An island closer to France than to England, but part of the British Isles.
It’s home to miles of tunnels built during World War II, but built by German soldiers rather than British soldiers.
It also has lower taxes than the UK and has its own fiscal rules.
The island of Jersey in the English Channel is only five miles long and nine miles wide, but there’s a lot for visitors to see, according to Amanda Burns, CEO of travel agency Visit Jersey.
“We’re packing a pretty big punch,” Burns told CNBC by phone. I was.
About 120 miles from England and 14 miles from France, Jersey attracts tourists who come by ferry or short flight to the island.
English is the predominant language spoken, but Jersey has its own language, which is not used anywhere else in the world. Known as ‘Jersey French’, Gerrier was developed over the centuries and is still used on the island today.
Recent tourism campaigns highlighting Jersey’s character have made the island’s mainland European influence an attractive point.
“Curiously Brit…(ish)” is how the campaign describes the island.
Visitors are also encouraged to explore Jersey foods, such as island potatoes called Jersey Royals.
Potatoes can only be bought in Jersey or mainland England. Although it has no official ties to the British royal family, the Jersey Royals had a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). PDO is the label he has given by the EU to foods that have the strongest connection with where the food was manufactured. Since Brexit, potatoes have been included in a similar UK programme.
Jersey Royal Potatoes are only available in Jersey and mainland England.
Source: Visit Jersey
Jersey business owner Marcus Calvani set up a company in the oddly shaped Jersey Royals that didn’t meet sales standards.
“It takes 11 kilos of Jersey Royale to make one bottle,” says Calvani. “It has a beautiful mouthfeel…a kind of silky consistency. And the weird thing you get from it is a hint of honeydew melon vanilla on the nose.”
Calvani borrows its name from the original nickname for the potato, the Jersey Royal Fluke. It got its name in the early 19th century, when farmers were experimenting with growing vegetables after the decline of cider orchards. The bottles will go on sale at luxury department store Harrods later this year, and he costs about £50 ($61) a bottle.
Is Jersey part of England?
The short answer is no, but it’s a “British royal dependency.”
- The relationship is described on the British Royal Family website as follows: [the] Channel Islands, Isle of Man. A Crown Dependent is not part of the United Kingdom, it is a dominion of the British Crown. ”
- The Channel Islands formed part of the Duchy of Normandy in the 11th century. Normandy is a region in northern France ruled by Henry I since 1106. Today, Queen Elizabeth II is known as the Duke of Normandy on the island.
- Jersey is a self-governing body with its own rules and management system. Although not part of the United Kingdom, the British government is responsible for defending the country and maintaining international relations.
history and hogwarts
Jersey became a royal dependency in 1290, shortly after the construction of Mont Orgueil Castle on the east coast of the island.
Burns described it as a “Hogwarts-like castle”, referring to the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter franchise. It sits above Gorey Harbour, which Burns called a “spectacular and iconic place”.
The 800-year-old Castle of Mont Orgueil in Jersey. In the foreground is The Moorings (blue building).
Source: The Moorings, Jersey
The island is also home to ancient ruins, and in July the Prince of Wales was ordained patron saint of Lacotte de St. Brelade, a settlement in southwestern Jersey that was inhabited by Neanderthals up to 250,000 years ago.
Most recently, Jersey was occupied by the Germans during World War II — the only part of the British Empire taken over by the Nazis — Underground tunnels that travelers can visit.
The tunnel was built to protect German forces from Allied air raids. Some are open to the public from his March to his October.
Another feature of this tiny island is the cheerful rivalry between East and West, according to hotelier Islyn Jones, who runs The Moorings Hotel and Restaurant with her husband Matthew near the castle of Mont Orgueil.
A port in St. Aubin, Jersey, located in the southwest of the island.
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“The island is largely divided into ‘East’ and ‘West,’ so people either love the East or the West,” she said. “What is really different is the natural environment. [about] Wide open barren sand dunes…On the other hand, there are many cliffs and woodlands on the east side. ”
St Owens Bay, which spans much of the west coast, is popular with surfers, while Premont Bay in the north reveals sandy beaches at low tide.
With much more sunshine than the mainland, Jersey has traditionally attracted families wanting bucket and spade beach vacations and seniors looking for a relaxing stay. But Visit Jersey is also keen to attract younger visitors, or “moment makers,” who tend to document their trips on social media, Burns said.
Jersey is known for its seafood such as lobster and oysters found in St Owens Bay.
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According to Barnes, they reach an “aspiring audience.” “That audience is much larger, but the competition is actually more intense.”
Fluke’s Calvani, who operates several eateries in Jersey, said the types of travelers coming to Jersey are changing.
“We’ve seen some young, short-stay urban visitors,” he said. and play a little golf… stay a couple of nights, then go back to their room. [city] Flat. “
eating and drinking
JB’s Brewhouse, a craft brewery, barbecue smokehouse and one of Calvani’s restaurants, attracts visitors from far and wide, he said.
“Americans who come to JB’s find it very funny that we’re smoking like Texas cowboys and eating little Jersey cows,” he said.
Business owner Marcus Calvani runs JB’s Brewhouse in St. Helier, Jersey, a bar and restaurant that sells Texas-style barbecue.
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Burns says young visitors also enjoy summer barbecues at Faulkner Fisheries, which was started in 1980 by Jersey resident Sean Faulkner. Local scallops, lobster and oysters.
On the west coast of the island is The Atlantic Hotel, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Collection. The hotel’s chef, Will Holland, is a celebrity who has appeared on British TV cooking shows.
The Portelet Bay Cafe serves pizza and seasonal fare to those descending the cliff steps. St. Helier, the island’s largest town, is home to Bohemian Restaurant, which has been Michelin-starred for 17 years.
Jersey is often considered a tax haven — residents pay only 20% income tax, compared to up to 45% in the UK.
According to the Jersey government website, the island also has an “expensive residency scheme” for those who “comfortably” earn more than £725,000 (about $875,000) a year. If participating in the program, income above this level he will be taxed at 1%.
There is also no business tax in many areas, with exceptions including financial services companies, which are taxed at 10%, and utility companies, which are taxed at 20%. This is in contrast to the UK where corporate tax is currently 19% for all businesses.
Jersey cows are characterized by thick, creamy milk.
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According to business agency Locate Jersey, the financial industry employs about a quarter of the island’s workforce.
Still, the island’s government website says the cost of living “can be high compared to other countries”. , the average UK price was £277,000.
Cost is an issue for Calvani, which provides housing for some of its staff.
The marina of St. Helier, the financial center of Jersey. The island is known for its preferential tax treatment for residents and businesses.
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“We have just welcomed three new staff members from Kenya,” he said. “They have a great education and years of experience. [but] Containing them is a big problem. ”
After working with Disney and others in the US, he said he sees Jersey as one giant “theme park.”
“There are two entrance gates at the airport and the port…there are bed and breakfasts and hotels, St. Helier’s main retail centres. [and] A lot of attractions,” he said.