attract more group travellers to Norfolk." railways and live shows. About 400,000 booklets will be distributed across the six counties of the East of England. VisiTWiLTsHirE has topped the first English Tourism social Media index, thanks to its range of content and use of the #timeforwiltshire hashtag. The league table graded 126 regional tourism bodies in England according to the social media performance of their official channels. Visit Cornwall and VisitLondon ranked second and third in the index, which was produced by media agency Umpf in association with The index was compiled following a full analysis of each tourism body 's social channels, including facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, instagram, YouTube, Google+, Vine, Linkedin and flickr. four judges also studied the social media postings from each tourism body and their scores were incorporated into the rankings. Wiltshire wins English Tourism Social Media Index Matthew Balmforth, Umpf social media account manager and one of the judges, said: "VisitWiltshire's data score was one of the country's best, attaining top marks for engagement – the content produced is clearly in tune with their communities' wants and needs. As well as great content and audience growth, the team's overall understanding of social media and responsiveness to their communities, in particular on Twitter, cemented VisitWiltshire's place as winner." The other judges were samantha Mayling, acting editor of travelGBI – part of the Travel Weekly Group – saskia Welman, Pr manager for holidayLettings., and Adrian Johnson, founder and managing director of Umpf. The English Tourism social Media index is the third index to be launched, following the sport and f1 indices. HEATHroW and Gatwick both announced plans to expand their domestic services if they are given the green light on runway development. Heathrow said it has established a £10 million route development fund as part of a series of commitments to develop regional flight connections if it is allowed to expand. The London hub claims nine new air links can be established as well as frequency increased on the existing seven UK routes. The airport will also review airport charges to help keep existing domestic routes commercially attractive to airlines, it said. Airports commit to expanded domestic schedules Gatwick said it would serve 15 domestic destinations if a second runway was built – up from 10 now. New domestic services may include Dundee, isle of Man, Liverpool, Londonderry and Nottingham. The increase in UK destinations would see an expanded Gatwick fly a total of 18 million passengers to and from London – one million more than a three- runway Heathrow. Gatwick said it already serves more UK destinations directly than Heathrow, where domestic services have been cut. The suggested new UK routes came as Gatwick was rated as the preferred option over Heathrow for expansion, according to a YouGov poll of small- and medium-sized businesses. stewart Wingate, Gatwick chief executive, said: "An expanded Gatwick will deliver more competition and choice and, crucially, for businesses across the UK, it will have the dual benefit of better connectivity to London as well as a stronger network of airports around the country. "A strong network of airports around the UK will provide cheaper airfares, more choice and better services for all travellers." Warwick Castle. He said: "Time Tower uses the latest technology to grab and keep kids' attention, and it weaves together story threads from different times in our history, to show how everything is connected." TV historian and author Dan Jones (left) and general manager of Warwick Castle, Geoff Spooner, launched the Time Tower attraction last week.

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