Gulf States tourism delegation loved the Cotswolds

Release date: 9 August 2016

Caption: Two members of the delegation enjoy the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford

Visitors from all parts of the world are heading to the Cotswolds in record numbers, and this trend looks certain to gather even more pace following a recent visit to the area by a seven-strong delegation from the Gulf States.

The delegation – comprising TV representatives and social media influencers from Saudi Arabia and Dubai – sampled a handful of the many tourist attractions on offer in the Cotswolds on 5 and 6 August, and were extremely impressed by what was on offer.

They began their visit on 5 August with a trip to the renowned Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford, and marvelled at the exotic animals and plants, including close-up encounters with lemurs and giant tortoises. They moved on to a special BBC Countryfile event set in the magnificent grounds of historic Blenheim Palace, focusing on the ‘Best of British farming’ displays, which showcased the rare-breed animals and fun activities from Adam Henson’s Guiting Power-based Cotswold Farm Park.   After enjoying delicious cuisine and a relaxing overnight stay at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, they concluded their activities on 6 August with a thrilling off-road driving experience around one of the Water Park lakes courtesy of the Down Ampney-based Gloucestershire Rally School.

The delegation’s escort Yasmine Rashed, Communications Manager Middle East and Turkey for VisitBritain, reported that the delegation had enjoyed the experience immensely:

“The Cotswolds have so much to offer that we barely scratched the surface during this whistle stop tour. Nevertheless, the delegates were bowled over by the area’s wide range of superb leisure and sports activities, beautiful countryside, world class heritage and architecture, fantastic restaurants and cafes, and memorable shopping experiences.

“Two of the delegates influence hundreds of thousands of people using You Tube, Instagram and other social media outlets. Additionally, the television personnel in the delegation broadcast to a global audience as well as the Gulf States.  I am sure that their positive experience will translate into a lot of interest in the Cotswolds from a brand new audience.”

Cllr Chris Hancock, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships at Cotswold District Council, is delighted that the visit was a success:

“Tourism is a major contributor to the Cotswold economy and the quality of our offer to visitors is truly world class, with fresh new attractions coming to the fore every year.  The Cotswolds has everything you could ask for when contemplating a holiday or short break – fantastic scenery, unique history, diverse sporting activities and events, memorable shopping experiences and award winning food and accommodation providers. I am very hopeful that the delegation from the Gulf States will spread the word about our many and varied attractions.”



Places visited by the Gulf States delegation

For more information about the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens see

More details about visiting Blenheim Palace are available at  

For further information about Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park see

To find out more about the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, go to  

Details of the Gloucestershire Rally School are available at

Cotswolds Tourism

We have just launched our new video promoting the range of activities within the area – check it out on  

For further information about Cotswolds Tourism see    or view our visitor guide at   For details of the Cotswolds Tourism Partnership contact Sally Graff or Susie Hunt 01285 623000  

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