Should the UK get its own forum?

Old Mar 10th, 2004, 07:57 AM
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Should the UK get its own forum?

Do you think that -- purely in terms of tourism -- the UK is sufficiently popular and seperate from Europe as a whole to warrant it's own forum? Personally, I think it might be a good idea.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 08:02 AM
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I think France and Italy are just as popular! If you want to just look at UK posts you can always narrow it down, but I like to look at all of them because i've been to lots of countries in Europe and may be able to answer questions that I wouldn't look at if I were just posting in a UK forum!
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 08:04 AM
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i vote yes....... how about m_kingdom as moderator?
 
Old Mar 10th, 2004, 08:05 AM
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No I don't think any one country merits its own forum. Check the site I would say there is more on Italy and France than the UK.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 08:39 AM
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Don't all the countries have their own forum? If not, what is the reason for the box listing them all?
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 08:48 AM
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No, I don't think it should have it's own forum. Many people are planning trips that include both the UK and other countries in Europe. Separating the forums would serve no purpose.
You can use the search function to narrow it down. Personally, I think I see way more Italy posts than UK posts, but maybe that's because I'm planning a trip to London (it always seems like there's more of the stuff you don't need!).
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 09:05 AM
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I think it will become very messy for us tourists who arrive in London and then continue on the continent.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 09:09 AM
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This has already been tried a couple of years ago. I think there was a separate forum for Italy, France, and UK. There was an overwhelming response from posters to change back to current format because many threads combined questions and information on countries and anyone looking for information on multiple countries would have to keep changing forums. Therefore, the fodors editors return the Europe forum to it's original and present format.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 09:16 AM
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every 5 or 6 months someone asks this. It really wouldn't work because so many people visit multiple countries, or fly through multiple countries, or want to know which of several countries would be the best place to go. (Actually from a thread-volume persepective - Italy has the most activity here - far more than the UK.)

jsmith: No, there are not different forums for each country. Clicking on a specific country simply lets you easily search for threads about it. All threads are actually lumped together on the same general "Europe" board.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 09:19 AM
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pdxgirl - You are not imagining anything. There are definatly more Italy related post than any other country. That said, I don't think Italy posts need to be segregated.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 09:27 AM
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I'm with jsmith. And no-one seems to have responded to his point. (See above). So what if people are going to multiple countries? As jsmith said, they're all listed separately anyway, as separate forums, and last time I went I clicked on each country in turn to gather info.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 09:32 AM
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I agree that it should remain as it is. Not only to look up multiple European destinations, but other continents - and its all right here under one roof so to speak
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:09 AM
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I would rather see Hawaii split off from the US forum.

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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:10 AM
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twoflower: please see my post above. Each country does NOT have its own forum. There is only one "Europe" forum which can be searched for threads IF the original poster remembered to click on a specific country before they posted.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:15 AM
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Keith-

I am with you on that one. Afterall, HI is 3000miles from the mainland...
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:28 AM
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The European countries don't have their own forums but there are individual forums for the USA, Australia and Canada.

I know lots of people travel on to other countries but it did seemed to me that there was a lot of UK-related posting, as well as quite a number of UK locals on the site, and that it might be an idea to have one focussed forum for Britain. I seem to recall hearing some stats about the UK being the largest tourist destination in Europe too, so maybe there is an argument there?

Anyway - just a suggestion.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:44 AM
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A lot of people didn't like that when they tried it, so they returned to one Europe forum. Some of it wasn't so much that a topic may cross boundaries, but that many people who use this board like to read a variety of topics and it's easier to have them in one place than having to search multiple forums. Also, real general topics tend to disappear (ie, the chatty ones). Whether you like that or not, is a diff. issue, but it does happen.

It always surprises me how many people don't understand that there are no separate country forums. Just look at the left page -- do you see anything but "Europe" at the top of it? no, you don't. The only way you get posts for only one country is by deliberately filtering the others out by using the search box. So why do so many people thing there are separate forums, I don't get it. For "indexing" or catloguing purposes, Fodors wants posters to select a topic when they start a post, but that is just to catalogue it for the search tool. If you put it in the wrong place, it stays in the wrong place.

I don't really understand why anyone would think having UK separate is a good idea or what difference it makes. It wouldn't solve anything. If you don't want to look at other posts for expediency, you can do that right now with the search tool.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:47 AM
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Strongly negative on separating any country out.

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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 10:56 AM
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According to the World Tourism Organization, the top 15 most visited countries are:

1. France 75,500,000

2. U. S 50,900,000

3. Spain 48,200,000

4. Italy 41,200,000

5. China 31,200,000

6. United Kingdom 25,200,000

7. Russia 21,200,000

8. Mexico 20,600,000

9. Canada 20,400,000

10.Germany 19,000,000

11. Austria 18,000,000

12. Poland 17,400,000

13. Hungary 15,600,000

14. Hong Kong 13,100,000

15. Greece 12,500,000

Tourism in the US has gone down 17% because of all the 9/11 restrictions (no fun to visit); down only 3% in all Europe; and UP in the Middle East (no surprise that Middle Eastern men feel more welcome in the Middle East than, especially, in the US).

I offer only statistics. No opinion.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 11:01 AM
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Despite that the UK is quite popular, I dont think that it will be interessing after awhile..How many times you can ask about places to see in London or other cities, or about Scotland etc..,
much better keep it with the Continent Forum..
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