In the last year, country has seen rapid development of its infrastructure (the country now has over 200 hotels), a surge in tourist arrivals and a first visit from Obama; the growth of Myanmar is an upward curve hereon. In the first six months of 2012, international arrivals increased by 30% compared to 2011 (Ministry of Hotels and Tourism).
Research (from Tourism Economics) has shown that if we can get the right partnerships, the right marketing and the right policy actions we can increase inbound visitor numbers from 31 million to 40 million by the end of the decade - an increase of 9 million visitors by 2020 creating £8.7 billion a year in additional foreign exchange earnings and over 200,000 more jobs.
Pecorino cheese drizzled with truffle-infused honey and a glass of pinot grigio; a standard start to a day at Giulio Benuzzi's house on the Tuscan hillside. It is a Sunday morning, 11.00am by the chime of the church bells next door, and Giulio's guests are beginning their day with the truffle hunter.
This week, VisitBritain has launched a consultation on a growth strategy for tourism to Britain, with an ambition to reach 40 million visitors by 2020, a 3% year on year increase. Reaching that figure would deliver £8.7 billion additional foreign exchange earnings at today's prices and support more than 200,000 additional jobs.
What we need, controlled building regulations aside, is to go back to the drawing board in order to encourage a country's competitiveness by building on its local source unique assets like its culture, landmarks, food, people, architecture and any other authentic aspect of that destination that is capable of differentiating each destination from the next.
Britain has close to 400 vineyards and among them, some of the best wines in the world are produced. Many of these vineyards are open to public tours to give tourists an idea of how they produce their wines. Whether you are taking a cruise to England for a brief stay or are staying longer, consider booking a tour at some of the below vineyards.