On the 23rd of January, Visit Britain hosted a media presentation in The Big Apple, unveiling a plethora of enticing additions to Great Britain’s tourism landscape. Representatives from Britain, Scotland, Wales, and Manchester shared the latest updates, making it a must-hear for both Canadian travelers and travel advisors. Here’s a glimpse of the highlights:
1. Accommodation Extravaganza in London:
London is set to welcome a slew of luxurious accommodations, including the Park Hyatt London River Thames, Six Senses Hotel, Raffles at the OWO, and a Mandarin Oriental. Edinburgh joins the fray with a dazzling new W hotel featuring a gold wrap-around ribbon and a rooftop bar. Also, keep an eye out for the exclusive Soho House members club in Manchester and the boutique Wildes Chester hotel and spa in Chester, England.
2. Flight Bonanza:
With 123 weekly flights connecting Canada to Great Britain, there’s no shortage of options. Air Canada’s resumption of YYZ-EDI flights in March, along with WestJet’s expanded routes to EDI from YYC and YHZ, and London from YHZ and YYT, provides even more accessibility. Additionally, several Canadian cities offer flights to Glasgow and London.
3. Celebrating Milestones:
2024 marks the 200th anniversary of Cadbury Chocolates’ first shop in Birmingham. Join the festivities at Cadbury World in Bournville Village for a sweet celebration. On a more somber note, the 80th anniversary of D-Day is commemorated with explorations of the historic Churchill War Rooms in London and the D-Day story in Portsmouth.
4. Lights, Camera, Action:
Movie and TV enthusiasts can embark on tours of filming sites, from Wonka in Bath to Masters of the Air in Oxford and the East of England. A new Peaky Blinders film and Bridgerton filming sites in London offer more exciting options. Fans of Sex Education can explore filming sites in Wales, including the famous Wrexham, partly owned by Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds.
5. Sporting Extravaganza:
Catch The Open at Royal Troon in Scotland in July, the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow in March, and iconic events like Wimbledon, The Royal Henley Regatta, and the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley on 01JUN.
6. Trails and Exploration:
Explore the longest coastal walking trail in Wales, the Wales Coastal Trail, or anticipate the grandeur of the King Charles II England Coast Path, set to be the planet’s largest coastal trail. Additionally, Wales introduces the daring 122-mile off-road biking route, Traws Eryi, from Machynelleth to Conwy.
7. Culinary Delights:
Modern food halls like Boxhall in London and Bristol, and Boxpark in Liverpool, promise delightful culinary experiences. Wales boasts Gareth Ward’s Ynyshir restaurant with two Michelin stars, while Edinburgh welcomes the Edinburgh Gin At the Arches Distillery and Visitor Experience.
8. The Arts Scene in Great Britain:
Experience the return of Sister Act to London’s West End in March, Mean Girls at the Savoy Theatre in June, and The Devil Wears Prada at the Dominion Theatre in October. Hello Dolly! makes its debut at the London Palladium in July, and Hamilton takes the stage at The Birmingham Hippodrome, celebrating its 125th anniversary.
9. Cultural Celebrations:
October marks Black History Month in Britain, honoring the contributions of the Black community. Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Caribbean Carnival in Preston and join Wales’ annual Pride Cymru in Cardiff or the vibrant Manchester Pride event in August.
Great Britain is gearing up for an extraordinary year, offering an array of experiences for every traveler.