Japan visitors to donate on visits to English Lake District
Japanese visitors to the popular English holiday destination, the Lake District, are from this year being asked to donate five pounds to help with conservation efforts, organisers have revealed.
Tens of thousands of Japanese tourists flock to the mountainous region every year, attracted by its natural beauty and links to children's author Beatrix Potter, creator of "The Tales of Peter Rabbit."
Visitor payback schemes have run for some years to cope with the damage caused by millions of visitors to the region every year, but this is believed to be the first to target one specific nationality.
Conservation charity Nurture Lakeland, which devised the scheme with the Lake District Japan Forum, said the money -- which amounts to 7.5 dollars, six euros -- would be collected by tour operators.
"The money will then be used for conservation work and environmental improvements around Lake Windermere," a popular holiday spot in the region, said the charity in a statement on its website Sunday.
After making a contribution, Japanese visitors would receive a Peter Rabbit badge, added the conservation group.
Many Japanese tourists head for Potter's former properties, Hill Top Farm and Yew Tree Farm, where many of her books were set.
© 2010 AFP