Tourism tips for Cumbrian businesses

Businesses from across the Eden have taken part in a tourism summit to learn about how to maximise the tourism potential for the area.

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Great Wall meets Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall is developing a partnership with The Great Wall, both beauty spots will feature in a photography exhibition in London.

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A write good day out in Cumbria

An attraction in Cumbria has come out top in an online poll for the country's quirkiest tourist experiences.

The Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick has won the questionable title of "oddest day out" - beating a Scottish nudist beach and space centre to the top spot.

The museum also boasts the world's biggest pencil - at a staggering eight metres long.

Dawn Walker is Deputy Manager at the Cumberland Pencil Museum, and is delighted with results:

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Tourism boost for south-west Scotland

Scottish Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing is visiting a holiday park in the south-west of Scotland to find out how busy the region has been this summer.

Loch Ken Holiday Park, near Castle Douglas, has seen an increase in visitor numbers with the help of recent investment.

The area has enjoyed a busier year than usual with visitors coming from both sides of the Border as well as mainland Europe.

A national tourism report has shown a 21% rise in visitors to outdoor attractions across south-west Scotland.

Full Report: Borders tourism on a summer high

As we head into the bank holiday weekend, it looks as if it has been a pretty good summer for tourism across the region, with businesses north and south of the border confident visitor numbers will be well up on last year.

It seems innovation is the key to success and Andy Burn went to see a high-flying attraction in South West Scotland.

Watch his full report below.

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Tourism boost from the hot weather?

Tourism officials across the region say it is too early to assess the impact of this summer's record hot weather.

Some attractions are reporting an increase in visitor numbers, but it will be next month before exact figures are known.

A number of caravan sites across the south of Scotland said that the heatwave in July helped them secure the highest visitors numbers for seven years.

Businesses bathe in sunshine boost

Tourism bosses in the Lake District are expecting a bumper weekend following the hottest weather of the year so far.

The crowds have already been out in Bowness-on-Windermere today with the temperature reaching 25 degrees and many more are expected to arrive over the weekend.

Nigel Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises and says the boost is very welcome after last summer's washout:

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