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Croatia holiday ”good value for money”

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More than 7,000 Brits visited Croatia between January and MarchA holiday to Croatia may be the best thing to do as the credit crunch hits wallets, as the country offers "good value for money", a spokesperson for Charisma PR has said.

The agency, which works on behalf of the Croatia Tourism Board, believes that the former Yugoslav nation "is very reasonable because it is outside the eurozone, so it”s still good value for money because the pound is not particularly strong against the euro at the moment".

In addition, the spokesperson said, visitors will enjoy Croatia because "the countryside is very beautiful and the beaches and the water are very clean".

According to official statistics, there were nearly 600,000 tourists in Croatia between January and March 2008 – up 14 per cent compared to the same period in 2007.

The number of foreign tourists increased by 30 per cent to 285,688 in the first quarter of 2008 and there were a little more than 7,000 tourists from the UK.

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Croatia holiday ”good value for money”

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More than 7,000 Brits visited Croatia between January and MarchA holiday to Croatia may be the best thing to do as the credit crunch hits wallets, as the country offers "good value for money", a spokesperson for Charisma PR has said.

The agency, which works on behalf of the Croatia Tourism Board, believes that the former Yugoslav nation "is very reasonable because it is outside the eurozone, so it”s still good value for money because the pound is not particularly strong against the euro at the moment".

In addition, the spokesperson said, visitors will enjoy Croatia because "the countryside is very beautiful and the beaches and the water are very clean".

According to official statistics, there were nearly 600,000 tourists in Croatia between January and March 2008 – up 14 per cent compared to the same period in 2007.

The number of foreign tourists increased by 30 per cent to 285,688 in the first quarter of 2008 and there were a little more than 7,000 tourists from the UK.

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London follows Beijing”s lead on tourism

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Olympics set to boost London''s popularityBritain”s reputation as a top tourist destination could be emphasised further in the coming years as an agency attempts to promote the country.

VisitBritain, the national tourism organisation, announced it is to build the location”s visitor economy following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

It said it will promote Britain as an ideal destination to participate in and watch sporting events ahead of the Olympic Games 2012.

According to the International Passenger Survey and reported by VisitBritain, one in ten overseas visits involves these activities.

VisitBritain”s chief executive Tom Wright explained the aim to make tourism a great benefit of the 2012 games and how this summer”s event would help.

"[The games in Beijing this summer mark] the first stage of our strategy to spread the economic benefits of the Olympics throughout the UK and raise the profile and awareness of Britain as a destination," he said.

Meanwhile, a new poll published today discovered that over a third of Brits still plan to go abroad this year despite the credit crunch.

The research, conducted for the BBC, also found Spain to be the most popular destination for UK-based tourists

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London follows Beijing”s lead on tourism

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Olympics set to boost London''s popularityBritain”s reputation as a top tourist destination could be emphasised further in the coming years as an agency attempts to promote the country.

VisitBritain, the national tourism organisation, announced it is to build the location”s visitor economy following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

It said it will promote Britain as an ideal destination to participate in and watch sporting events ahead of the Olympic Games 2012.

According to the International Passenger Survey and reported by VisitBritain, one in ten overseas visits involves these activities.

VisitBritain”s chief executive Tom Wright explained the aim to make tourism a great benefit of the 2012 games and how this summer”s event would help.

"[The games in Beijing this summer mark] the first stage of our strategy to spread the economic benefits of the Olympics throughout the UK and raise the profile and awareness of Britain as a destination," he said.

Meanwhile, a new poll published today discovered that over a third of Brits still plan to go abroad this year despite the credit crunch.

The research, conducted for the BBC, also found Spain to be the most popular destination for UK-based tourists

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London follows Beijing”s lead on tourism

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Olympics set to boost London''s popularityBritain”s reputation as a top tourist destination could be emphasised further in the coming years as an agency attempts to promote the country.

VisitBritain, the national tourism organisation, announced it is to build the location”s visitor economy following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

It said it will promote Britain as an ideal destination to participate in and watch sporting events ahead of the Olympic Games 2012.

According to the International Passenger Survey and reported by VisitBritain, one in ten overseas visits involves these activities.

VisitBritain”s chief executive Tom Wright explained the aim to make tourism a great benefit of the 2012 games and how this summer”s event would help.

"[The games in Beijing this summer mark] the first stage of our strategy to spread the economic benefits of the Olympics throughout the UK and raise the profile and awareness of Britain as a destination," he said.

Meanwhile, a new poll published today discovered that over a third of Brits still plan to go abroad this year despite the credit crunch.

The research, conducted for the BBC, also found Spain to be the most popular destination for UK-based tourists

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London follows Beijing”s lead on tourism

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Olympics set to boost London''s popularityBritain”s reputation as a top tourist destination could be emphasised further in the coming years as an agency attempts to promote the country.

VisitBritain, the national tourism organisation, announced it is to build the location”s visitor economy following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

It said it will promote Britain as an ideal destination to participate in and watch sporting events ahead of the Olympic Games 2012.

According to the International Passenger Survey and reported by VisitBritain, one in ten overseas visits involves these activities.

VisitBritain”s chief executive Tom Wright explained the aim to make tourism a great benefit of the 2012 games and how this summer”s event would help.

"[The games in Beijing this summer mark] the first stage of our strategy to spread the economic benefits of the Olympics throughout the UK and raise the profile and awareness of Britain as a destination," he said.

Meanwhile, a new poll published today discovered that over a third of Brits still plan to go abroad this year despite the credit crunch.

The research, conducted for the BBC, also found Spain to be the most popular destination for UK-based tourists

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Beijing Olympic visitors urged to check insurance

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Travellers heading to Beijing are urged to check preparations and insuranceThe 2008 Summer Olympics start in less than a fortnight, and over half a million international visitors are expected to head to Beijing during the games, but esure has urged British travellers to check they have suitable travel insurance before they leave.

According to the travel insurance provider, many UK holidaymakers are forgetting to check that they have adequate cover, while 15 per cent are not checking the validity of their passport and 16 per cent have not even checked to see if they need a visa.

The research also indicated that just one in four Brits take out a travel insurance policy with cancellation cover, even though last minute changes to holiday plans can be so costly otherwise. Esure also recommended people visiting China check their vaccinations are up to date before flying.

Mike Pickard, head of travel insurance at esure, said: "A cancelled flight, lost luggage, a serious bout of illness – it wouldn”t take much for an Olympic dream trip to turn into a nightmare. Being fully prepared will ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable time at the games."

More than 10,500 athletes are expected to compete in 302 events across 28 different sports at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 29th official games. The event will last from August 8th to 24th, and will then be followed by the Summer Paralympics from September 6th to 17th.

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Credit crunch affecting 19% of holidays

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40% of Britons say they will not take a holiday for the rest of the yearOne in five Britons have said that the credit crunch is having an adverse effect on their holiday plans, according to a new poll by Travel Weekly.

The magazine found that 19 per cent of people surveyed in July admitted that the current economic climate would lead to them cutting back on their holidays, up from seven per cent at the beginning of the year.

Around 40 per cent of those surveyed said they would not be taking a holiday away from home for the remainder of 2008.

But people are still taking holidays, according to one industry expert.

Ian Rumgay, European communications manager at TripAdvisor, said: "People are still taking holidays and they are looking at ways of downsizing or cutting costs.

"One of which is taking a domestic holiday although the fact is that often having a holiday in [Britain] can prove more expensive than actually going abroad."

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Dublin’s attractions offer best value for money

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Dublin’s top family attractions are the least expensive in the world, according to a new survey by The Sunday Telegraph.

The newspaper examined prices charged by nine of the most popular tourist attractions in major cities around the world as well as the cost of an open-top bus ride.

In Dublin, a family of four would pay only €226 (£180) if they wanted to take part in all ten activities, compared with £549.30 in London.

Frank Magee, chief executive of Dublin Tourism said he was “thrilled” with the results of the survey.

“Dublin has a vast array of attractions all of which offer a truly authentic Dublin experience to the visitor at very affordable prices,” he said.

Mr. Magee also noted that there were many free attractions and events in the Irish capital.

“The National Museums of Ireland are a shining example of great-quality attractions which are free to visit.

“These, along with the many free events and initiatives such as Dublin”s eco-cabs, prove that you don”t have to spend a fortune to enjoy Dublin.”

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Socotra Archipelago: An unknown land

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The inhabitants of Socotra speak an unwritten tongue that pre-dates ArabicUNESCO has listed Socotra Archipelago in Yemen as a World Heritage Site, giving Yemen the largest number of cultural and natural heritage sites in Arabia.

The remote and isolated Socotra Archipelago consists of four islands and two rocky islets near the Gulf of Aden.

Although it appeared in the Travels of Marco Polo, few people today visit or even know of this forgotten land.

Its rich biodiversity makes it unique, as 37 per cent of Socotra”s 825 plants do not occur naturally anywhere else in the world.

With 192 bird species, 253 species of coral, 730 species of costal fish and 300 species of crab and lobster, Socotra is the naturalist”s paradise.

Separated from the Horn of Africa around 20 million years ago, Socotra”s long cultural and natural isolation has made it a unique and enchanting destination.

The locals are of Indian, Arabian and Somali origins. They follow the Islamic faith, and speak Soqotri, an unwritten tongue that pre-dates Arabic.

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