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This season’s pantomimes

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Here is a list of some of the pantomimes this festive season. The legendary Berwick Kaler make shis final appearance this season (after 40 years) at the Theatre Royal York.

Why do hotel guests steal?


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What we don’t know is whether guests actually stole these items or whether they just “walked.” That we will probably never know.

About railways – again!


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Readers may be bored if I mention it again but how can rail fares continue to rise when the service is so lamentable?

The dark side of Dubai


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There’s another side to the City of Gold says Kaye Holland

Travelling with large passengers


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The time has come when a sensible debate needs to be had about airline seat sizes.

Saturday snippets: 8th of December 2018


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Lapland doesn’t exist according to some people. On the other hand Hogwarts and Gotham City do. One report says that we will also spend less on Christmas this year. Adrian asks if this is humbug!

Cardiff Airport trials new scanners


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Passengers walking normally through security would no longer need to take off coats and jackets, or remove personal items such as phones.

Being first


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This morning I am giving you a year’s notice of what will potentially become one of the Australia’s top tourist attractions. Today booking opens for a brand new luxury holiday.

Saturday snippets: December 1st 2018


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Helsinki cathedral

After Brexit there will be flights to counties; some have been already agreed. Other items catching Adrian’s eye include a virtual reality Helsinki, airline seat sizes, Zambia fake news and the Mary Rose

Unhashtag Vienna


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The Austrian capital city, Vienna, has campaigned in the UK (actually just London) to convince visitors to forget selfies and take fewer photos while in the city. But isn’t that what visitors do? Take pictures. Hundreds of them!

Skiing at Whistler this winter


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Like all ski resorts, a continuous programme of upgrades and improvements is needed in order to encourage people to return or go there for the first time in preference to going somewhere else.

Kamakura, City of Samurai Soul


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Never heard of Kamakura? You may not have done but you will certainly be aware of the importance of the city when I mention to you that it is forever linked with the samurai.

On the Arcadia art trail


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What surprised me was the vast numbers of people who had taken time out from the weekends to venture into a hot sun to visit this trail.

How was 2018?


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It appears that tourism this year wasn’t quite as good as in 2017. Having said that it looks like growth will be up by about 5%.

It’s panto time. Why do you go?


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Do you visit pantos for the “names” or the stalwarts who make the shows hum? It doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy them. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without visitig at least one.

Best new openings


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Just because you’re a seasoned traveller doesn’t mean you have any reason to get jaded in 2019. There are plenty of exciting new openings coming next year to inspire you to plan your next trip…

Should you book with Thomas Cook?


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Despite what trendy management gurus say, there is still a big demand for package holidays – it is just not as big as it was.