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Ribble Valley Launches Euro-Friendly Web Site

Lucy is pictured (front), with Tom (right), Ribble Valley Mayor Richard Sherras and tourism intern Camilla Mammen.
Lucy is pictured (front), with Tom (right), Ribble Valley Mayor Richard Sherras and tourism intern Camilla Mammen.
Published Thursday, 08 May 2014

Welcome, wilkommen, bienvenue, bienvenidos! That’s the message from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s tourism team thanks to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Lucy Woods.

The 18-year-old language student has set about translating sections of Ribble Valley’s tourism web site into French, German and Spanish.

Lucy was keen to apply her foreign language skills and contacted the council’s tourism and events officer, Tom Pridmore, with an offer to translate parts of the web site to make it more accessible to overseas visitors.

Tom said: “Lucy has enthusiastically translated significant parts of our tourism web site into French, German and Spanish, as well as making the content more relevant.

“We hope to reproduce her work into printed leaflets for Clitheroe, Whalley, Longridge and the Forest of Bowland, as we are keen to welcome overseas visitors to Ribble Valley.”

Plans are afoot to translate Ribble Valley’s tourism literature into other languages, including Chinese, Mandarin and Dutch, in due course. 

National tourism figures show that visitor numbers in Ribble Valley increased by three per cent last year, from 3.5million to 3.61million, with a corresponding increase in tourism spend of seven per cent, from £159.16million to £169.61million.

Ribble Valley was also chosen by Visit Britain to host a delegation of international journalists with a specific interest in food during the London 2012 Olympics.

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