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New York magazine picks Birmingham over London

New York magazine has told its readers to pick "Birmingham instead of London" for a holiday.

The article in the influential publication picks the city as a top destination for tourists.

Major attractions highlighted by the magazine include the city's burgeoning food scene, cultural offerings like the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham Royal Ballet as well as the city's new £189 million pubic library.

Selfridges at the Bullring, shopping minus the London crowds is only one of the reasons more tourists are starting to pick Birmingham. Credit: PA/John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Top beach award for popular Midlands tourist destination

Skegness beach being enjoyed in the peak season. Credit: ITV News Central

Skegness Central beach has been given a top tourism award for its cleanliness by litter campaign group Keep Britain Tidy.

The beach, which is popular with tourists from the Midlands, has met new European Union standards. It's one of 55 beaches across the UK to be awarded a Blue Flag.

Keep Britain Tidy operations director Richard McIlwain said: "We campaign to improve the quality of our local environment and we know that communities love their beaches and understand what an asset they are for their towns' economies.

Skegness beach in the summer. Credit: ITV News Central


Tourist attractions feel the effects of the big freeze

The snow and ice may have melted but the impact of the arctic conditions are still being felt.

Some of the biggest tourist attractions in the Midlands were forced to close as the big freeze set in.

One says it has lost £750,000 and has seen a fifty per cent fall in visitor numbers compared to the same time last year. Deborah Hadfield reports.

Snow forced Drayton Manor to close for first time in history

The recent heavy snowfall has cost tourist attractions in the Midlands huge sums of money.

Staffordshire theme park Drayton Manor was forced to close for three days last weekend for the first time in its history due to hazardous conditions for visitors, costing the business £750,000.

It took 50 members of staff with shovels and diggers to move 1,000 tonnes of snow from the grounds of the park.

The number of visitors to the attraction are 50% down compared to the same time last year.

Weather has huge financial impact on Midlands tourist attractions

Thomas Land in Drayton Manor is one of the attractions at the theme park

The snow and 'arctic conditions' have caused tourist attractions in the Midlands to lose huge amounts of cash as many had to close or turn away visitors.

Drayton Manor theme park in Staffordshire says it has lost around £750,000 and seen a 50% fall in the number of people visiting compared to the same time last year.


£10,000 snow-damage to historic Midlands house

The snowfall meant the National Trust property had to close for the weekend Credit: ITV Central

The bad weather has caused damage at an historic stately home in Derbyshire.

Snow forced National Trust's Calke Abbey estate to close last week.

It has caused damage to paths and fields which will cost £10,000 to repair.

National Trust's Calke Abbey estate had to cancel an event due to the bad weather Credit: ITV Central

Grampers go glam with hi-tec caravans

The UK's biggest motorhome and caravan show has opened in Birmingham today.

More than 90,000 people are expected over six days.

Motorhomes get a patriotic lick of paint Credit: ITV Central

It may be getting chilly outside but apparently caravaning is on the increase during the Winter months.

Over the last few years there's been a growing trend in the over 55s to go travelling in their motorhomes and caravans.

Motorhomes go modern Credit: ITV Central

But unlike the old days where you were lucky if you had a portable toilet, today's grampers -as they're known- go caravaning in style.

A 'micro-caravan' on display at the NEC Credit: ITV Central
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