The coming year “2012″ is going to be a year for Scotland to display it’s creativity for the world. The government of Scotland has planned a- year-long programme of events, activities and festivals aimed at promoting the country’s creativity which will begin with the Hogmanay.
Scotland have always seeing various ways to promote its tourism to the world. As result, the country has witnessed a significant inflow of tourists during the past years. The number of people who are choosing for Scotland holidays are increasing. Continue reading
Staycations in Scotland seems to boost the country’s tourism sector. New statistics show that this boost still continues. Those who are engaged into hotel business is now calls on this sector to tap into fresh opportunities. The companies like KarmaKerala is more on to focusing on homestay tourism.
The statistics this year (according to the Great Britain Tourism Survey and the International Passenger Survey) shows that between the months of January and June, there was a total of 6.9 million visits to Scotland, up 4 per cent on the same period in 2010. Domestic visits, which account for 84 per cent of all trips to Scotland, were up 6 per cent to 5.9 million, with Scotland outperforming the rest of Britain.
The figures, which include UK and overseas visits, show that the international picture continues to be challenging, although there are indications that Scotland’s biggest market, North America, is showing signs of recovery with a 7 per cent increase in visitor numbers.
These figures encourage Scotland’s tourism sector as the country is moving on to the ‘winning years’, which aims to capitalise on the huge economic opportunities that lie ahead, including the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, Homecoming 2014, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup 2014.”
Taking all these positive things into account, Scottish tourism can exploit the trend for “staycations” and, the huge private investment in the sector to make the industry a beacon of economic growth in Scotland.
It was a huge loss for the people of Scotland this sunday with the demise of the noted broadcaster and actor Tom Fleming. Fleming, 82 died at the St Columba’s Hospice here in Edinburgh. His distinctive voice has served the people of Scotland for almost over 30 years, being part of all major occasions including the Queen’s coronation, Diana’s funeral and the opening of the Scottish parliament, Fleming was a commentator to remember for long .
Being multi-talented, Fleming along with broadcasting was also good at acting, directing and poetry. He has been an asset for the country with exemplary services to the Scottish art. Born in Edinburgh, Fleming even played the lead role in the first ever full-length televised drama production from Scotland,’The Black Eye’. His works were rewarded with an OBE in 1980, and he also became a doctor of Heriot-Watt University during 1984, Fleming was also a fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1986.
Broadcaster and actor Tom Fleming, entertained and informed millions, he has done commentary for consecutive Tattoos from 1966 until 2009. He has also been actively part of many art and theatre works and also led the corporate Minister of Canonmills church in Edinburgh for 20 years. In his career, Fleming has commentated for a whole lot of events along with the Queen’s silver jubilee, ten funerals and even two royal weddings.
His major achievements includes his tenure with BBC as a commentator for the VE and VJ Day commemorations, Fleming was also known for his annual commentary on the Cenotaph service in London. Along with all this, Fleming too have been part of many other functions and events, both on stage and air, his voice and style of presentation made him distinct from others. To pay tribute to this class person, came many journalist, dignitaries and friends who gathered to bid adieu to their loved star.
News Source : Scotsman
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Travel to Scotland and experience something so different, The land is known for golf and the popular fields. Another best thing about Scotland is it’s vibrant tradition, culture, traditions and beauty. Apart from golfing Scotland is associated with a significant culture, tradition and serene beauty. Apart from having the historical account of almost half-a-century the city is a growing core of transformation and an imminent destination for development. Scotland golf holiday offers you the combination of golfing as well as travelling. Golfing holiday in Scotland gives you a juncture to relax and mesmerize into the ravishing beauty of Scotland.
You are assured to get a bunch full of varied itineraries, which will suit your budget as well as your desires. If you are planning on traveling to Scotland for a golfing holiday then you won’t have a lack of options for anything. There is a host of options from which you can choose – accommodation, golf courses, number of days you want to stay, cuisine and many more. With the popularity of golfing holidays rolling to rise, Scotland gathered its own recognition for golf holiday packages, which includes golfing activities, tourist activities and seeing the natural sites of the region.
Last year, when the Wanderlust magazine (a bible for independent minded travelers) introduced a new category “Best Rail Journey” to its list of annual travel awards, little did anyone guess who the winner would be. Speculations were that it ought to be the Trans-Siberian Express, Orient Express or the Trans-Australia. Few people even conjectured it could be the train through the fabled Alps in Switzerland, the Eurostar or the Cusco-Puno in Peru.
The winner-West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William and fishing port of Mallaig on the West coast of Scotland had more than a few surprised. But to those who have been to the place or who have experienced the 164 miles train journey themselves, the West Highland Line was the clear winner. This is the second year running that the West Highland has won this title and this accolade for sure will do wonders when it comes to publicity for Scotland Tourism.
UK’s most scenic rail route became the world’s number one outshining 400 other rail journeys nominated from across the world. Highlights of the journey included its awe-inspiring scenery, beautiful lochs, the highland cattle you get to see on the way, the 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct which it crosses and the splendid views of the Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum. The west Highland line and its scenery had already earned its share of fame worldwide (which of course it very well deserved) after the Glenfinnan viaduct (world’s first concrete rail viaduct at Glenfinnan) which it crosses featured in the Harry Potter movie series.
The awards attracted more than 3000 readers vote and gives travellers another reason to make this trip during their holiday. Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said: “It’s great to see the West Highland Line once again topping the list – proving that you really don’t need to travel to far flung destinations to experience truly breathtaking scenery.”
Tip: The tickets are real cheap if you book in advance.