While clever people way above my pay grade work out the far reaching implications of the ‘earthquake’ caused by the Brexit victory, as far as our hotels, castles, stately homes, gardens, cathedrals, pubs and tea rooms are concerned, the signs are out everywhere to confirm that it’s very much business as usual.
On Thursday 23rd June, the USD exchange rate was around $1.47. At the time of writing, it has moved in your favor to $1.36 with pundits predicting that it will stay below $1.40 for much of 2016.
This is where the silver lining comes in as enterprising travel agents target their Anglophile customers and encourage them to head for the UK this summer. If enough of you get behind the idea, you’ll play an important role in giving our industry a valuable shot in the arm as we in turn give your clients a truly memorable travel experience. We both win!
To add bubble, fizz, and pleasant surprises to their trip and to make their dollars go even further, encourage them to spend less time in London and more time in the countryside where the prices are better, and where they’ll find we’re celebrating:
- The Year of the English Garden and the 300th the Capability Brown’s Tercentenary
- Charlotte Bronte’s 200th anniversary
- Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary
- The centenary of Alf Wight, aka James Herriot, author of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’
- The centenary of Roald Dahl, the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, and Mathilda
- The 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare
- The 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, a living history re-enactment
And don’t forget that Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) is open until 7th September and the golden age of steam is very much alive with the return of the Flying Scotsman.
As the UK extricates itself from the European Union DO NOT lose sight of the fact that:
- all the places your clients want to see are open and ready to give your customers a truly memorable visit
- the exchange rate is firmly in your favor which means that the UK and Ireland are destinations where you can continue to make very good profits
I’ve been customising UK tours for over 35 years, and if you need help in putting these showcase items into a well-constructed and sensibly priced itinerary, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more bright ideas, check out my website at www.customgb.co.uk.
Paull Tickner, creator of Special Interest Britain, is an expert in developing customized niche travel programs for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Check out his website at www.customgb.co.uk and email him at email@example.com