The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games to take place in the great city of London has put off many visitors and tourists, who had planned and is planning for a sight-seeing visit. The reasons behind this is said to be the perception of congestion and higher prices. Scotland tourism has seen this as an advantage to boost its marketing activities to draw more visitors to the country.
The official website of Scotland is seem to tactically target those looking to get away from the South East during London Olympics 2012. Visitors to the Olympics or other major events were primarily drawn by the event itself, and could displace “normal” tourists who could be discouraged by perceptions of congestion and inflated prices for accommodation and other services. This has also given more chance for hoteliers and travel businesses in Scotland to surplus their marketing. Continue reading
The first ever official papal visit to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI will meet the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland this autumn. During his four day visit to the UK,the Pope, head of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, will hold a public mass in Glasgow and besides that he will also conduct a prayer vigil in London and a public mass in Coventry.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh and President of the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said he was totally thrilled and as Pope John Paul II’s trip as a pastoral one in 1982 was an enormous success, he presumes that this occasion too would be a wonderful event for the whole of Scotland.
This visit will be an opportunity to cement ties between the UK and the Holy See and to deal with poverty and climate change as well as to consider the important role of faith in creating strong and cohesive communities.
Pope Benedict’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II will be an encounter between two heads of state as well as two heads of churches.
The cost of the visit would be met from the existing budgets and no additional expenses would be provided to the various forces involved. The Scottish Secretary Mr Murphy said that the non police cost may come around £15 million including the state and pastoral elements of the visit.