Posted 14 August 2011 by Andrew Gardner
I have begun thinking about our friends who will be visiting from overseas between now and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. I read a statistic very recently via Facebook that there are approximately 43 million US citizens aged between 35 and 60 who either already do or have shown an interest in taking their vacation in the United Kingdom.
As we build towards next summer I wonder how many will actually make the journey across. It will be interesting to see whether the impact of the Olympics is limited to just the period of the games or whether its influence will go beyond that and we see a growth in tourism over a much broader period as a result.
I hope and anticipate the latter will be the case and expect London and the South of England to be favourite holiday destinations for our overseas friends.
Of course London will be the net recipient of the build up to the Olympic Games, however our proximity to the capital and the fact we have the nearest national park here in Sussex allows many US and overseas visitors to easily split their programme and enjoy history and culture here in Sussex. Something we know is very important to many.
Okay so what is our history? In East Sussex the most famous has to be Battle Abbey, 1066 perhaps being the most famous date in English history. Nearby Pevensey Castle marked the landing point of William the Conqueror's army. Come up to date a little and Bodiam Castle is one of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain. Its ramparts rise dramatically from the moat, a classic English sight and today a significant National Trust property.
I will very shortly take a look at some classic English houses. In the meantime take a look at some classic Sussex holiday accommodation!