First Base is the equivalent of an 'Editorial'. It is the opportunity for S & A to provide comment and provoke discussion on topical issues relating to leisure and tourism. This will be provided each month and we would welcome your feedback on the matters raised.
Fist Base 22: The Danube Floods!
Last week I was on holiday in Budapest watching CNN report horrendous flooding in an area of the City in which I was staying.
Needless to say I experienced no discomfort or interruption to the holiday. The media clearly has the potential to put whatever spin is relevant, useful, or expedient at the time of going to press.
Four years ago S & A had the privilege to host two groups of Hungarian tourism specialists interested in experiencing city and rural tourism. We took them to Bath and South Somerset. Our Hungarian colleagues were appreciative of their access to quality rural accommodation providers and interesting rural visitor attractions. They were less impressed with our city and spa product. Now I can see why ... eight evenings in Hungary, eight meals and none less than 100% quality! All staff were enthusiastic, welcoming and helpful. We have much to learn!
That is an important statement ... as competition increases globally we must heed what is happening on our doorstep. Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia .... the new competition for UK tourism. These countries are working hard. To compete we must work twice as hard.
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First Base 20: A Tale Of Two Cities
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First Base 19: The need for champions, less studies and more action
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First Base 18: Motor rallying as an economic driver
Late November will see the Network Q Rally descend on Cardiff as the host HQ... more
First Base 17: Wither sport in the UK
As we all try to come to terms with the horrors of last week’s terrorist attacks on the USA, sport,... more
First Base 16: 3 September 2001
The last quarter of the year has begun in a very interesting and stimulating fashion.... not only has it... more
First Base 15: Samaranch – End of an era
Over the past eight years Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC, has allowed me to interview... more
First Base 14: Rocking all over the world – rock bands and stadia events
In the month that Bob Dylan plays Stirling Castle, Van Morrison... more
First Base 13: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg - A Stadium that reflects the City
A month ago when Sports Minister Kate Hoey misguidedly re-opened... more
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