Release Date: 24/05/2012
VisitRichmond has created a buzz around the world – with tourists from as far a field as Uzbekistan making contact requesting information.
The VisitRichmond Guide 2012 has gone global since it was launched by the Council in January. Created to encourage visitors to the borough, the VisitRichmond website has received inquires from more than 40 countries. With Richmond upon Thames gearing up for a bumper summer of events, interest in the borough has rocketed. Demand for online requests for copies of the VisitRichmond Guide 2012 has almost reached 1,000 so far this year.
India leads the table of the most online requests for the VisitRichmond Guide 2012 with 345, beating the UK into second with 248, while Russia is third with 53 requests. Unique hits to the VistRichmond website has leapt to 84,000 per month – compared to 54,000 last year.
The 2012 guide book has been sent to Tourist Information Centres around the UK and abroad and are also displayed at local hotels, guest houses and attractions. The borough’s hotels, accommodation providers, visitor hotspots and local businesses are highlighted in the brochure.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Leisure, said:
“This is a very special year for Richmond upon Thames and we are looking forward to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. Our borough is a place to be proud of with so much to offer and that is why VisitRichmond is so important, because we want to share all the things we love about the area with the world.
I am delighted by the growing success story of VisitRichmond, it really does bring all of the attractions and information visitors need to know together in one place. This borough attracts more than three million visitors a year and our tourist economy is worth £292 million. The guide and www.visitrichmond.co.uk is responsible for a good share of that.”
India – 345
United Kingdom – 248
Russia – 53
United States – 37
Ukraine – 17
Italy – 15
Argentina – 12
Australia – 10
Spain – 9
Germany – 8
For a copy of the guide, visit your local library, sport centres, or pick one up from the Richmond station information point, or download one from: www visitrichmond.co.uk
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