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Dear Britain…

Dear people of Britain,

I hereby solemnly swear on the Union Flag (the Palace of Buckingham, a piping hot pot of rosy lee and any passing British Bulldog or Hackney carriage), that I will not commission any edgy film directors to do what Lars Von Trier has done for Danish tourism.

Yours sincerely (with the stiffest of stiff upper lips),

Iain G. Morrison LLB (Hons)

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. At least until I find me a hot, cutting-edge film director with an appetite for risk…

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Fly-fishing…

Remember this little gem from Yellow Pages? Particularly love the aggressive over the top ‘no’ from the man up the ladder 20 seconds in and the fuzzy warm glow at the end…

Really does take me back. And also reminds me how we used to hunt for things before we had google in our i-phone app ridden pockets…

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And thinks there’s probably an app for fly-fishing too…

UPDATE: So, they tried to ride the nostalgia bandwagon with this new effort from Day V. Lately. Has all the emotion of a Posh Spice album track in my humble opinion…

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The real deputy PM to get tourism brief too?

Looked better on Freddy Mercury (just)...

Looked better on Freddy Mercury (just)...

Well, not yet…

But the British Chamber of Commerce and Travelodge seem to think Mandy should take it on…

They have proposed that the responsibility for tourism be removed from the control of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and reallocated under the authority of Lord Mandelson’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In response, Kurt Janson, policy director at the Tourism Alliance, said:

“We’re at the stage at the moment where there is less government funding for VisitBritain than there was when Labour came to power in 1997. “We have an opportunity for the sector to provide and maintain jobs… and to provide growth to help us out of the current recession.”

Good old BoJo (London mayor Boris Johnson) has also pledged his support and encouragement to the capital’s tourism sector in the run up to 2012.  Which all makes for great talk.

But ultimately, it’s money that’s required. You’d be amazed how a little can go a long way…

Iain Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And loves that Mandy is back making his presence felt…

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Would you like a rectal with your staycation?

Can't find a holiday here...

Can't find a holiday here...

I hate the word staycation.

Holidays are meant to invoke feelings of excitement, passion, longing. Glamour if you are lucky (and that’s way before we get anywhere near bragging rights). 

The language surrounding your precious time off should amplify those sentiments, and not overtones of some kind of invasive medical procedure..

I digress.

For those of us choosing to holiday at home (or partake in a little staycation if we must), the British coast has some real hidden gems. But how does one unearth them?

Well, in conjunction with VisitBritain Scott Ramsay (travel writer, photographer and blogger extrarodinaire) is going to drive around the coast of mainland Britain, visit the ‘kiss me quick’ popular tourist traps, but also do his very best to take the a-roads…

He hopes to explore some remote spots, and unlock some of those gems for those looking for something more from a holiday at home…

Although we’re a tiny wee island, his tour will see him take right round virtually our entire coastline.

He’s also rather handily googlemapped his route, so people can not only follow his blog (a nice blend of photos, videos and wordage), but can immediately identify those gems close to them for a sneaky weekend away, as opposed to going the whole hog like him.

Not a bad way to spend a month. But for his sake, I do hope he’s a member of  Shell’s loyalty scheme so he’s getting his airmiles for his next break!

Iain Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And is thinking of offering up his blogging services to fund his next vacation…

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