Week Four: UK destinations losing tourist business to France

BBC Breaking Travel features spectacular time-lapse videos in which regular people travel some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. This week, the network explores how some of the UK’s most attractive…

Week Four: UK destinations losing tourist business to France

BBC Breaking Travel features spectacular time-lapse videos in which regular people travel some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

This week, the network explores how some of the UK’s most attractive destinations have been taking hits in an increasingly competitive tourism market that is proving to be one of the most challenging economic sectors in Britain.

BBC Breaking Travel reveals how destinations like Weymouth and Lulworth Cove have lost a third of their visitors to destinations elsewhere in Europe.

They also look at the impact on local businesses like the Gurney’s Hot Beach Hotel, who admit to fears that a new stretch of sand, which is part of the sea wall between East Lulworth and Weymouth, will struggle to compete with the steady streams of foreign visitors.

In Brighton, the same concerns arise as officials predict a shortfall of tourists looking to follow in the footsteps of their neighbours down the Sussex coast.

The Channel Islands are believed to be enjoying a boom in visitors from the UK, rising by 15% in the last 12 months to nearly 300,000 visitors every day.

But undercutting their neighbours may prove an expensive mistake according to Caerphilly county councillor Zafar Shaikh, who has called for the Channel Islands’ airports to be considered as possible candidates for a third runway.

The Channel Islands have increasingly become attractive destinations

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