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    Stonehenge makes a surplus of �4.6m

    John Penrose answered a written question in the House yesterday about the finances of Stonehenge. In 2010/11 it cost �2,490,900 to run Stonehenge against revenues of �7,173,582 a surplus of �4,682,682 – a big contribution to the funding of English Heritage. See Hansard Please follow and like us:

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    Might the legacy of the media coverage of the wedding be bigger than that of the Olympics?

    The Royal Wedding is becoming a major international media event, a major opportunity to market London for tourism. Mark Di-Toro a spokesman for VisitBritain is reported in The Times (23 April 2011) as having predicted �50m of tourist spend in one day, based on a normal day of 500,000 tourists in London plus 600,000 additional tourists for the wedding. Visit Britain is using the wedding as a springboard for a �100m global marketing campaign starting with the wedding, running on through the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. VisitBritain is forecasting an extra �2billion for the British economic and 50,000 extra jobs. I would not be surprised if the legacy of…

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    Gap �year volunteers are charged thousands for �pointless� projects.

    Mark Bridge has written in The Times Money Section today under the headline �Gap �year volunteers are charged thousands for �pointless� projects. It is surprising that there has been so little critical coverage of the sale of volunteering holidays in the travel pages, when the criticism comes, it is over more than a page in the main section of The Times.  Travel journalists should do a great deal more to help prospective volunteers make informed choices. The criticism, based on comments from Dr Kate Simpson of ethicalvolunteering.org; an insider at Real Gap Experience (owned by TUI), and from Peter Bishop at Tourism Concern asserts that �    There are significant mark…

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