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You’ve all done very well!

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What the tourism minister wants is for us to spend more when we visit Scotland and to “spend in the appropriate places and in the appropriate ways.”

Tourism or trade?


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Many destinations would move heaven and earth to attract more cruise ships yet Dublin is suggesting the opposite. Is it due to tourist pollution in the centre of Dublin? No – Brexit.

What is more important? A cruise company or the passenger?


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If I had booked a cruise I would rather it visited the ports as advertised and which had prompted me to book it rather than re-route the vessel taking me somewhere I might not want to go?

Fifteen awards and no satisfaction


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There is one glaring omission in the Visit England awards: not a single one for customer satisfaction or service.

Belfast and Ryanair


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APD has become a useful red herring to hide behind when commercial reality shows that Ryanair has got its calculations wrong.

Dreamland Margate reopens – and it’s free!


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Dreamland Margate has announced that it will be free to enter during its 2019 opening season. The “opening season” is defined as running from the 6th April to 24th May.

Meals on planes


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Stansted airport has come up with a sandwich which, it claims tastes better at altitude. It is aimed at people like me who are either unwilling to pay for meals on flights or reject the taste of them.

Beds for economy class passengers


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Thomas Cook Airlines have come up with answer for economy class passengers. From May 13th they will have “sleeper seats” on long-haul flights.

Airports winning for customer service


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How did European airports fare in the awards? And how did holiday destination airports win?

St Patrick’s Festival


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Although St Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, we are right in the middle of the four-day St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.

Parc Astérix is 30 and Astérix is 60


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As long as I can remember, Astérix and his bumbling crony Obélix have been around.

Cherry blossom in Canada.


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Unlike many countries where the cherry blossom is over all too briefly, Canada provides the opportunity to see if over a few of the late Spring months.

More British visitors will travel to Arizona


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This isn’t a forecast by the state’s tourist authority, its mine but I’m pretty sure it will be accurate.

Where the experts: Robert Godwin, MD of Lamington Group


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Robert Godwin, the brains behind room2 (an independent ‘hometel’ brand) talks travel

Time to end APD?


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Devolving APD away from Westminster will only cause strife if any nation alters the rate at which APD is charged.

Greece prepares for Brexit


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Greece has a special website with a question and answer format to allay doubts and to demonstrate that visiting the country will remain pretty easy.

Motorhomes and caravans are booming


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Despite the dislike of campervans and caravans suggested by people like Jeremy Clarkson, it looks as though 2019 will be a strong year for this section of the tourism industry.