A new venture has been launched to encourage more people to enjoy Birmingham’s most unique areas and, at the same time, give them the opportunity for a privileged glimpse ‘behind the scenes’. ‘Alternative Tours’ aims to attract organised groups to both the Jewellery Quarter and the Balti Triangle.
In the Jewellery Quarter, bespoke tours will be offered including a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a working jeweller or manufacturer as well as visits to some of the area’s many museums, galleries and historic trails. In the Balti Triangle the tours will include a cookery demonstration as well as, of course, a genuine Birmingham Balti.
For more information on the tour options visit www.alternativetours.co.uk The two people behind the venture are Anna Gibson and Andy Munro.
Anna, who has worked with businesses for many years marketing the Jewellery Quarter, said ‘We’ve gained a vast reservoir of knowledge and contacts working in both areas with the added benefit of gathering an absolute treasure-trove of fascinating facts. We think that it’s about time visitors realised the uniqueness of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and Balti Triangle which can be a wonderful alternative to the City Centre offer’.
Anna Gibson has worked for many years in the destination marketing of Birmingham and in particular has focused on Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. She has been instrumental in marketing the area, organising events and hosting Press and VIP visits as well as marketing individual businesses. This has given her a unique understanding of the area and a creative approach. Anna is also a professional photographer.
Andy Munro was born and bred in the Balti Triangle and published a best selling Balti Guide. He is now championing the Birmingham Balti and has submitted an application to the EU for TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) status. He also worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over ten years leading the renaissance of the area and has spoken at a number of international conferences on its regeneration.