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Tourists show taste in gastro hotspots

Friday, February 6th, 2009

parma-hamHalf of UK tourists have travelled somewhere specifically to taste their favourite food or drink, new research has shown.

A phone poll by Expedia also found that 20 per cent of people have travelled to Parma in Italy just to taste the region’s famous ham, the Times reports.

Other gastronomic hotspots include Hereford, celebrated for its cider, oyster capital Whitstable and Melton Mowbray – home of the famous pork pie.

Celebrity chef Oliver Rowe commented: “Who would have thought pork pies could be such a people-puller?

“It’s important to take advantage of all the fantastic ingredients we have on our doorsteps, while at the same time not forgetting the delicacies that are available to sample when on holiday – local cuisine is definitely becoming as important as traditional tourist attractions.”

Alison Couper at Expedia.co.uk added: “The research shows that Brits are breaking away from the stereotypical PG Tips and Marmite food staples while on holiday and becoming more dedicated to immersing themselves in the homegrown local cuisine.”

The travel firm spoke to 20,000 people over the course of its research.

Holiday makers scoop ‘Las Vegas bargains’

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Las Vegas

The vacations hotspot is currently struggling with dropping visitor numbers, which means that many of its luxury hotels have cut their prices.

Over the first four months of the year, visitor numbers have fallen by four per cent – almost unprecedented since 1970.

Recently, the city’s Tropicana resort has filed for bankruptcy.

There have also been mass job cuts at resorts including the Bellagio and the Mirage.

While bad news for the local economy, this domestic turmoil has led to bargains to be had on luxury holidays to the city.

The newspaper managed to secure a week’s stay at the Bellagio in June for £106 after “a little light haggling”.

Three nights at the MGM Grand can also currently be had for £150, the report adds.