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Offline La Vigna

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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #45 on: February 22, 2015, 09:42:15 AM »
On the National Trust Website it has a link to other organisations abroad and Members of the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland benefit from free visiting arrangements with 14 similar heritage organisations in other countries. And FAI is one of them so that is good news.


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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #46 on: February 22, 2015, 10:19:35 AM »
IMO the Abruzzese tourist board do not need to visit a cafe in the UK to see how it is done, the thought of the equivalent of the Nelguin tea rooms opening here frightens the life out of me BUT obviously the areas of interest need to have facilities.
I class my mum and dad as typical retirees from the UK who love touring the UK and also love visiting different parts of the world. When they come here they explore the area and always come back with a story to tell later that evening, they are always satisfied with the great cappuccino they had at a little bar in ............ and the cake they had to go with it and how the waitress/barman made a  fuss of them, then the little restaurant they found that was so cheap blah blah blah How amazing the views were from .......... how great this castle was and nice the cheese was in the little town of ............. The main problem for me is unless I gave them pointers they would leave my house blind and miss out on so much. 5 years ago there were fantastic guide books in the airport along with maps, I still have some now these books, they told you many things about where to go what to do THIS is what we need more of, there is lots to do and see here to satisfy any type of traveller but if you don't know where to go you'll miss it. I found out about the old Monastery at Fara San MArtino after 3 years of living here and it is one of the most stunning places on earth IMO, we just need something to tell us and tell others what is here.

The Abruzzese tourist board have employed people from the Tuscan one and I have seen some of their ideas come to life for instance if you go to Palena you will see many signs telling you about sites in the town and you can photo the QR code and it will guide you around the town, this is fantastic but what if no one gets to the town or knows about it, THIS is the problem. Most towns/villages have a bar for your drink, most have restaurants or bakers for food we just need someone to tell us to go there and when this happens new things will open.

Dolce you hit the nail on the head about the difference between Cornwall in 1983 and now, that is 30 years of advertising and people exploring, 10 years ago I was doing exhibitions in the UK where 90% of people that came to our stand had never even heard of Abruzzo, now I would say the figures are the opposite so things will change but like anything in life you need time, patience and a lot of money, the great thing is Abruzzo has many USP's we just need to know how to tell everyone about them.
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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #47 on: February 22, 2015, 11:06:13 AM »
My idea wasn't to encourage Italians to set up Britalian Tea Rooms in Pescara what I was referring to is the lack of understanding within tourism bodies in Abruzzo of what actions need to be taken to increase the numbers of tourists coming to Abruzzo.

My memories of the Cornish Tourist Board in the 80s was of a largely well intentioned but not terribly effective body as they were still thinking of tourism to Cornwall in terms of 'the bucket and spade brigade' and once cheap flights to Spain arrived this group of tourist left Cornwall in droves. It took time, commitment and imagination to rebuild tourism and to create well paid full-time jobs for Cornish
people. The tourists we get now are completely different in their tastes and requirements and many successful new enterprises have set up in Cornwall to cater for them. These are the tourists that Abruzzo could attract ;They love green places, history, good food, good wine and above all ITALY.

Some businesses in Abruzzo attract tourists by offering specialist holidays such as painting, yoga or cooking. I often wonder why no-one has started up a sculpting school in Lettomanoppello as there is a strong tradition locally and I know a friend in Cornwall who runs a very successful year round school. Encouraging these enterprises with tax breaks and free promotions would be a great help.

 
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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #48 on: February 22, 2015, 11:42:25 AM »
... think we should all be careful what we wish for...Long story why I came across this LINK , but thought of this forum and some peoples desires immediately  ::)

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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2015, 09:35:59 AM »
... think we should all be careful what we wish for...Long story why I came across this LINK , but thought of this forum and some peoples desires immediately  ::)

But these aren't tourists they are Russian Billionaires buying up acres of prime estate in Toscana; I can't imagine people who install  vodka 'taps' in their bathrooms trekking in the Abruzzese National Parks somehow ???
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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #50 on: February 23, 2015, 10:17:41 AM »
I think we need to differentiate between foreign tourism and indigenous tourism. From what I remember of Cornwall, it wasn't full of foreign tourists flying in from distant parts, on the contrary it was british people clogging up the A303 with touring caravans.

Abruzzo is similar in that the largest proportion of "tourists" are Italian, heading for the beaches or the mountains. Even amongst  the "Foreign" visitors, many are Italians who are working abroad and coming home to visit family.

IMO Abruzzo should be encouraging "Foreign Tourists" who will bring foreign money to the local economy. Lax mentioned Page and Moy and it made me wonder if there are many tour operators offering Abruzzo as a destination?

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Re: Italy unpacked programme on bbc2
« Reply #51 on: February 23, 2015, 10:32:57 AM »
To the best of my knowledge only the small, independent tour operators are pushing Abruzzo.  I know of at least 6 'outfits' who are bringing (primarily American) groups to Sulmona this Spring and Summer but they are all small, mostly start-up and have a specific niche market.  Page & Moy did have Sulmona on an itinerary a few years ago but they were bought out in 2012 and I'm not sure if that particular tour still exits.  One of our problems here is lack of rooms.  There are a number of very good (and award winning) hotels and B&B's but we can't do volume here very well.  Early days still...
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