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Trafford And Salford Are 'Tourist Hotspots'

Trip Advisor throws up some unlikely favourites

Written by . Published on December 8th 2011.

Trafford And Salford Are 'Tourist Hotspots'

TRAFFORD and Salford have made it into a new top ten list of new tourist hotspots.

A Trip Advisor list of places featuring Europe's fastest-growing tourist destinations in 2011 included the two Greater Manchester boroughs, as well as Warrington in Cheshire.

"These destinations may not all be the most obvious tourist hotspots, but for one reason or another they've sparked rapidly rising traveller attention this year."

Trafford is the home of Manchester United, Lancashire County Cricket Club and the Trafford Centre, whereas Salford has seen an increase in its profile thanks to the development of Peel's MediaCity on Salford Quays, which also borders Trafford.

Trafford Council deputy leader Alex Williams said: "This latest recognition reinforces the fact that, whether it is our internationally recognised sporting pedigree, including the world famous Old Trafford Football Club and Old Trafford cricket grounds, our rich mix of cultural, leisure and shopping opportunities or our outstanding parks and green spaces including Dunham Massey, Trafford really does have something for everyone.

"2012 is a huge year.  Not only will Trafford be hosting the Greater Manchester Marathon in the borough, but Trafford is also a host borough for the London 2012 Olympic games.  Nine of the football matches will take place here.

"Following on, 2013 sees the return of The Ashes to Lancashire County Cricket Club, currently undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration.

"With the on-going development of The Quays area, the continuing popularity of the award-winning Imperial War Museum North, and our excellent, attractive town and village centres, Trafford is a tourist destination for all seasons and all ages."

TripAdvisor spokesperson Emma Shaw said: "These destinations may not all be the most obvious tourist hotspots, but for one reason or another they've sparked rapidly rising traveller attention this year.

"It's likely we can attribute much of this spike in traffic to increased interest generally in the UK as excitement builds around next year's Olympics."

The list was based on year-on-year increases in searches on TripAdvisor sites, and is as follows:

1. Ilford, east London

2. Valras-Plage, France

3. Trafford, Greater Manchester

4. Tamworth, Staffordshire

5. Brandon, Suffolk

6. Yalta, Ukraine

7. Salford, Greater Manchester

8. Warrington, Cheshire

9. Warminster, Wiltshire

10.Hounslow, west London 

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David in CheshireDecember 8th 2011.

Golly. Warrington. I live in Warrington (don't worry - I work in Manchester) and I'm not sure what there is here for tourists. We have three quite interesting Victorian swing bridges over the Ship Canal; Manchester welded its own swing bridge into the "car" position. There's the Golden Gates. Ummmmmmmmmm ......

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