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“We do believe visitors should pay their fair share.”

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This was a comment made last week by Kelvin Davis, the New Zealand tourism minister as his country agreed that they would introduce a $NZ35 levy on most visiting tourists.

A right Russian rigmarole


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Russian visa applications are notoriously complex but the pay off is worth it, writes Kaye Holland

Has the aviation industry gone too far?


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As more and more airports introduce charges for just dropping off passengers is this man’s attitude an indication that passengers might be reaching the limits of the patience with the way that the aviation industry is fleecing passengers at every opportunity?

Brexit overload


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It all seems like one long drawn-out East Enders plot with everybody lurching from one mess to another with none of the cheery win-through attitudes. Come to think of it East Enders doesn’t have that either!

How long will we remember?


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How long will it take international visitors to forget this unusual spasm of bad weather and once again put any of these destination on the list of future holidays?

Is the CAA right?


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Ryanair plane ascending

Judges ruled that the airline was not liable to pay out compensation under EU261 for flights cancelled due to strike action. The CAA says that UK passengers are entitled to pay-outs of at least €250. Is the court right or is the CAA?

Saturday snippets: 13th October 2018


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the Acropolis at night

Destinations are pointing out what a good summer it has been for them. But a VAT increase in Ireland may deter UK tourists from visiting the Republic.

Goodbye Club 18-30


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Maybe the times have changed. Maybe there is no place for Club 18-30 in today’s holiday world.

Ferries on the Thames


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This year it will carry 4.2 million commuters and tourists and routes include Putney to Canary Wharf, Battersea Power Station to London Bridge and the London Eye to the O2 and on to Woolwich Arsenal.

Stonehenge is 100


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image of Stonehenge

English Heritage is inviting people to join them at the stones on Friday 26 October 2018 and over that weekend for a few days full of celebration and surprises.

Poás Volcano National Park re-opens


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The Poás Volcano National Park was one of the biggest national and international tourist attractions until it was closed. Now the tourist authorities will be hoping that it reclaims that status after such a long closure.

Austria’s Tirol gets ready for the ski season


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This summer the Austrian Tyrol has spent time and money on replacing and updating its chair and ski lifts.

Lions re-locate to Malawi


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Strange as it might seem, this African country that abuts South Africa had no lions left on its lands up until recently

Staycations decline


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Blackpool Tower

I suggested that people might be taking both an overseas holiday and a short breaks in the UK. But Holiday Habits suggests that the number of Britons taking a holiday in the UK has fallen from an average of 2.1 to 1.8.

Holidaying abroad but spending less


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The report tells us that Spain and Portugal remained popular which will surprise absolutely no-one. But holidays in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria became much more popular.

Post-tsunami volunteering


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Stephen Phelan shares a memorable experience from the road

Swimming with whales


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Jean-Bernard Carillet shares a remarkable experience from the road