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Dunes to peaks: VisitBritain's new tourism campaign
18/Nov/2014
In a bid to encourage GCC visitors to explore the Great British countryside, VisitBritain, today unveiled the second edition of the "Dunes to Great Britain" marketing campaign today in the UAE. In 2013, the first edition "Dunes to Dales" focused on discovering Manchester and the Yorkshire Dales through 4 GCC nationals who cycled through the Dales. This year, social travel pioneers, Peeta Planet's Mohammed and Peyman AlAwadhi introduce "Dunes to Peaks," which maintains Manchester as an exciting city base and introduces the Peak District, a world-class holiday destination, just a 45-minute drive from Manchester, which offers fabulous countryside holiday experiences.

Mohammed and Peyman AlAwadhi, mentioned: "For many GCC citizens the UK is a top annual destination for personal and family trips. That's why we are very excited to work with Visit Britain on a social travel campaign that showcases a side of the UK most tourists don't realize exists, and play a role in strengthening the tourism ties between both regions.

"We traveled west to Manchester and the Peak District to see the many attractions the area had to offer. It's one thing to hear about our adventures and another to actually see it. That's why we created a series of videos of all the places we visited, food we ate, people we met and the exciting things we did.

"With travel between both regions being as easy and convenient as it is today, we hope our Visit Britain series inspires more Gulf Nationals and their families to experience the GREAT diversity that the UK has to offer its visitors. There's something for everyone and we hope you try something a little different on your next trip!"

The brothers experienced a variety of different activities that proved both exciting and gave them a fresh perspective to what Britain had to offer. From shopping at Trafford Centre, exploring one of Manchester's most exciting kids attractions; the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre to going behind the scenes at Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, home of football rivals Manchester United and Manchester City respectively, Manchester definitely beat all their expectations.

The Peaks District was none the less, the highlight of the trip. Sat high up in a 1929 vintage car was the ideal way to show off the picturesque views of the British countryside. Attractions such as fly fishing and the award-winning Go Ape! High wire forest course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides in the trees got their adrenaline going, and definitely appealed to their senses was their visit to the town of Bakewell its deliciously infamous Bakewell Pudding.

Their entire adventure is captured on the newly launched Arabic version of VisitBritain's award-winning website, lovewall.visitbritain.com. GCC residents also stand a chance to win a 'Dunes to Peaks' experience by entering the competition on http://www.visitbritain.com/dunestopeaks. All they have to do is check out the videos and create their own itinerary based on what they liked. Content is shareable on social media networks through the hash tag #DunesToPeaks and الكثبان_والقمم#. The more they share, the higher their chances of winning.

Sumathi Ramanathan, VisitBritain's Regional Manager, Asia Pacific & Middle East said: 'Britain welcomes just fewer than 600,000 visitors from the GCC and the majority of them spend their holidays in the big cities as the awareness of a British countryside holiday is still low. With the new Arabic website, travellers have the option of researching a variety of holiday ideas in Arabic and we hope they will be inspired to extend their city breaks into the beautiful countryside.'
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