Gulf Visitors to Follow Beckham’s Footsteps in Britain

Monday 18 June 2012

As Samsung’s global ambassador for London 2012, the football star recently shared his top tourist tips and hotspots, highlighting various UK locations that he plans to visit with his family this summer, said Carol Maddison, UAE Manager, VisitBritain, the UK’s national tourism board.

Beckham’s top 10 lead the upgrade of VisitBritain’s ‘Best of Britain’ app which was launched in collaboration with Samsung earlier this year. The app serves as an informative tool for Games spectators and visitors to Britain this summer, offering the best possible recommendations, accommodation and entertainment options, and aims to make London 2012 Olympic Games an occasion for everyone to enjoy, in and outside of the Olympic venues.

Families from the Gulf seeking refuge from the searing heat can experience the cool, fresh air in London’s Royal Parks. “Hyde and Regents Parks are like an oasis in Central London,” said Beckham, the former England football Captain who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy. “Or get away from it all in Richmond Park where visitors can see wild deer, horse ride and experience amazing views across London.”

In addition to the natural scenery available to Gulf visitors, Beckham also suggests some thrilling family activities that can be found all over the UK.

“Kids can’t get enough of theme parks as I know being a father of four. You're never far away from one in Britain: Alton Towers is close to Stoke and just outside London you’ll find Thorpe Park. New in town is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour where you can see the making of Harry Potter movies,” said Beckham, whose children’s ages range from just less than one year to 13.

Visitors to Britain from the Gulf can also play a round of golf on some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging courses at St Andrews Links, the Home of Golf, where the game was invented and has been cultivated over the past 600 years. Visitors with a palate to please can experience some real East London food at Tony Lane’s Pie & Mash shop in Waltham Abbey or newer dining venues in London such as Bread St Kitchen and Nopi.

The VisitBritain App is available for free on all Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy Tab devices from SamsungApps. Guides for key destinations such as Land’s End, Much Wenlock, Stonehenge, Liverpool and Dover all offer amazing imagery and inspiring content to allow visitors to plan their Britain itinerary.

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David Beckham with the torch during the ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flame, at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall. Copyright Notice - LOCOG/Press Association Images
David Beckham during the ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flame, at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall. Copyright Notice - LOCOG/Press Association Images