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Monday 25 April 2011

David Cameron wants to see Britain in the top five tourist destinations in the world. He says tourism presents a huge economic opportunity. But is enough investment being put in to make this happen? With a number of other European countries looking to rely on tourism to boost their economies, we find out how the summer is shaping up. We look at what other governments are doing to support infrastructure and boost tourism, specifically in Portugal and Ireland.

Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. Julian Worricker goes behind the scenes to find out how the airport authorities are trying to capitalise on making the journey as important as the destination.

It's one year since the eruptions of an Icelandic volcano grounded more than a hundred thousand flights and stranded millions of passengers. We find out about a new detection system meaning pilots will be able to see an ash cloud at distances of 100 km and ask how effective it will be at reducing future disruption to air travel.

Plus comedian Tom Wrigglesworth on our love affair with the camper van and some favourite 'hidden' holiday destinations.


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  • Saving for our Destination

    Consumers are less likely to cut back on holidays than at the start of the recession and more likely to cut back on discretionary spend on socialising - like drinking and dining out.

  • The Tourism Industry

    With a number of countries in Europe looking to tourism to boost their economies can Ireland, Portugal and the UK rely on it to create jobs and fill the coffers?

  • Heathrow Airport

    Julian Worricker goes to Heathrow to see what it offers the consumer as a destination experience.

  • Ash Cloud Technology

    EasyJet is working on a new technology system called AVOID. It's effectively a weather radar for ash allowing pilots to make adjustments to the plane’s flight path to avoid any ash.

  • All Inclusive Holidays

    With the increasing popularity of All Inclusive holidays, we discuss the impact for local economies.

  • For the love of the campervan

    Comedian Tom Wrigglesworth on why we love to love and hate the camper van in equal measures.

  • Slow Travel

    Is travel more about the destination or the journey to getting there? We hear about the slow travel mindset from Professor of Tourism and author Les Lumsdon.



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