Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, February 12. Wl Wf lETMBUDOf HMAIB 17 More f self needed I Flowers and festivals jto boost tourism welcome Spring visitors do the selling job re-. In the Scilly No. 1 problem in developing J quired to bring a real tou_.'.---------------........, the northwestern i bonanza to this part of the con-1 available man. woman and sweepstakes ticket holders. The WHITEHORSE, Yukon The. ------0 developing j quired to bring a real tourist tain's Southwest tip, every i re-els and makes or breaks the HIGH LIVING STANDARD South Africans relax on one of the country's beautiful beeches near Cape Town White South Africans one of the highest standards of living in the world nnd take pride in the nation's breathtaking scenery. Two neiv luxury ships launched Rhine cruises voted tops ourism area of the continent is lack at according to Harvey )ryden, director of the Yukon's Department of Travel and In- ormation. Mr. Dryden made this ob- servation while addressing the recent inaugural dinner meet- ing of the year of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of at that Northern B.C. centre, Mile 49 of the Alas- ca Highway. "Sure, I know we all do a Jttle selling in our respective Dryden said. "Our com- munity may put out a folder on the tourist attractions of our area; our Chamber of Com- merce may operate a tourist information bureau during the summer months; and our Chamber office may dispatch tourist information mater i a 1 promptly and effic i e n 11 y to those tourist inquiries received by mail. "But while these activities are all fine and great in them- selves, they're not nearly enough to tap the full potential of the vast and lucrative mar- ket available to he went on. "For the most part, most of us sit idly by the side of the road waiting for the tourists to come to us. This simply is not good enough. "No matter what product you have to sell, you're not going to market very much if' you sit back and wait for the customer to come to your door. Those who have enjoyed Car- ibbean cruising or longer cruises to North Cape or the Mediterranean and therefore expect that cruise ships only sail the oceans will prob ably wonder why the writer doesn't take a refresher course in geo- graphy and navigation. But, in fact, inland cruising is being enjoyed by more and more peo- ple each year and cruising in the Rhine was voted as one of the top holiday attractions by travel writers in a recent poll. Travelling on the Rhine is not new. On the contrary, the Rhine has been used by Europeans for many centuries as a major means of travel and transpor- tation but -only relatively re- cently have ships been built -which cater to the standards of convenien ce and com fort de- manded by the sophisticated North American traveller. Holland River Line is a Dutch company which has recently launched two 200 passenger luxury ships which will begin cruising from Rotterdam and Strasbourg in May this year. The "HOLLAND EMERALD" and "HOLLAND PEARL" have been built after careful study of existing ships, which mainly ca- ter for the less demanding Eur- opean passenger, and incorpor- ate all the modern features de- manded by North Americans. These brand new ships are air- conditioned throughout, all ac- commodation is in outside ca- bins, which have private show- er and toilet and are equipped with radio and ship's telephone. The cabins are tastefully fin- ished as a living room by day and bedroom by night. "The "EMERALD" and "PEARL" are both one class ships so that passengers have the freedom of all four decks They can walch the Rhine go by from the luxury observation lounge, the club room or the two enclosed verandahs which all have panoramic windows so that no item of the everchang ing scene will be missed. On cruises from Rotterdam, which leave early in the morn- ing of every Saturday and ev- ery Tuesday; embarkation is on lie previous evening, the "EM- ERALD" and "PEARL" glide through typically Dutch coun- ryside past dykes, windmills and picturesque towns and vil- lages. In the afternoon the ships >ass through the impressive Suhr district of Germany and n the early evening arrive in Dusseldorf the pulsating capi- tal of Rhineland Westphalia where the first day's cruising finishes and passengers may enjoy the night life of this mod- ern city. The first stop on the second day is Cologne which has many reminders of its Roman and mediaeval past. Passengers have time to visit the famous cathedral before sailing on to the Federal capital of Bonn. The stopping place on the sec- ond night is Koblenz which is at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. After Kob- lenz the scenery increases in grandeur as mountains, with mediaeval castles nestling on their peaks, rise steeply from the River. In this stretch of the Rhine is the famous Lorelei rock where, according to leg- end, a beautiful blonde maiden lured sailors on to the rocks. The afternoon stop is at ths charming spa town of Wiesba- den, from where an excursion can be taken to the ancient uni- versity town of Heidelberg and the famous Echwetzingen castle. In the evening the "EMER- ALD" and "PEARL" berth at Mannheim. For much of the way be- tween Mannheim and Stras- bourg, on the fourth day, the Rhine is the frontier between France and Germany and flows past the charming towns o: Speyer, Karlsruhe, Rastadt ant the more famous spa of Baden- Baden. In the afternoon the ships arrive at the ancient French city of Strasbourg with ts Gothic cathedral, dating rom 1272, and picturesque olc city centre known as "la pe- ite France." Strasbourg is the turn i n g point of the cruise where pas- sengers may disembark, if they wish. Many passengers embark in Strasbourg for the three day cruise to Rotterdam and then return to North America from Amsterdam international aif port. A restful ending to a Eur opean tour. tine-lit, all of us simply must) child is out, harvesting the an- work together. By all of us, 11 nual Spring blizzard of daffo- mean Northern British Calum- j dils. They'll be shipped by air bia and Alberta, the and sea for sale in the great Alaska and the Northwest Ter- ritories. cities of Britain. In London crosuses come out "We're all in this together- j the end of February, geographical boundaries mean I p k h j, little to the Dryden declared. Grand National, wildest horse race in the world, will come on Spring Alaska cruises being boohed Alaskan cruises starting as early as May 2 now are ready for booking. Average length is eight days. There will be 84 cruises out of Vancouver by West Line, Canadian National, Bergen Lane, Canadian Pacific and P and C line. to hunt deer, snow drops are past their prime by the second month. Soon cro- Isles, off Bri-; race that is always in the news-1 ceremonies at Stratford upon- Avon and April 29th will bring the first great meeting of fiat racing season, the New- market Spring Meeting, which April 3rd at Aintrce. near Liv-i includes the famous Gui- erpool and out of 30 or so in' neas and Guineas races, the steeplechase field, less than I jjay j Maypole dances, Mor- 10 are likely to survive al! the j rjs dancing and May fairs will hedges, ditches, barriers and i mark tlie spring 'festival. At hazards. padstow in sunny Cornwall, the With the beginning of April. old Hobby Horse will buck and e.vents llaP-' dance drum and 1 almost faster than they can music. e se cuses and daffodils are up in be counted. Ken and the Vale up i the woods and along roadsides j all over Britain. Not far behind Evesham will be pink and cruises Springtime in Europe is the destination of three P and 0 Lines' passenger ships sailing from Vancouver in March and April. Each trip, which includes Panama and Caribbean calls, takes about three weeks. The first sailing is March 5 aboard P and O's Oriana. Calls at Acapulco, Nas- sau, Port Everglades, Florida, and Bermuda are featured on the way to Lisbon, Cherbourg and Southampton. Oronsay departs in mid- March with one additional stop in Montego Bay. P and O's Canberra, one of the world's largest passenger ships, sails April 24 bound for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Aeapulco, Balboa, Cristobal, Montego Bay, Nassau, Port Everglades, Lisbon, Cherbourg and Southampton. In addition to the usual ship- board activities, each of the British cruise line ships offers added entertainment and a sel- ection of shore excursions along the way. strange race which takes place every year at Olney, Bucking- hamshire, 50 miles north west of London. There, young house- wives line up on March 5th with pancakes newly cooked in i frying pans and, on a given sig- nal, race to the church door. The winner will receive as a prize, a kiss from the verger! The Olney Pancake Race has been heard of even in Kansas, where at Liberty, local house- wives stage a similar race the same day. By March spring is in full cry. Field flowers have spread as far north as the Lake Dis- trict in Cumberland. Travellers turn aside many miles to see the displays of flowers 'flutter- ing and dancing in the breeze' about Buttermere, Gras mere and Rydal Water. The Daffodil Shows at Fal- mouth and Penzance are spec- tacular and even in Yorkshire, in the north of England, the flowers are blooming. The great Spring Flower Show will be held in the famous spa town of Harrogate April 22-24. Oxford and Cambridge grad- uates consider March 27, "Boat the premier event on the calendar this spring. On that day, racing eights from the two great universities will churn up the Thames from Putney to Mortlake, just outside London, in an ancient spring rivalry. A week later comes the horse and cherry blossom. Cottage comes a nowers wjj[ in gardens u Britain -aiake_ May R at Helson, Cornwall, the entire population turns out to dance in streets all day. But as always, the climactic event of Britain's pageant of spring is the Chelsea Flower Show. May 26-28, at the heart of artistic and Bohemian Lon- don. On the grounds of the Roy- al Hospital, built by Sir Chris- speare Festival Season at Strat- ford upon Avon will open in early April. April llth, the Eas- ter Parade will take place in London's Hyde Park. Also in April will come the topher Wren for old soldiers or first great horse show of the i the British army, tents, booths year at the Duke of Beaufort's I and outdoor gardens bring a great Gloucester estate at Bad- j dream of spring loveliness in minton. April 23, Shakespeare's I the world's greatest and most birthday will be observed with i famous flower show. New licence plate holders on sale in Alberta March 1 The Alberta Tourist Associa- tion represents the private sec- tor of the Tourist Industry in the province of Alberta, and in order to strengthen the tourist industry in the province, the Alberta Tourist Association has undertaken a province-wide promotional program the selling of licence plate holders. Many provinces and states have "licences and-or holders with slogans which advertise their province or state. The Al- berta Tourist Association sug- gests that by making these li- cence plate holders available, an opportunity would be given to Albertans to display pride in their province. The licence plate holders are four-colored enamelled metal, featuring the Alberta Tartan. the Alberta Rose and the Pro- vincial Flag. In featuring the Alberta Tar- tan, Alberta Rose and Provin- cial Flag, it is hoped to create an awareness of these provin- cial emblems in the minds of Albertans and visitors alike. The slogan "Make Every Day Safe Driving Day" featured on the lop of the holder is to en- courage people to drive safely while they are following this suggestion of the second slogan "Holiday Alberta." The licence plate holders will be on sale commencing March 1, for the nominal fee of per holder at all department of highways, Treasury Branches and Alberta Motor Assn. offices throughout the province. gonna getcha T llUUUU a LJ UlbLh LJULLh LMJULJUULraaa With a mid-winter Right now, you can get a special that's too free automatic transmission good to resist. on all specially-equipped So good, it's Furys and compact Scamps for a limited at participating time only! Plymouth Dealers. gotcha! 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