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Isle of Man TT: weekend's business can set islanders up for the year

This weekend sees the return of the Isle of Man TT and with good weather expected crowds are likely to flock to the island.

That means a big boost for Manx business - our reporter Daniel Hewitt's been finding out how much that means to people there.

"No surprise" Chester is "prettier" than Venice

Those responsible for promoting Chester to the wider world, insist it has rightfully earned its place as one of the "prettiest" cities in Europe.

The North West city beat both Venice and Prague, in a survey of American tourists by the USA Today newspaper.

Marketing chiefs say it is "no real surprise":

From Roman times people have been drawn to Chester. Today people come here for romance and relaxation because we offer the wonderful combination of natural beauty with the River Dee and the meadows and a lively historic centre with our unique shopping 'Rows' and Roman walls. There is literally nowhere quite like it.

– Katrina Michel, Marketing Cheshire

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Your Views: Is Chester "prettier" than Venice?

An online poll of American tourists has rated Chester as a "prettier" European destination than Venice.

The survey, by the USA Today newspaper, also sees the North West city outrank the Czech capital Prague by one place.

We asked for your tweets on whether Chester wins in the beauty stakes.

Here are some of them.

Went to Venice last year. More like Blackpool without rides. Tacky and packed with tourists. No contest with Chester.

– @grumpychester

Been to them both. I think Chester has the edge, only because I was not offered pigs knees and cabbage at every turn.

– @oafaaftooth

Ha Ha Hah. No.

– @DanStatham

Chester "prettier" than Venice

Chester City Centre Credit: ITV

Chester is the fifth "prettiest" city in Europe, according to an American newspaper.

USA Today asked its readers to vote for the continent's most attractive destinations.

The result says the North West city is more attractive than both Venice and Prague.

Prague ranks only 6th in the survey Credit: PA

The paper says of Chester: "Roman walls surround a charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings, and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops. It's reminiscent of a Grimm tale."

Even Venice's Bridge of Sighs could not apparently top that.

Venice, beaten into 9th in the survey Credit: PA

You can read more about USA Today's survey here.

Heatwave boosts Blackpool tourism

Blackpool tourism boost Credit: ITV

Tourism bosses in Blackpool say business is booming thanks to the heatwave.

Sales of special passes to many attractions are up 200 per cent, and many B&Bs are fully booked.

Hoteliers say the good weather has persuaded substantial numbers of day trippers to stay overnight in the town.

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