It's frustrating getting invited to fun events and not being able to go. I've just turned down the chance of a day in the Windsor Racecourse's grandstand hospitality suite. There is a complimentary bar, a three-course buffet lunch, a club enclosure badge and a racecard. And of course the chance to watch lots of horsies racing. But I won't get any of it, because I have committed to do something less interesting on that day. Grrr!
Why Press Events?
The purpose of such events is to fix a destination in the writer's mind, and hopefully give them an article idea or two.
Often, I have to say, it doesn't work - but in this case, I'm happy to mention Tourism South East, the sponsors of this event. I may be missing out on the races, but I love S.E. England and this consortium is taking a positive attitude to recession, with a very good section on their site about bargains
Despite all this, my experience has been that people are snapping up good local accomodation and attractions even without the special offers. Quality winning through, perhaps? I hope so.