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08 November 2012 09:13
The Romanian tourist board claims the country has links to British royalty
The Romanian tourist board hopes to boost its UK visitor numbers after tracing apparent links between the British Royal Family and a notorious historic figure. Travel officials in the eastern European country claim Vlad the Impaler, a tyrant who gave inspiration to the legend of Count Dracula, is an ancestor of British royalty. It has been confirmed that the Prince of Wales's great-grandfather's cousin Marie wed Romania's crown prince and ruled the country following the First World War.
The Romanian National Tourist Office announced the links at World Travel Market (WTM) in London, in the hope more British people will visit Romania. Romania had already seen 7% more British visitors in the first quarter of 2012 than it did during the same time the year before, with 118,000 people visiting overall in 2011. Flights to five cities in Romania are available through British Airways, while Romanian Airways offers flights from Heathrow and Bristol.
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