I visited Rio de Janeiro on business a few years ago and had a wonderful time, walking around with a constant smile on my face at the vibrancy and colour of my surroundings.
Yesterday, I was amazed, nay, even stunned, that Frommers travel guide 'Has placed the seaside town and the surrounding area alongside top global destinations such as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Stockholm in Sweden. Frommer's writers and editors have classed the Kent coast among the dozen most desirable destinations in the world for 2011.'
As a Thanet councillor and Margate Charter Trustee I'm delighted and council leader Bob Bayford and South Thanet MP, Laura Sandys are both quoted in today's Daily Mail. Laura adds:
'Well we join Brazil and Chile in Frommer's top 12 international destinations. This is fantastic news for Thanet and shows that our environmental beauty, our historic tourism, our sandy beaches and the character of each of our towns shines through.'
I'm sure this accolade will attract more than a few comments but in difficult times, it gives us all optimism for the future, with under a year until the opening of the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.