Chinese tourists 'to flock to Colchester'

First published in News

COLCHESTER could prove to be a major attraction for Chinese tourists.

A delegation of ten Chinese tour operators based in London visited the county on Monday *MAR10* alongside Essex County Council representatives.

Sue Lissimore, Essex councillor for Drury division, which takes in Prettygate, in Colchester, was part of the county council delegation leading the tour, which took in Colchester, Tiptree and Maldon.

She said: “The Chinese market is the great untapped for us.

“It seems there is a great interest in Colchester from the operators, because it is so compact.

“There was a particular interest in Tiptree because they are fascinated with English cream tea, so they loved Wilkin and Sons cafe.”

It is hoped the hospitality industry in the county will benefit from an increase in visits as Chinese tourists are set to account for a 60 per cent growth in global tourism by 2020.

Research shows Chinese visitors spend £1,688 per visit, compared to an average visitor spend of £567.

A Chinese tourist brochure has also been produced, which will shortly be on the shelves in China as well.

It will also be sent to Chinese tourist operators based in London.

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8:02am Thu 13 Mar 14

Linda Gosling says...

Oh God thats why the Chinese kareoke bar in the High Street got planning permission...it all becomes clear...
Oh God thats why the Chinese kareoke bar in the High Street got planning permission...it all becomes clear... Linda Gosling
  • Score: -6

8:52am Thu 13 Mar 14

friday_woods says...

Yep, chinese tourists flocking to Colchester.... hahaha what for? Maybe they are coming to visit our wide range of fantastic 99p and pound shops stocking everything you need, the superb selection of bookmakers where you can play the 'bandits' all day or maybe stop for a picnic in the delightful open air dossers hangout that is St. Botolph's roundabout? In order to promote cross community relations a quick catch up with the Roma people who sell the Big Issue is in order before relaxing and mixing with the friendly and hospitable locals in one of our fine bars (I'd recommend the Silk Road) Perhaps the chinese tourists would then care to sample some of Colchester's high quality halal chicken from the extensive and exclusive eateries along 'Kebab Street' before witnessing some late night tomfoolery where groups of feral lads strut like peacocks before fighting each other? Enjoy spending that £1688 my chinese friends....
Yep, chinese tourists flocking to Colchester.... hahaha what for? Maybe they are coming to visit our wide range of fantastic 99p and pound shops stocking everything you need, the superb selection of bookmakers where you can play the 'bandits' all day or maybe stop for a picnic in the delightful open air dossers hangout that is St. Botolph's roundabout? In order to promote cross community relations a quick catch up with the Roma people who sell the Big Issue is in order before relaxing and mixing with the friendly and hospitable locals in one of our fine bars (I'd recommend the Silk Road) Perhaps the chinese tourists would then care to sample some of Colchester's high quality halal chicken from the extensive and exclusive eateries along 'Kebab Street' before witnessing some late night tomfoolery where groups of feral lads strut like peacocks before fighting each other? Enjoy spending that £1688 my chinese friends.... friday_woods
  • Score: 8

10:52am Thu 13 Mar 14

Scoot says...

The Chinese will probably promote it as "Come and see what happens when the National Peoples Congress don't have control of planning" and "Get there by travelling on an overcrowded poorly maintained rail system which is privately owned".
The Chinese will probably promote it as "Come and see what happens when the National Peoples Congress don't have control of planning" and "Get there by travelling on an overcrowded poorly maintained rail system which is privately owned". Scoot
  • Score: 4

11:44am Thu 13 Mar 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Have they been told not to flock here on a Sunday when the visitor centre will be closed? Although the UK's only £28m public toilet will be open...
Have they been told not to flock here on a Sunday when the visitor centre will be closed? Although the UK's only £28m public toilet will be open... Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 5

12:43pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.
I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off. Reginald47
  • Score: 11

1:15pm Thu 13 Mar 14

thompaj says...

Reginald47 is correct. When we show visitors around Colchester they're pleasantly surprised at the rich history, independent shops and good selection of quality pubs and restaurants we have here.

Its all about promoting the best of Colchester. So here's a quick list:

The Castle
Roman heritage and walls
Castle Park
St Johns Abbey Gate
Jumbo
Firstsight
Mercury Theatre & The Arts Centre
Crouch St & Sir Isaacs independent shops
Great pubs: Hospital Arms, Fat Cat, Victoria Inn, Purple Dog.
Lots of good cafes inc Tymperleys when re-opened.
Green Room, Lemon Tree and Ask restaurants.
North Hill, The George & Holiday Inn hotels.

That's just for starters..........
Reginald47 is correct. When we show visitors around Colchester they're pleasantly surprised at the rich history, independent shops and good selection of quality pubs and restaurants we have here. Its all about promoting the best of Colchester. So here's a quick list: The Castle Roman heritage and walls Castle Park St Johns Abbey Gate Jumbo Firstsight Mercury Theatre & The Arts Centre Crouch St & Sir Isaacs independent shops Great pubs: Hospital Arms, Fat Cat, Victoria Inn, Purple Dog. Lots of good cafes inc Tymperleys when re-opened. Green Room, Lemon Tree and Ask restaurants. North Hill, The George & Holiday Inn hotels. That's just for starters.......... thompaj
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

romantic says...

Reginald47 wrote:
I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.
I fully agree with you. I have regular visitors to the town, and they all think it's a great place. What is it they say: misery attracts misery. If all you see is the negative side of things, it's a sad existence.

We have a great heritage, plenty of good places to eat and drink, good shopping (locals might not believe it, but I have visitors from London who are envious of all the places that are right there on the doorstep).

I hope the Chinese, when they come, get a warm welcome. They will bring money to the town, and I hope they enjoy their visits.

We are close enough to London to make day-trips possible, and if we market the town well, not just to the Chinese, but to all UK visitors, we could get a lot more people wanting to stay. See the good sides, people! Queen Street is messy, but not nearly as bad as you'd think if you only see it on TV. Along with the £1 shops and bookies are lots of good independent shops.

If Colchester is so bad, sell up and move elsewhere - but you might be surprised to find that they're far from perfect as well....
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with you. I have regular visitors to the town, and they all think it's a great place. What is it they say: misery attracts misery. If all you see is the negative side of things, it's a sad existence. We have a great heritage, plenty of good places to eat and drink, good shopping (locals might not believe it, but I have visitors from London who are envious of all the places that are right there on the doorstep). I hope the Chinese, when they come, get a warm welcome. They will bring money to the town, and I hope they enjoy their visits. We are close enough to London to make day-trips possible, and if we market the town well, not just to the Chinese, but to all UK visitors, we could get a lot more people wanting to stay. See the good sides, people! Queen Street is messy, but not nearly as bad as you'd think if you only see it on TV. Along with the £1 shops and bookies are lots of good independent shops. If Colchester is so bad, sell up and move elsewhere - but you might be surprised to find that they're far from perfect as well.... romantic
  • Score: 7

3:15pm Thu 13 Mar 14

zt00013 says...

romantic wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.
I fully agree with you. I have regular visitors to the town, and they all think it's a great place. What is it they say: misery attracts misery. If all you see is the negative side of things, it's a sad existence.

We have a great heritage, plenty of good places to eat and drink, good shopping (locals might not believe it, but I have visitors from London who are envious of all the places that are right there on the doorstep).

I hope the Chinese, when they come, get a warm welcome. They will bring money to the town, and I hope they enjoy their visits.

We are close enough to London to make day-trips possible, and if we market the town well, not just to the Chinese, but to all UK visitors, we could get a lot more people wanting to stay. See the good sides, people! Queen Street is messy, but not nearly as bad as you'd think if you only see it on TV. Along with the £1 shops and bookies are lots of good independent shops.

If Colchester is so bad, sell up and move elsewhere - but you might be surprised to find that they're far from perfect as well....
Cracking response to the par for the course moaning comments.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with you. I have regular visitors to the town, and they all think it's a great place. What is it they say: misery attracts misery. If all you see is the negative side of things, it's a sad existence. We have a great heritage, plenty of good places to eat and drink, good shopping (locals might not believe it, but I have visitors from London who are envious of all the places that are right there on the doorstep). I hope the Chinese, when they come, get a warm welcome. They will bring money to the town, and I hope they enjoy their visits. We are close enough to London to make day-trips possible, and if we market the town well, not just to the Chinese, but to all UK visitors, we could get a lot more people wanting to stay. See the good sides, people! Queen Street is messy, but not nearly as bad as you'd think if you only see it on TV. Along with the £1 shops and bookies are lots of good independent shops. If Colchester is so bad, sell up and move elsewhere - but you might be surprised to find that they're far from perfect as well....[/p][/quote]Cracking response to the par for the course moaning comments. zt00013
  • Score: 3

10:12pm Thu 13 Mar 14

25414nora says...

zt00013 wrote:
romantic wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.
I fully agree with you. I have regular visitors to the town, and they all think it's a great place. What is it they say: misery attracts misery. If all you see is the negative side of things, it's a sad existence.

We have a great heritage, plenty of good places to eat and drink, good shopping (locals might not believe it, but I have visitors from London who are envious of all the places that are right there on the doorstep).

I hope the Chinese, when they come, get a warm welcome. They will bring money to the town, and I hope they enjoy their visits.

We are close enough to London to make day-trips possible, and if we market the town well, not just to the Chinese, but to all UK visitors, we could get a lot more people wanting to stay. See the good sides, people! Queen Street is messy, but not nearly as bad as you'd think if you only see it on TV. Along with the £1 shops and bookies are lots of good independent shops.

If Colchester is so bad, sell up and move elsewhere - but you might be surprised to find that they're far from perfect as well....
Cracking response to the par for the course moaning comments.
Yes Great Comments.. Colchester is unique, Just love our fabulous town centre castle park, the fine balance of a bustling broad high street,
With a traffic free central core of olde worlde narrow streets and shops.
you need to be well travelled to appreciate just how nice Colchester is.
The Chinese tourists will love it.
[quote][p][bold]zt00013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: I know it will shock to the core you bunch of the usual anti-Colchester whingers on here, but many people who live outside Colchester actually think it's a great place to visit and many people who live here don't deserve to be in such a great place. So why don't you just push off.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with you. I have regular visitors to the town, and they all think it's a great place. What is it they say: misery attracts misery. If all you see is the negative side of things, it's a sad existence. We have a great heritage, plenty of good places to eat and drink, good shopping (locals might not believe it, but I have visitors from London who are envious of all the places that are right there on the doorstep). I hope the Chinese, when they come, get a warm welcome. They will bring money to the town, and I hope they enjoy their visits. We are close enough to London to make day-trips possible, and if we market the town well, not just to the Chinese, but to all UK visitors, we could get a lot more people wanting to stay. See the good sides, people! Queen Street is messy, but not nearly as bad as you'd think if you only see it on TV. Along with the £1 shops and bookies are lots of good independent shops. If Colchester is so bad, sell up and move elsewhere - but you might be surprised to find that they're far from perfect as well....[/p][/quote]Cracking response to the par for the course moaning comments.[/p][/quote]Yes Great Comments.. Colchester is unique, Just love our fabulous town centre castle park, the fine balance of a bustling broad high street, With a traffic free central core of olde worlde narrow streets and shops. you need to be well travelled to appreciate just how nice Colchester is. The Chinese tourists will love it. 25414nora
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Weazelbum says...

I've lived in a few different places and I have to say, I love Colchester. It has it's faults, but I think it's a beautiful place :-).
I've lived in a few different places and I have to say, I love Colchester. It has it's faults, but I think it's a beautiful place :-). Weazelbum
  • Score: 1

2:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Red Tape 2 says...

Or maybe they fancy a spot of "swinging".....
Or maybe they fancy a spot of "swinging"..... Red Tape 2
  • Score: 0

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