Fresh tourism ideas

UNDERGROUND and underwater thrills are among attractions at the 2013 Tourism & Events Showcase (TES).
The day is for group and event organisers, coach tour operators and members of the travel trade seeking fresh ideas for days out and short breaks. It takes place on Saturday February 2 at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, near Wakefield.
Visitors will have the chance to tour the museum and see how miners lived from Victorian times to the modern day. They can also take a hard hat and lamp and descend 140 metres on the new underground tour led by ex-miners.
The Yorkshire Magnificent Attractions collection, which receives over nine million visitors every year, will have a strong presence at the show. Members exhibiting include The Deep, Hull's award-winning waterfront aquarium, and English Heritage Yorkshire whose sites take in Clifford's Tower in York and Whitby's dramatic abbey ruins.
Among first-time attractions are Boundary Mill, Skipton Castle, Bolton Abbey, and Yorkshire's Great Castles, Houses and Gardens.
Horticulture fans will also enjoy hearing about RHS Garden Holidays, an exclusive range of escorted tours throughout Europe and beyond. The range has been created by exhibitors Collette Worldwide Holidays, which teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society to choose interesting garden destinations. In the programme is a nine-day trip to Portugal's Gardens and The Azores and an 11-day US holiday, Gardens of American History.
Other features of the show are Yorkshire Coast & Countryside's new group organisers' guide and business tourism portfolio, and York's latest attraction, the Chocolate Story.
Now in its third year, TES pulls in exhibitors from attractions and destinations to accommodation providers and tour operators - TES 2012 attracted around 300 visitors and 80 exhibitors.
Visitor registration and stand booking are now online. Visit

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