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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

East Anglia hopes for "last-minute" Easter tourists

The Visit East Anglia tourism organisation is hoping visitors make spur-of-the-moment decision to come to the region this Easter despite the chilly weather.

Keith Brown says there are a lot of reasons to visit East Anglia where your want adventure or cultural breaks.

There are 20 million people within two-hours drive of the region.

Despite the poor weather Mr Brown says the figures coming through from tourism businesses are 'pretty positive and the outlook is quite strong'.

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Putting curious Suffolk on the tourist map

It can boast a beautiful coastline, the famous landscapes of Constable Country, the music of Benjamin Britten and historic sites like Sutton Hoo but despite that tourism bosses reckon Suffolk needs a change of image.

They're launching a 14-week campaign to promote the county as curious, a word that's strongly divided opinion.

Trade plummets for tourism businesses

Businesses dependent on tourism are reporting a drop in turnover of 10 to 25 per cent.

However, experts say a recent warm spell, coupled with the success of Team GB, has seen a late surge in holiday spending.

It may be too late though for many businesses which are feeling the effects of prolonged bad weather, and people staying at home to watch the Olympics.

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