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 12: Level playing fields are non-existent
This week has seen the Government announce a £500m compensation fund to re-build the... more
First Base 11: There must be no ambiguity!
It is rather auspicious, writing this on April Fool's Day, at a time when the UK is wracked with... more
First Base 10: The Last Straw - Free admissions to National Museums
The financially precarious nature of many private sector visitor... more
First Base 9: Foot and mouth – The crisis for tourism
Malcolm Bell of the West Country Tourist Board stated yesterday (9 March) that the foot... more
First Base 8: Competition from the Other Edge of Europe?
Moldova is the latest European country to join in the battle to attract international... more
First base 7: Standing room only!
We would welcome your views on the topic of standing at stadia. Please read on and see news... more
First Base 6: The Wembley way... To international embarassment
Over the past 12 months the level of criticism levelled at the Organising... more
First Base 5: Attractions fight back
The clear distortion that now exists in the marketplace as a result of the Lottery funded and heavily... more
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