Riviera Lloegr / The English Riviera
The towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in the county of Devon in the south west of England are marketed collectively by the local tourist board as ‘The English Riviera‘. Their website offers provides information in a number of languages – the usual suspects like French, German, Italian and Spanish, and also Dutch, Polish, Chinese and Japanese. Recently they’ve had part of the site translated into Welsh – a first for English holiday resorts, according to this article.
A spokesman for the English Riviera Tourist Board said,
“We are a popular destination for visitors from Wales. The Welsh language should be used more on publicity like this in England. It is a UK language.
The board’s director, who used to be in charge of tourism in Anglesey, doesn’t speak Welsh herself, but has a fondness and commitment to preserving the language.
There are also plans to provide downloadable MP3 walking tours for the area in Welsh.