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Cambridge challenges expensive city break claim

Holidays and short trips away can be expensive but a new report has found a city break in Cambridge will set you back rather more than most.

The travel website Trip Advisor has released a league table, which claims a night's stay for two in the city is more expensive than London - in fact it's the second most expensive city break in the UK.

Cambridge has hit back insisting the city is good value for money and more than worth it.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer


Summer getaway begins

The start of the school holidays marks the beginning of the peak summer season for our region's tourism industry.

But with the recent high temperatures, are people choosing to stay at home, rather than go abroad this year?

Serena Sandhu looks now at two families taking very different holidays - home, and away.

Tourism experts say businesses must adapt

Great Yarmouth Credit: Credit: PA

Tourism experts in East Anglia have said that businesses need to prepare for the possibility of more wet summers to come.

Chris Scargill from Larking Gowen said businesses like Banham Zoo and the new model village at Wroxham are good examples as they have invested in indoor attractions, which won't be at the mercy of the British weather.

Twin tigers born at Banham Zoo. Credit: Banham Zoo

He told ITV News Anglia that banks are lending money to business which want to adapt, but the situation is not an easy one. Traditional 'bucket and spade' destinations are most likely to suffer from weather extremes.

He also said that people should look at the day to day forecasts, and not just assume it's all doom and gloom, and that East Anglia still enjoys very dry weather compared to the rest of the UK.

Tourist attraction to be sold

The Yesterday's World attraction in Great Yarmouth

A tourist attraction in Great Yarmouth is to be sold - once auctioneers can work out how much it's worth.

Yesterday's World houses a collection of 150,000 artefacts including wartime memorabilia, a carpenter's workshop, a curiosity shop, silent movie theatre and a general store.

The owners are hoping to preserve the attraction for visitors by selling it as a going concern.


Plans announced to boost tourism industry

The Broads: A popular tourist destination for visitors Credit: PA

The region's tourism industry has backed government plans to attract more visitors to Britain.

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller has unveiled a new partnership strategy between public and private sector bodies to boost tourism.

The aim is to increase visitors number by 40 million by 2020, that would bring in an extra £13 billion in foreign money... and create 200,000 new jobs - many in our region.

The attractions of a holiday at home instead of abroad

On a sunny St George's Day the Visit England tourist board want us all to get outside and celebrate England's green and pleasant land.

They've has compiled a list of the 101 things to do in this country before you go even think about holidaying abroad.

People from across the country have been submitting their top experiences but only seven made it onto the list from the Anglia region. Should there be more? Join our Facebook debate.

Click below to watch Luke Farrington's report on what the East of England has to offer:

Tourist board names top places to visit in the East

Punting along the River Cam in Cambridge is one of the 101 things to do before going abroad Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Visit England tourist board has named the top 101 things to do before going abroad but only seven of them are in the East of England.

The must-do bucket list of things to do or places to see contains these in the Anglia region:

Eating fish and chips at Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Rafting in the Lee Valley on the Hertfordshire-Essex border

Visiting Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes

Holkham beach in Norfolk

Punting in Cambridge

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire

Ice skating in the Fens

Given that the full list contains 101 things to do in England there are many who suggest the compilation should have more than seven places in the East of England because it is a magnet of tourists.

Why don't you tell us what should be on the list in this region by visiting our Facebook page.

Troops from the Household Cavalry exercise their horses in the sea at Holkham beach, Norfolk Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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