Leading travel journalist shares top tips for 48 hours in York

25 Jan 2013 @ 11.42 am
| News
Simon Calder – filming in York

Issued by Visit York

Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and esteemed travel journalist Simon Calder will this weekend launch his top tips for spending 48 hours in York to over 300,000 readers of The Independent newspaper, both in print and online.

A double page spread will feature in the newspaper this Saturday 26th January and a brand new York video can be seen at www.independent.co.uk.

This new video is a key element in Visit York’s marketing campaign this year to promote the city’s world class visitor attractions, independent shopping, buzzing nightlife and its title of Best Gastro City in Britain.

To coincide with Simon’s recommendations, Visit York will also launch a new social media initiative to ask it’s 9,000 Twitter followers and 9,000 Facebook fans “How would you spend your 48 hours in York?” under the hashtag #York48hrs.

At the same time 95,000 subscribers to the Independent online will receive tips from Visit York on what to see and do in the city through a direct mail e-news campaign and a competition to win a luxury two night stay, with dinner at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa, two York Passes and East Coast Train tickets will feature on the Independent website.

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York, said: “Our new partnership with VisitEngland has enabled us to work with a quality national newspaper with a superb reputation for inspiring travel articles.

“Simon’s expertise in travel and tourism shines through in his new video on York and we hope this will inspire those who haven’t yet visited York to add the city to their list of short breaks this year.”

During his time in York, Simon said: “What a treat to be filming in York. It is the most photogenic of cities, and just made for the 48 Hours concept – with so many dimensions and such rich heritage packed concisely and elegantly within the walls.

“I hope it inspires many more visitors to come and spend at least two days in York.”

This new marketing activity is being delivered using the first instalment of funding from the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF), as part of the Growing Tourism Locally investment project, led by the national tourist board VisitEngland and supported by East Coast Trains.

Visit York was recently awarded £666,666 to produce campaigns over the next three years to encourage more Britons to holiday in the city.

This latest Visit York initiative will promote the city’s York Wrapped Up breaks which offer 2 night’s accommodation, including breakfast and a FREE *dinner for two or a Yorkshire Hamper on the first night of stay in selected York hotels, B&Bs and self catering.

(*Dinner at hotels only. B&Bs and self caterings offer the Yorkshire hamper.)

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