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Bournemouth - Much More Than Sand Castles and Deck Chairs

August 2007

To many Bournemouth is still seen as the typical British beach resort offering families the perfect chance to enjoy the area’s golden beaches with an ice cream or two whilst staying in one of the area’s wide selection of hotels. The internet revolution though has brought about the opportunity for consumers to make more of their own choices when selecting parts of their holiday such as their accommodation, activities and meals. One part of the tourism industry in Bournemouth that is seeing noticeable growth is the area’s self-catering market as visitors seek the freedom to eat when and where they want and benefit from a diverse range of accommodation to suit a variety of requirements.

In Bournemouth there are over 300 self-catering properties which can be booked for a long weekend or a weekend break and a quick search on the internet will uncover a selection of properties that suit all tastes and budgets. The modern holiday visitor seeks a home-from-home feel which the self-catering product in Bournemouth offers in abundance. Bournemouth is growing as the new self-catering holiday destination with properties often supplying luxuries such as plasma TV’s, hot tubs, swimming pools, saunas, sea views and easy access to the seafront. Combine this with the tourism development in Bournemouth including the Boscombe Artificial Surf Reef, the first of it’s kind in Europe, which is just walking distance from many of the areas holiday properties, and you have the reason why so many people are now choosing Bournemouth for their family holiday.

Situated only 2 ½ hrs drive (the time usually taken to drive to the airport and check in) from Birmingham and London, Bournemouth presents itself as a destination that is conveniently only a short drive for many, and brings with it more benefits than most European destinations. The growth of Bournemouth International Airport has not only encouraged inbound travel from around the UK but also from around Europe, all taking advantage of the low cost flights many of the airlines now offer.

Set in one of the most beautiful parts of southern England, Bournemouth and Poole are justly famous for their seven miles of golden sandy beaches, awarded Blue Flag status meaning they are internationally recognised to be of the highest standard, but there is so much more to the area than the beach. Bournemouth itself now has many identities and whilst supplying the traditional sand castle and deck chair resort, it now provides a host of award-winning restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres, museums and cinemas, as well as countless attractions and places of interest. All of which are located in an area that enjoys the UK’s best weather and warmest temperatures.

With its ponies, protected natural beauty and thousand years of history, the New Forest is Bournemouth’s back yard and for those of you of a literary bent, Thomas Hardy country is just a few miles away (Bournemouth being Hardy’s Sandbourne). Add to that the National Trust sanctuary of Poole’s Brownsea Island and the historic charms of Christchurch with its famous Priory and you can begin to see why more and more people are selecting Bournemouth as the perfect resort to spend their holiday and all can be arranged and booked online with just a few clicks of your mouse.

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