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Can Durham Tees Valley Airport have a future?

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Research from Consumerdata, a specialist travel consultancy, suggests that those people living in the Teeside area are 10% more likely to fly than some other areas in the north east.

Passengers don’t care


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Ryanair plane ascending

It is been a complete waste of time since nobody seems to have taken any notice of it at least any meaningful way.

Edinburgh council and how it interprets surveys


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tourist buses

I like the way the BBC wrote up the results of the public consultation that the council in Edinburgh undertook about its proposed £2 tax a night on hotels.

Encrypting sensitive information


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In future I should like to know that places at which I stay will be as data secure as they can be and that checks are in place to confirm that this is so.

Venice and the day-tripper


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The target of the fee is cruise passengers which, the local council and many locals argue, bring people in for the day and yet contribute little in the way of economic benefit to the city.

Forgetting Brexit


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Time for a trip to Tenerife?

If the markets don’t seem unduly concerned should holidaymakers and travellers be so?

No seats, use the floor


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As the plane was almost full, some of the family sat in crew seats for take-off and landing but claim that they sat on the floor for some of the journey.

Saturday snippets: January of 12th 2019


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Adrian thinks he has only seen the sun twice since Christmas so Grenada and Toulouse are more appealing than some of the news that is around at the moment

Goodbye to diesel trains?


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Alstom and Eversholt Rail have suggested the design of a new hydrogen train.

Bringing in the new year in Rio


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In Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the new year is brought in by what is claimed to be the biggest outdoor party in the world on Copacabana Beach.

A petrol tank as a post box!


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One bush property had an old petrol (it might have been diesel) tank that acted as its letter box.

Its the “Year of…


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The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared that it will the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean. In Wales it is the Year of Discovery.

A day in … Miltenberg


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Reza visits Miltenberg, a town that looks like it should adorn a chocolate box or a Christmas card!

Being wary


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Check to see if the organisation offering the holiday let is a member of any trade association. If it looks to be so, check that the trade association exists in the country concerned.

Time to book that holiday?


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ATOL

Deal with a company that is bonded so that you don’t lose it if a problem concerns. Buy your trip on a credit card (not a debit card or with cash) so that you have redress in case of an issue and perhaps, most importantly, take out travel insurance.

Where the experts holiday: Vivian McCarthy, director of Acacia Africa


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Vivian McCarthy, director of Acacia Africa (adventure tours experts specialising in overland African travel) shares his travel highs and lows with Just About Travel readers…

Hot tips for 2019


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We start our survey of what the industry “experts” suggest by looking at ABTA, the main trade body for the British travel industry, and what it thinks will be the top twelve destinations to watch over the coming year.