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Margate gets on its bike to launch new rickshaw service

Now, hopefully the warmer weather's on its way in the next few months. So the tourist season will soon be upon us and businesses are gearing up all over the region for a bumper season.

In one Kent seaside resort they're already getting on their bikes to make sure it's a summer to remember. Andrea Thomas explains. She talked to rickshaw operator Geoff Spencer and cafe owner Jean Beswick.

Margate: the Edge of Heaven?

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Much has been done to promote tourism in Kent over the years but just as Gavin and Stacey did for Barry Island in Wales, it's thought a brand new sitcom could boost visitor numbers to our very own seaside hotspot - Margate.

ITV's "Edge of Heaven" is all about a bed-and-breakfast in the town. And despite some terrible weather during filming, it's hoped the show will help to promote the whole Thanet area to a new audience.

David Johns explains, talking to house owner David Mossman, property manager Kelly Whiting, shopkeeper Tracey Ruskin, runner Ian Lockyear, Councillor Iris Johnston from Thanet Council, and Film Liaison Officer Sharon Kelley.

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Stonehenge bosses respond to criticism that its new visitor centre can't cope with high tourist numbers

by Robert Murphy

The new visitor centre at Stonehenge has come in for heavy criticism from some tourists who are claiming that being at the centre - which opened last month - is chaotic because of long delays and severe overcrowding.

Some of the complaints about the experience include reports of visitors queuing for more than an hour to board the 'land train' which carries people from the centre to the stones. The journey of a mile-and-a-half takes just ten minutes.

Managers have said that the majority of feedback has been positive. They say that they are trying to address the problems. Robert Murphy reports.

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Weymouth Pavilion & Tourist Information to close

Weymouth Borough Council is inviting community groups to take over the building after it closes Credit: ITV News West Country

Weymouth Pavilion is to close at the end of May along with the town's tourist information centre, putting around 20 jobs at risk.

The borough council voted unanimously to shut the theatre at a meeting last night as part of cost-saving measures.

The authority is inviting community groups to take over the building in an effort to secure its future.

£3.50 an hr: Fears parking charges drive tourists away

It's feared a hike in car park prices at one of the South's busiest seaside resorts has resulted in a drop in tourists. A report is expected to reveal the money made from pay and display machines in Brighton is down by around £700,000.

Today motorists said the charges have been putting them off visiting the city. Charlotte Wilkins reports.

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