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Places to Putin tour itineraries
11:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in Westbury
A group of Russian tour operators and one of the nation’s travel trade journalists have visited Wiltshire for the first time, to take in some of its most popular attractions.
The visit, which was held over two days this month, included trips to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park and Stonehenge. The party enjoyed the accommodation on offer at Bishopstrow House.
As well as visiting the main attractions, the group was given an chance to walk around the market towns of Warminster and Bradford on Avon and see their shops.
The travel party, which included two Russian representatives for VisitBritain, was hosted by VisitWiltshire.
Its task was to decide on places of interest to include in tour operator programmes.
The chief executive of VisitWiltshire, David Andrews, said: “They knew very little about Wiltshire before the visit and it was mainly due to the changes at Longleat and Stonehenge that they were persuaded to come here.
“The visit was mainly focused on family activities, but they were also fascinated by seeing wild deer and rabbits in the countryside and they loved the beautiful views.
“They were really blown away by Longleat and each of the operators brought one of their children along, so they all really enjoyed the safari and the new attractions, such as the Postman Pat village.
“It’s the first step to us entering the Russian market. It was a big coup getting them to come and I have no doubt that they will be putting the attractions in their prog- rammes.”
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