Tour de France tourist boom is proving right

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: ** FILE ** View of the Tour de France cycling race's official logo logo, photographed on the Tour de France registration podium, prior to the 4th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race between Huy, Belgium, and Saint-Quentin, northern France, i ** FILE ** View of the Tour de France cycling race's official logo logo, photographed on the Tour de France registration podium, prior to the 4th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race between Huy, Belgium, and Saint-Quentin, northern France, i

The predicted tourist boom prompted by the Tour de France is right on track, say hoteliers, guest house owners and event organisers across the district.

From the heart of Bradford to the delights of the Dales the area has filled up with bookings either made well in advance or during a late surge of interest in the start of the world's most famous cycle race.

At the city centre Great Victoria Hotel, sales and marketing manager Daniel Greenwood said they had a boost in guest numbers for the coming weekend.

"We've definitely noticed a strengthening of bookings compared to last year, it's very encouraging," he said.

Events sales manager at the Midland Hotel, Kate Shepherd said there had been a sudden rush of late callers: "We've had a real influx of bookings just recently, she said.

And at the Bradford Hotel, formally the Hilton, events co-ordinator Ben Stickland described the coming weekend as "very busy" due to arriving cycling fans.

At the other end of the spectrum, camping and caravanning sites have been inundated and many such as Ilkley Rugby Club are already full.

But Ilkley town councillor Brian Websdale, who heads its Tour de France group, said there was still room for more visitors:

"It has certainly really picked up in the last week and some campsites such as the rugby club, are full.

"Hotels in the town have also seen an uptake although there are still some places with space, particularly the smaller independent campsites along the route. It's going to be great."

Keighley Cougars Rugby League club chairman Gary Fawcett said bookings had leapt last weekend.

"We're delighted. People have obviously thought - better get it done - and so we're now up to 300 campers which is just where we want to be," he said.

A Caravan and Camping Club spokesman said bookings in its sites along the routes were up by 300 per cent on the previous year.

In Haworth, Claire Collen at the Bridge House bed and breakfast on Bridgehouse Lane said they had been fully booked for a year in advance and other small guesthouses in the famous village told the same story.

Former television presenter Christa Ackroyd, who runs Brook House bed and breakfast at Ogden Water, said the Friday and Saturday nights had been booked from the moment the TdF route was announced, although she still had space on the Sunday.

"People can walk over the fields to Oxenhope to watch the race and it will be the best advert in the world for the drama of our West Yorkshire landscape," she said.

Across Yorkshire, Leeds Hotels and Venues Association says 90 per cent of rooms are booked and Hospitality Sheffield has 75 per cent of city centre rooms booked.

Destination Harrogate says the town is full to capacity and the York Hotelier’s Association only suggests ‘pockets of availability’.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "The feedback we are getting is that many places are fully booked or close to capacity due to the high demand and number of people we're expecting to watch Yorkshire's Grand Départ.

"However it's not too late for people still wanting to come, but the message is act fast.

"For some time, we've been encouraging everyone to plan ahead, pick their spot and arrive a day or two early to enjoy the race, the atmosphere and Yorkshire.

"There's a huge amount of information for spectators available on our website with everything from road closures and race timings to maps and places to eat, drink and stay.

"This will be a moment in history and a weekend people will never forget and Yorkshire is ready and waiting to welcome the world."

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9:07am Tue 1 Jul 14

bluebluerobin says...

Le Tour is the biggest sporting event in Europe so people were bound to come and watch it. The question has to be what has Cllr. Hinchcliffe and the Labour Group done to monetize this event and make sure that Bradford maximises the benefits?

The answer appears to be very little. No special events. No publicity blitz on our few tourists draws. All the effort seems to have gone on decorating the route. Fine, but that doesn't put cash in our traders pockets.

Another missed opportunity. And this time by a mile.
Le Tour is the biggest sporting event in Europe so people were bound to come and watch it. The question has to be what has Cllr. Hinchcliffe and the Labour Group done to monetize this event and make sure that Bradford maximises the benefits? The answer appears to be very little. No special events. No publicity blitz on our few tourists draws. All the effort seems to have gone on decorating the route. Fine, but that doesn't put cash in our traders pockets. Another missed opportunity. And this time by a mile. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 34

9:13am Tue 1 Jul 14

izzystillbreathing says...

City Hall has shown remarkably little commitment to this eventl, but it was always suspected that since it clashes with Ramadan it would be played down.

Given the choice between making our mark on the European stage or following some dark ages superstition, Bradford decided to live in the dark ages. God (or should that be Allah) help us. The place is doomed.
City Hall has shown remarkably little commitment to this eventl, but it was always suspected that since it clashes with Ramadan it would be played down. Given the choice between making our mark on the European stage or following some dark ages superstition, Bradford decided to live in the dark ages. God (or should that be Allah) help us. The place is doomed. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 41

9:24am Tue 1 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: -26

9:26am Tue 1 Jul 14

Grumpygirl says...

The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need.

What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.
The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need. What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 33

9:46am Tue 1 Jul 14

i'dliketosay says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
City Hall has shown remarkably little commitment to this eventl, but it was always suspected that since it clashes with Ramadan it would be played down.

Given the choice between making our mark on the European stage or following some dark ages superstition, Bradford decided to live in the dark ages. God (or should that be Allah) help us. The place is doomed.
What has Ramadan got to do with it??!! Just because Muslims are fasting Bradford can't promote this race?
Any excuse to make racist comments. Keep the name of God out of it.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: City Hall has shown remarkably little commitment to this eventl, but it was always suspected that since it clashes with Ramadan it would be played down. Given the choice between making our mark on the European stage or following some dark ages superstition, Bradford decided to live in the dark ages. God (or should that be Allah) help us. The place is doomed.[/p][/quote]What has Ramadan got to do with it??!! Just because Muslims are fasting Bradford can't promote this race? Any excuse to make racist comments. Keep the name of God out of it. i'dliketosay
  • Score: -22

10:55am Tue 1 Jul 14

Albion. says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
City Hall has shown remarkably little commitment to this eventl, but it was always suspected that since it clashes with Ramadan it would be played down.

Given the choice between making our mark on the European stage or following some dark ages superstition, Bradford decided to live in the dark ages. God (or should that be Allah) help us. The place is doomed.
Excellent!
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: City Hall has shown remarkably little commitment to this eventl, but it was always suspected that since it clashes with Ramadan it would be played down. Given the choice between making our mark on the European stage or following some dark ages superstition, Bradford decided to live in the dark ages. God (or should that be Allah) help us. The place is doomed.[/p][/quote]Excellent! Albion.
  • Score: 29

11:19am Tue 1 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Very well put. I think it's great that we're attracting international media, attention and visitors - to our area and, as a proud Yorkshireman, the county. On top of the immediate bump, it should keep visitors coming back year after year.

Hopefully, a spot of good weather will show our countryside off to the best and get some hotels filled up for next year, too. The enthusiasm those on the route have shown in putting up bunting, jerseys, displays etc should really be commended and will show off one of our greatest assets: the people.

On that last note, did you see the piece in The Independent on Gary Verity of Welcome 2 Yorks? Well worth a read - makes you (even more) proud to be from Yorkshire.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Very well put. I think it's great that we're attracting international media, attention and visitors - to our area and, as a proud Yorkshireman, the county. On top of the immediate bump, it should keep visitors coming back year after year. Hopefully, a spot of good weather will show our countryside off to the best and get some hotels filled up for next year, too. The enthusiasm those on the route have shown in putting up bunting, jerseys, displays etc should really be commended and will show off one of our greatest assets: the people. On that last note, did you see the piece in The Independent on Gary Verity of Welcome 2 Yorks? Well worth a read - makes you (even more) proud to be from Yorkshire. JAtkinson
  • Score: -13

11:39am Tue 1 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Cut and paste posting now bcfc? Must be a really busy morning in the Council press office.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Cut and paste posting now bcfc? Must be a really busy morning in the Council press office. FinlandStation
  • Score: 25

11:59am Tue 1 Jul 14

gouldengirl says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford? gouldengirl
  • Score: 27

12:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
Would you buy a factory site off a person with earrings? You can’t conduct business negotiations dressed like that. The man is an embarrassment to this city and is holding it back. Socialists are total fools.
[quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]Would you buy a factory site off a person with earrings? You can’t conduct business negotiations dressed like that. The man is an embarrassment to this city and is holding it back. Socialists are total fools. pcmanners
  • Score: 29

12:24pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Albion. says...

pcmanners wrote:
gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
Would you buy a factory site off a person with earrings? You can’t conduct business negotiations dressed like that. The man is an embarrassment to this city and is holding it back. Socialists are total fools.
Whether he is an embarrassment or not, the fact that he has earrings or whatever, shouldn't enter into it. Potential buyers would employ experts to look at the deal and if necessary tweak it.
Back on topic. I'll be pleased when next weekend is over, but I don't begrudge anyone making a few bob out of it.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]Would you buy a factory site off a person with earrings? You can’t conduct business negotiations dressed like that. The man is an embarrassment to this city and is holding it back. Socialists are total fools.[/p][/quote]Whether he is an embarrassment or not, the fact that he has earrings or whatever, shouldn't enter into it. Potential buyers would employ experts to look at the deal and if necessary tweak it. Back on topic. I'll be pleased when next weekend is over, but I don't begrudge anyone making a few bob out of it. Albion.
  • Score: -2

12:30pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need.

What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.
Bradford doesn't want selling,it wants bombing.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need. What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.[/p][/quote]Bradford doesn't want selling,it wants bombing. Out of site
  • Score: 20

12:35pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Bantamzen says...

Meanwhile, in an alternate universe the T&A reports that Bradford Council have been promoting the event for months & even set up a special department to handle it.

The comments section fills up with people complaining that it's a waste of council tax payer's money and the money spent on promoting it could have been used elsewhere, after all it's just a bunch if cyclists riding through the region....

Bradford does love a good moan. If only it became an international sport, we could host the world finals each year & our locally grown professional moaners could trounce the opposition each time...
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe the T&A reports that Bradford Council have been promoting the event for months & even set up a special department to handle it. The comments section fills up with people complaining that it's a waste of council tax payer's money and the money spent on promoting it could have been used elsewhere, after all it's just a bunch if cyclists riding through the region.... Bradford does love a good moan. If only it became an international sport, we could host the world finals each year & our locally grown professional moaners could trounce the opposition each time... Bantamzen
  • Score: -3

12:55pm Tue 1 Jul 14

baildongreen says...

gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.
[quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on. baildongreen
  • Score: 14

12:58pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

JAtkinson wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Very well put. I think it's great that we're attracting international media, attention and visitors - to our area and, as a proud Yorkshireman, the county. On top of the immediate bump, it should keep visitors coming back year after year.

Hopefully, a spot of good weather will show our countryside off to the best and get some hotels filled up for next year, too. The enthusiasm those on the route have shown in putting up bunting, jerseys, displays etc should really be commended and will show off one of our greatest assets: the people.

On that last note, did you see the piece in The Independent on Gary Verity of Welcome 2 Yorks? Well worth a read - makes you (even more) proud to be from Yorkshire.
No, I haven't read the Independent piece on Gary but have been pretty impressed with what he did regarding the tour and indeed recently at the Bradford Means Business awards. I believe that tourists to Yorkshire and Bradford have increased greatly during Gary's tenure in his job building tourism in Yorkshire and of course Bradford Council have also played a not insignificant part in increasing those figures in regards to Bradford.

Loving the Eiffel tower someone has errected in Burley in Wharfdale, excellent effort!!!!!

I'm sure that quite a few of the tour tourists will not only check out Bradford's tourist destinations but also as you say keep them coming back for more.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Very well put. I think it's great that we're attracting international media, attention and visitors - to our area and, as a proud Yorkshireman, the county. On top of the immediate bump, it should keep visitors coming back year after year. Hopefully, a spot of good weather will show our countryside off to the best and get some hotels filled up for next year, too. The enthusiasm those on the route have shown in putting up bunting, jerseys, displays etc should really be commended and will show off one of our greatest assets: the people. On that last note, did you see the piece in The Independent on Gary Verity of Welcome 2 Yorks? Well worth a read - makes you (even more) proud to be from Yorkshire.[/p][/quote]No, I haven't read the Independent piece on Gary but have been pretty impressed with what he did regarding the tour and indeed recently at the Bradford Means Business awards. I believe that tourists to Yorkshire and Bradford have increased greatly during Gary's tenure in his job building tourism in Yorkshire and of course Bradford Council have also played a not insignificant part in increasing those figures in regards to Bradford. Loving the Eiffel tower someone has errected in Burley in Wharfdale, excellent effort!!!!! I'm sure that quite a few of the tour tourists will not only check out Bradford's tourist destinations but also as you say keep them coming back for more. bcfc1903
  • Score: -19

1:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

piltdownman says...

Bantamzen wrote:
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe the T&A reports that Bradford Council have been promoting the event for months & even set up a special department to handle it.

The comments section fills up with people complaining that it's a waste of council tax payer's money and the money spent on promoting it could have been used elsewhere, after all it's just a bunch if cyclists riding through the region....

Bradford does love a good moan. If only it became an international sport, we could host the world finals each year & our locally grown professional moaners could trounce the opposition each time...
I must admit that apart from raking in the accommodation cash, – and that was always a given --, the Council doesn’t seem to have done much apart from put out a bit of bunting here and there.
[quote][p][bold]Bantamzen[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile, in an alternate universe the T&A reports that Bradford Council have been promoting the event for months & even set up a special department to handle it. The comments section fills up with people complaining that it's a waste of council tax payer's money and the money spent on promoting it could have been used elsewhere, after all it's just a bunch if cyclists riding through the region.... Bradford does love a good moan. If only it became an international sport, we could host the world finals each year & our locally grown professional moaners could trounce the opposition each time...[/p][/quote]I must admit that apart from raking in the accommodation cash, – and that was always a given --, the Council doesn’t seem to have done much apart from put out a bit of bunting here and there. piltdownman
  • Score: 18

1:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

sunnysidedown says...

Bantamzen wrote:
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe the T&A reports that Bradford Council have been promoting the event for months & even set up a special department to handle it.

The comments section fills up with people complaining that it's a waste of council tax payer's money and the money spent on promoting it could have been used elsewhere, after all it's just a bunch if cyclists riding through the region....

Bradford does love a good moan. If only it became an international sport, we could host the world finals each year & our locally grown professional moaners could trounce the opposition each time...
I read about the special department, but we don’t seem to have got much for their efforts. City Hall’s response has been muted and lacklustre. But that’s about par for the course and one of the reasons Bradford’s in the mess it is.
[quote][p][bold]Bantamzen[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile, in an alternate universe the T&A reports that Bradford Council have been promoting the event for months & even set up a special department to handle it. The comments section fills up with people complaining that it's a waste of council tax payer's money and the money spent on promoting it could have been used elsewhere, after all it's just a bunch if cyclists riding through the region.... Bradford does love a good moan. If only it became an international sport, we could host the world finals each year & our locally grown professional moaners could trounce the opposition each time...[/p][/quote]I read about the special department, but we don’t seem to have got much for their efforts. City Hall’s response has been muted and lacklustre. But that’s about par for the course and one of the reasons Bradford’s in the mess it is. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 19

1:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Cut and paste posting now bcfc? Must be a really busy morning in the Council press office.
Don't you mean the Forest Green Rovers Ramblers Association?
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Cut and paste posting now bcfc? Must be a really busy morning in the Council press office.[/p][/quote]Don't you mean the Forest Green Rovers Ramblers Association? bcfc1903
  • Score: -17

1:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
What question, I simply made a comment on the T&A piece above.
[quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]What question, I simply made a comment on the T&A piece above. bcfc1903
  • Score: -17

3:53pm Tue 1 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
What question, I simply made a comment on the T&A piece above.
Only a Council employee would nit pick like that.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]What question, I simply made a comment on the T&A piece above.[/p][/quote]Only a Council employee would nit pick like that. FinlandStation
  • Score: 14

4:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 12

5:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

baildongreen wrote:
gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.
You've never mentioned this Buck Lane business before, what's it all about then?
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.[/p][/quote]You've never mentioned this Buck Lane business before, what's it all about then? linebacker2
  • Score: -1

6:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

baildongreen says...

linebacker2 wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.
You've never mentioned this Buck Lane business before, what's it all about then?
Oh, hi linebacker.

Coun Green’s Producer City scenario calls for an extra 2000, mostly hi tech jobs, a year for the next ten years. On present form Buck Lane (as the most recent exemplar) will support 200 jobs on 10 acres, so City Hall is looking for 100 acres a year, or 1000 over the ten years.

And if you can just shelve your well understood points about Nimbys for a second: Coun Green and his developer friends have made it clear that they believe that hi tech companies will only relocate onto greenfield sites. So City Hall have to find 1000 acres of greenfield in addition to the 800 – 900 needed for Coun Slater’s house building schemes. A lot of what’s left of Bradford is just about to get concreted over.

The thought was that Coun Green could use following the Tour to earmark the next set of fields due for development.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.[/p][/quote]You've never mentioned this Buck Lane business before, what's it all about then?[/p][/quote]Oh, hi linebacker. Coun Green’s Producer City scenario calls for an extra 2000, mostly hi tech jobs, a year for the next ten years. On present form Buck Lane (as the most recent exemplar) will support 200 jobs on 10 acres, so City Hall is looking for 100 acres a year, or 1000 over the ten years. And if you can just shelve your well understood points about Nimbys for a second: Coun Green and his developer friends have made it clear that they believe that hi tech companies will only relocate onto greenfield sites. So City Hall have to find 1000 acres of greenfield in addition to the 800 – 900 needed for Coun Slater’s house building schemes. A lot of what’s left of Bradford is just about to get concreted over. The thought was that Coun Green could use following the Tour to earmark the next set of fields due for development. baildongreen
  • Score: 8

7:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

baildongreen wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.
You've never mentioned this Buck Lane business before, what's it all about then?
Oh, hi linebacker.

Coun Green’s Producer City scenario calls for an extra 2000, mostly hi tech jobs, a year for the next ten years. On present form Buck Lane (as the most recent exemplar) will support 200 jobs on 10 acres, so City Hall is looking for 100 acres a year, or 1000 over the ten years.

And if you can just shelve your well understood points about Nimbys for a second: Coun Green and his developer friends have made it clear that they believe that hi tech companies will only relocate onto greenfield sites. So City Hall have to find 1000 acres of greenfield in addition to the 800 – 900 needed for Coun Slater’s house building schemes. A lot of what’s left of Bradford is just about to get concreted over.

The thought was that Coun Green could use following the Tour to earmark the next set of fields due for development.
Let's take the emotive phrase "concreted over" for a second. Even on new build housing most of the space is still green as the footprint of housing and roads doesn't cover the whole space. On top of this most gardens have more bio-diversity than farmland, most farmland in Britain is intensively grown monoculture with a cocktail of chemicals sprayed on for good measure. Many of these chemicals then go on to pollute the water table - not really green in my book.

Assume your figure of 1900 acres is correct - that's around 2% of the district. Hardly noticable and to a large extent it's catching up with a previous dearth of building - new housebuilds have been lowest for decades and we're now playing catch up...
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]Quite so. An unrivalled opportunity missed. The bikes will be going past lots of the green fields that Cllr. Green wants to put another of his Buck Lanes on.[/p][/quote]You've never mentioned this Buck Lane business before, what's it all about then?[/p][/quote]Oh, hi linebacker. Coun Green’s Producer City scenario calls for an extra 2000, mostly hi tech jobs, a year for the next ten years. On present form Buck Lane (as the most recent exemplar) will support 200 jobs on 10 acres, so City Hall is looking for 100 acres a year, or 1000 over the ten years. And if you can just shelve your well understood points about Nimbys for a second: Coun Green and his developer friends have made it clear that they believe that hi tech companies will only relocate onto greenfield sites. So City Hall have to find 1000 acres of greenfield in addition to the 800 – 900 needed for Coun Slater’s house building schemes. A lot of what’s left of Bradford is just about to get concreted over. The thought was that Coun Green could use following the Tour to earmark the next set of fields due for development.[/p][/quote]Let's take the emotive phrase "concreted over" for a second. Even on new build housing most of the space is still green as the footprint of housing and roads doesn't cover the whole space. On top of this most gardens have more bio-diversity than farmland, most farmland in Britain is intensively grown monoculture with a cocktail of chemicals sprayed on for good measure. Many of these chemicals then go on to pollute the water table - not really green in my book. Assume your figure of 1900 acres is correct - that's around 2% of the district. Hardly noticable and to a large extent it's catching up with a previous dearth of building - new housebuilds have been lowest for decades and we're now playing catch up... linebacker2
  • Score: -6

7:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
gouldengirl wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come.

The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball.

More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?
What question, I simply made a comment on the T&A piece above.
Only a Council employee would nit pick like that.
Yes you've got me, we at Leeds City Council love to come on the T&A website and have a laugh.
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]I’m not sure why you’re congratulating yourself. The tourists were bound to come. The question being asked is whether Bradford has taken maximum advantage of this opportunity. The answer is no. Where, for instance, is the media Museum exhibition of cycling photographs with a special screening of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (say); where is the exhibition of cycling routes in and around Bradford, where are the Le Curry Tours? etc. Cllr. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford have dropped the ball. More importantly why isn’t Cllr. Green using the Tour to offer corporate hospitality to companies he wants to invest in Bradford?[/p][/quote]What question, I simply made a comment on the T&A piece above.[/p][/quote]Only a Council employee would nit pick like that.[/p][/quote]Yes you've got me, we at Leeds City Council love to come on the T&A website and have a laugh. bcfc1903
  • Score: -11

7:32pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.[/p][/quote]I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District. bcfc1903
  • Score: -5

9:03pm Tue 1 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.
You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.[/p][/quote]I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.[/p][/quote]You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across. FinlandStation
  • Score: 6

9:45pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mixter says...

Le Tour is not going within 10 miles of Bradford (City). It may well be in the area - Keighley/ Haworth/Silsden, but these places do not see themselves as having anything to do with 'Bradford', apart from it being the place that swipes their monthly rates money.
Its no surprise the 'City' itself is less than enthusiastic. I expect interested 'Bradford' folk will gravitate towards where the action is, come the time.
Le Tour is not going within 10 miles of Bradford (City). It may well be in the area - Keighley/ Haworth/Silsden, but these places do not see themselves as having anything to do with 'Bradford', apart from it being the place that swipes their monthly rates money. Its no surprise the 'City' itself is less than enthusiastic. I expect interested 'Bradford' folk will gravitate towards where the action is, come the time. Mixter
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Tue 1 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.
You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.
I think it's good to have at least one person wading against the open sewage outlet that it the usual fare of Das Kommentors on T&A. Well done bcfc1903 for sticking up for where we live and showing us it's not the Gomorrah some would have us believe. Good work - keep it up!
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.[/p][/quote]I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.[/p][/quote]You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.[/p][/quote]I think it's good to have at least one person wading against the open sewage outlet that it the usual fare of Das Kommentors on T&A. Well done bcfc1903 for sticking up for where we live and showing us it's not the Gomorrah some would have us believe. Good work - keep it up! JAtkinson
  • Score: -1

8:57am Wed 2 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.
You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.
Thanks, coming from experts in this field like yourself, I'll take that as a compliment. ....Council, Hinchcliffe, pot kettle black :-)
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.[/p][/quote]I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.[/p][/quote]You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.[/p][/quote]Thanks, coming from experts in this field like yourself, I'll take that as a compliment. ....Council, Hinchcliffe, pot kettle black :-) bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

9:01am Wed 2 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

JAtkinson wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.
You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.
I think it's good to have at least one person wading against the open sewage outlet that it the usual fare of Das Kommentors on T&A. Well done bcfc1903 for sticking up for where we live and showing us it's not the Gomorrah some would have us believe. Good work - keep it up!
Thanks JAtkinson.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.[/p][/quote]I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.[/p][/quote]You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.[/p][/quote]I think it's good to have at least one person wading against the open sewage outlet that it the usual fare of Das Kommentors on T&A. Well done bcfc1903 for sticking up for where we live and showing us it's not the Gomorrah some would have us believe. Good work - keep it up![/p][/quote]Thanks JAtkinson. bcfc1903
  • Score: -1

6:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bingleybantam says...

Why would the council be interested in promoting the area that the Tour visits? They are in not in the BD3 & BD8, so they couldn't care less.

The only time the council is interested in the Aire, Wharfedale & Worth Valley areas is when they want to encourage builders to concrete over the green belt in return for more tax to waste on the inner city areas.

Glad they haven't done anything, they would have only cocked it up!
Why would the council be interested in promoting the area that the Tour visits? They are in not in the BD3 & BD8, so they couldn't care less. The only time the council is interested in the Aire, Wharfedale & Worth Valley areas is when they want to encourage builders to concrete over the green belt in return for more tax to waste on the inner city areas. Glad they haven't done anything, they would have only cocked it up! bingleybantam
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!!
Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do?

Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.
I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.
You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.
I think it's good to have at least one person wading against the open sewage outlet that it the usual fare of Das Kommentors on T&A. Well done bcfc1903 for sticking up for where we live and showing us it's not the Gomorrah some would have us believe. Good work - keep it up!
Thanks JAtkinson.
bump
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news indeed. Hoped that this would be the case regarding hotel and camp site bookings in Bradford, great to see that these extra bookings have materialised. I'm quite sure the many attractions in Bradford such as the Media Museum, City Park , The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage will also see increased numbers this week running up to the tour starting. It's all good!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes bcfc, we all hope that the tourists will visit our attractions: but what has the Council, Cllr. Hinchcliffe, and Visit Bradford been doing to ensure that they do? Just by looking around you can see that not a lot, if anything, has been done apart from decorating the roadsides. Where are all the specially themed events and targeted publicity? I also agree with gouldengirl above, City Hall has done nothing to lever this event to sell Bradford as a business destination. It’s a criminal waste of a golden opportunity.[/p][/quote]I'm loving the Eiffel Tower in Burley, that really is a fantastic tribute to the tour passing by. I fancy Ilkley will be coining the cash in from mid week onwards and I would imagine the same can be said of other places in Bradford such as the Media Museum, The Alhambra, the World Heritage site in Saltaire and the Bronte Parsonage along with the various hotels and camp sites around Bradford and District.[/p][/quote]You're ) a stuck record, b) easily pleased, c) the most boring conversationalist I've ever come across.[/p][/quote]I think it's good to have at least one person wading against the open sewage outlet that it the usual fare of Das Kommentors on T&A. Well done bcfc1903 for sticking up for where we live and showing us it's not the Gomorrah some would have us believe. Good work - keep it up![/p][/quote]Thanks JAtkinson.[/p][/quote]bump bcfc1903
  • Score: -3

7:36pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Out of site wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need.

What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.
Bradford doesn't want selling,it wants bombing.
I'm sure some of the residents would be only too happy to oblige ;)
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need. What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.[/p][/quote]Bradford doesn't want selling,it wants bombing.[/p][/quote]I'm sure some of the residents would be only too happy to oblige ;) Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Mon 7 Jul 14

hx3bantam says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need.

What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.
We have a Winner! The dumbest post I've ever read on any forum EVER! Well Done!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: The punters were bound to come because it's Le Tour. That's a given, what should also have been a given was a massive publicity effort to sell Bradford and use it as a tool to attract the inward investment we so desperately need. What a missed opportunity! A few feeble efforts from Visit Bradford and nothing much from Cllr. Hinchcliffe. Even when Bradford is handed a gift like this City Hall fails to make the most of it. It's inexplicable, unless it's this ramadan thing.[/p][/quote]We have a Winner! The dumbest post I've ever read on any forum EVER! Well Done! hx3bantam
  • Score: 1

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