mxaxai wrote:Revelation wrote:I'm trying hard to figure out why, other than VFR, an average US tourist would visit MAN or other UK secondary cities.
Have you considered that the people in and around MAN, or other UK secondary cities, might want to visit the US as tourists? I personally have no desire to visit Detroit, but DTW still has several long haul routes.
Good idea to add that to the discussion.
Do you think there is enough bi-directional interest for B6 to serve BOS-MAN and/or JFK-MAN?
Boeing74741R wrote:Maybe not the city of Manchester itself despite having some things to offer, but from MAN you can access the following: -
Liverpool - 45 minutes away by road and has two trains per hour. Football, museums, Beatles connection, Mersey Ferries, once a major shipping port
Peak District - 30 minutes by road, rolling hills and countryside
Chester - 45 minutes by road, you literally come out of MAN onto the M56 and head west. Historic Roman city, racecourse and there's also Cheshire Oaks outlet village nearby (attractive for those looking to take advantage of the weak pound)
North Wales - The border is less than an hour by road, again head west along the M56 out of MAN
York - Less than 2 hours away by road and has 2 trains per hour. Also a historic Roman city with lots to see and do such as York Minster, National Railway Museum, city walls and the Shambles (reportedly one of the inspirations for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter).
Lake District - Less than 2 hours away and trains run to Barrow-in-Furness and Windermere. Beautiful part of the country with lakes and rolling hills/mountains, Beatrix Potter connection, also popular with tourists from Asian countries
Lincoln - Less than 3 hours drive. Again, another Roman city with a large cathedral that's become very popular in recent years due to The Da Vinci Code being filmed there
Edinburgh & Glasgow - Direct trains do the journey in 3-4 hours, great alternative to the smaller number of direct flights serving GLA/EDI from the US or connecting at places such as LHR.
Other cities such as Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham all within 2hrs of MAN.
I do think people need to look beyond the city of Manchester when it comes to the tourism opportunities available from MAN. If some/none of this appeals to US tourists, that's not really the fault of the airport or the places themselves. Each to their own and all that.
Disclaimer: I have lived in the North West of England for the vast majority of my life, visited all of the above and witnessed foreign visitors.
All great points.
As a person with relatives in the area I've visited most of the places you've mentioned over the years.
I found York with its Roman and Viking connections to be fascinating, and flew in a glider at Sutton Bank.
My auntie still volunteers at Kedleston Hall at age 90 so I've seen evidence of tourists there still interested in seeing where parts of "Pride and Prejudice" was filmed, and have visited other National Trust properties in the area as well.
As interesting as it was, I'm not sure I could talk my neighbors in to making a trip there to see it all.