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Lonely Planet New Great Britain Travel Guide

今月発売された、旅行ガイドのLonely Planetロンリープラネット)が発行するGreat Britain Guide(イギリスガイド)の最新版が、イギリスでちょっとした波紋を呼んでいる。ロンリープラネットは、広告も取らず、どこの観光協会ともタイアップしない方針を貫く独立系のガイドブック。英語の旅行ガイドで世界一のシェアを誇る。自費で旅して情報を集めるため、見聞きしたことを率直に書けるのが強み。それで今回のイギリスガイドがかなり辛口だったため、メディアが飛びついたのだ。

一言で言うと、イギリスの観光地としての評価は「Over-crowded, over-rated and over-priced(混雑し過ぎ、評価過剰、物価高過ぎ)」 。ポンド安で海外から観光客はたくさん来るけれど、イギリス旅行は決して安くない。交通、入場料、レストラン、ホテルは、他の多くのヨーロッパ諸国に比べて割高。多くの観光アトラクションはつまらなくて、観光地としての質が低いと批判的。



The Lonely Planet‘s latest Great Britain Guide has been released recently. Lonely Planet is the the largest travel guide book, and totally independent without taking advertising or linking any local tourisms. They pay their own trip so the guide can be quite honest and candid for what they write about the destination. The latest guide about UK is quite critical and therefore has caught media attention.

“Over-crowded, over-rated and over-priced” – this is the guide’s verdict in short. The recent trend of weak pound attracts foreign tourists, but traveling Britain isn’t cheap – public transport, admission fees, restaurants and hotel rooms all tend to be expensive compared with their equivalents in many other European countries. The country’s many tourist attractions are said as “boring and lacking in quality”…

But I have to agree some points. I love beautiful countryside of Britain with rolling hills, but we tend to travel other European countries because the same reasons that Lonely Planet pointed out. Besides the high cost of traveling in UK, British small villages look ghost town and very sad after the sunset when all the stores close and people go home, in compare to Southern European countries. On the other hand, cities all look alike with the high streets lined with national chain stores and restaurants, and are not very distinctive.

London got good review as one of the world’s great cities, if not the greatest, with endless reserves of cool (see telegraph article for other cities and towns). The guide said the city had excellent restaurants with many free attractions for children, but also found that despite its good restaurants, London also offered overpriced food. Tourists may end up “forking out £30 in a restaurant for a ‘modern European’ concoction that tastes like it came from a can”. Yes, UK is not known as a foodies’ paradise, but co-ordinating author of the Lonely Planet Guide to England concluds that “a culinary heritage of ready-sliced white bread, fatty meats and boiled-to-death vegetables, all washed down by tea with four sugars, remains firmly in place in many parts of the country.’ Sounds quite bad, but Lonely Planet also doesn’t forget to praise that many parts of Great Britain are still ‘great’, and that it is still one of the most fascinating places in the world to explore – without completely knocking down British pride. Happy ending. Can UKreverse Lonely Planet’s verdict before the London Olympic next year??