Welcome, wilkommen, bienvenue, bienvenidos!
That’s the message from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s tourism team thanks to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Lucy Woods.
The 18-year-old languages student has set about translating sections of Ribble Valley’s tourism web site into French, German and Spanish.
Lucy was keen to apply her foreign language skills and contacted the council’s tourism and events officer, Tom Pridmore, with an offer to translate parts of the website to make it more accessible to overseas visitors.
Tom said: “Lucy has enthusiastically translated significant parts of our tourism web site into French, German and Spanish, as well as making the content more relevant.
“We hope to reproduce her work into printed leaflets for Clitheroe, Whalley, Longridge and the Forest of Bowland, as we are keen to welcome overseas visitors to the Ribble Valley.”
Plans are afoot to, in due course, translate Ribble Valley’s tourism literature into other languages, including Chinese, Mandarin and Dutch.
National tourism figures show that visitor numbers in Ribble Valley increased by 3% last year, from 3.5million to 3.61million, with a corresponding increase in tourism spend of seven per cent, from £159.16 million to £169.61 million.
Ribble Valley was also chosen by Visit Britain to host a delegation of international journalists with a specific interest in food during the London 2012 Olympics.