Winston Aldworth is the Herald's Travel Editor.

Winston Aldworth: Royal visits

Add a comment

Last week's brief kerfuffle about Prince Philip's retirement from public life got us wondering about the best places to see the British royals. It also saw a brief resurgence of the idea that the monarchy should be maintained because the royal family is good for British tourism.

That's nonsense. There's no reason to imagine that the royals are helping British tourism.

The two countries hosting the most visitors and making the most money out of tourism each year are France (84.7 million visitors and $96 billion) and the US (69.7 million visitors and $414b).

The French and the Americans both ditched royalty years ago and today visiting the sites where their revolutions took place remains a big drawcard.

By all means, keep your monarchy, but don't imagine it's helping your tourism industry.

- NZ Herald

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW
Winston Aldworth is the Herald's Travel Editor.

Have your say

1200 characters left

By and large our readers' comments are respectful and courteous. We're sure you'll fit in well.
View commenting guidelines.

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf05 at 25 May 2017 11:34:07 Processing Time: 1066ms