he hoof-and-mouth disease publicity
mainly has affected travel to the British countryside but there are
other destinations that are in jeopardy of losing business.
Among them are the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney
In an e-mail the other day, David Seymour, managing director of
Seymour Hotels on the islands, pointed out that the Channel Islands
actually are closer to the Normandy coast of France than they are
to the south coast of England.
"Before we were British we were actually French," Seymour
writes. Our problem is that many of our visitors from the U.S.
arrive in the islands by air via London.
"Clearly many American visitors are concerned about traveling to
Britain at the current time and it is likely that our own tourism
industry will suffer as a result."
Seymour asks us to point out to our American travel agency
readers that they have the option of sending clients to the Channel
Islands by air via Paris or by sea from St. Malo in France.
Up-to-date information about the islands can be found at www.jersey.com
where there is a separate section on the hoof-and-mouth
The islands' officials report that there currently are no cases
of the disease everything is open as usual.
"Visitor attractions are unaffected," the Jersey site reports,
"as are activities such as walking and cycling along the fifty-mile
network of Green Lanes. The coastal paths and many miles of beach
are also accessible."
As a precaution, visitors are being asked to walk on a
disinfectant mat on arrival and all vehicles are being sprayed upon
entry at the ports. Visitors also are being asked not to bring
foodstuffs ashore and a ban is in place to prevent the movement of
pets into and out of the islands.
David Seymour of the Seymour hotel chain tells us he'll be happy
to talk personally with anyone who'd like more information about
travel to the islands.
His telephone number is (011) 44-0-1534-875926; the fax is (011)
44-0-1534-780726, or you can contact him through www.seymourhotels.com.