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Birmingham is the fastest-growing UK city for lovers looking for a Valentine's getaway, climbing six places in the Expedia.co.uk Top 20 since last year.
The boost in visitor figures puts the city at number 11 - above Marrakech, Prague and even Venice.
- London (same)
- Paris (same)
- Amsterdam (up one)
- New York (down one)
- Edinburgh (same)
- Dublin (up seven)
- Rome (down one)
- Barcelona (same)
- Manchester (down two)
- Berlin (same)
- Birmingham (up six)
- Dubai (down three)
- Las Vegas (down one)
- Venice (up five)
- Marrakech (new)
- Cardiff (new)
- Prague (up one)
- Istanbul (up two)
- Liverpool (down five)
- Glasgow (new)
As new figures reveal Birmingham to be growing in popularity for a Valentine's getaway, here are some suggestions for how to spend a romantic weekend:
- The Jewellery Quarter is full of quirky restaurants and bars - not to mention beautiful buildings and the wealth of glittering diamonds on sale.
- They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac, so where better to head than Cadbury World?
- If music be the food of love, London Concert Orchestra will perform Love Classics at the Symphony Hall.
- Romantic classic Casablanca is showing at the mac cinema tonight and tomorrow.
- Birmingham boasts a full range of everything from posh nosh to slap-up grub - so whether you fancy stellar views over the city at the Marco Pierre White restaurant at The Cube or one of Birmingham's signature baltis, you won't be short of choice.
Birmingham's a "romantic recipe" of architecture, music, jewellery and scenery has helped make it the UK's fastest-growing romantic destination this Valentine's, city tourism bosses have said.
Emma Gray, marketing director at Visit Birmingham, said the network of canals and top-notch restaurants helped create a romantic atmosphere.
More and more couples are choosing to be charmed in Birmingham thanks to the city's romantic recipe of stunning architecture, world-class music and art and its famous Jewellery Quarter, offering priceless, bespoke presents for that special someone.
Visitors can soak up the sights while taking a starry-eyed stroll beside our city centre canals and enjoy the great collection of restaurants and bars to stop off at along the way.
Birmingham is the ideal place to spend your Valentine's weekend.
Planning a romantic weekend? Well, look no further than the Midlands - as Birmingham is the UK's fastest-growing Valentine's destination, according to new figures released today.
According to Expedia.co.uk, Britain's Second City has moved up six places in the travel company's Top 20 Valentine's destination for Brits - the highest rise of anywhere in the country.
It follows previous research which found the Midland city was also the fastest-growing Christmas and New Year's destination, with bookings to the city soaring by 118 per cent over the festive period.
Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, has posted a video of his cat online, as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home launch their first online election poll to crown Westminster's cat of the year.
The Nottingham politician's cat is called 'Parsnip' and the furry feline is up against other moggies nominated by MP's and Lords in Westminster.
To be crowned 'Pur Minister' of cats, the contestants have provided a 50-word manifesto - or 'manifursto' as it is being called - setting out why they think their pet is the best candidate.
Battersea's head of Cattery, Lindsey Quinlan, said of the competition:
"We're really excited about our Westminster top cat competition and hope MP's have great fun entering their cat and the cat-loving public enjoy choosing their 'Purr Minister'"
Video courtesy of Mark Spencer.
Dawn the fox is one of six foxy residents at Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary.
When rescued by a member of the public, they initially thought she was a dog - and it seems she does too.
Staff have caught her on camera rolling over to have her tummy tickled, and wagging her tail - just like any enthusiastic puppy.
The region's most tattooed man has failed to get a passport because of his name.
Four years ago Mathew Whelen from Birmingham changed his name to King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink Ite.
He says a shortened version of his name - Body Art - could appear on the document.
He got a driving licence without any problems and his MP is calling for consistency between agencies.
The Passport Office say they don't comment on individual cases.
'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite's' local MP, Liberal Democrat John Hemming, is calling for more consistency with names on official documents, as Britain's most tattooed man does have his new name on his driving licence, but has been refused a passport.
The 34-year-old, also known as 'Body Art', says his human rights have been infringed, after the Passport Office turned down his application for a passport renewal, since changing his name by deed poll four years ago.
Britain's most tattooed man from Birmingham has explained in an interview with ITV news Central why he decided to change his name to 'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite'.
It comes after the 34-year-old claims an infringement of his human rights because he was refused a passport under that name. Rules state that names deemed as 'frivolous' are not allowed.
Also known as 'Body Art' for short, he told presenters Bob Warman and Sameena Ali-khan he believes he has the right to become Body Art in life and by name choice.