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Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD Traveller tells you what’s happening in the travel world

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Saying “I do” in Bermuda
The Bermuda Tourist Authority has announced it will give free flights to any couples willing to have their wedding on the island this summer. Bermuda has been badly hit by the downturn in US tourism, so the promotion aims to attract British couples away from more traditional Caribbean venues. To qualify, couples must organise official weddings on the island between May and October this year. For more details, email ukweddings@bermudatourism.com

E-guides
Save yourself lugging a guide book around on a city break and instead download a free ‘We ♥ city’ postcard from www.canoestudio.com. Each printable guide is the size of a postcard, with enough suggestions on where to eat, drink, shop and play to keep you busy for two or three days. So far, they’ve got Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Tokyo, Venice and Zagreb covered. Barcelona and Berlin are soon to follow.

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Greycations
Forget staycations: 2010 is all about greycations – a term used to describe a vacation where three generations of a family stay together. According to a survey by Holiday Firm, Park Resorts, an estimated 2.7 million families are planning to holiday in the UK this year with children, parents and grandparents all in the same resort. Researchers say that the total has soared this year owing to the rising price of foreign holiday and the opportunities for sharing costs on a greycation.

Manna Pools
Plans to build a hotel in an African beauty spot have been shelved following protests from conservationists, the UK’s Ethical Tours Operators Group (Etog) and the public.
As we reported last month, the 72-room hotel was to be built on a pristine wilderness site on the Lower Zambezi, 500 yd from the Unesco World Heritage Site at Mana Pools. Withdrawing the planning application, South African-owned Protea Hotels said: “It does not suit us as an organisation to build any structure that will impact negatively on the ecology in that area.”

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Holidaying in Harrow?
It’s not the obvious choice for a week-end get away but apparently Harrow is a happening holiday destination – or so the council would have you believe. The suburbs of north-west London are marketing themselves as a weekend break destination, complete with the borough’s own postcard featuring pictures of Morris dancing, maypoles, daffodils …and a cream cake!
Council leaders are hoping tourists might be wooed by Harrow’s attractions including 27 parks, nature trails, views of London and British heritage. Michael Lockwood, chief executive of Harrow council, explains: “We want to offer the ultimate week-end break that’s low on travel, easy on the pocket and big on the best of Britain. Harrow delivers on all three. We believe Harrow’s unique history and offer of a week-end get away, without really getting away, makes it a great place for a traditional British holiday.”

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Rio de Janeiro
Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue has been closed because of damage to access roads from heavy rains. Workers are labouring to remove thousands of tons of dirt, rocks and other debris. The city said the work could take as long as six months.

SeaFrance
Cross-channel ferry operator SeaFrance has warned it is “on the eve of death” with debts totalling E183m (£160m). Its chairman, Pierre Fa, said the shipping line will work with administrators to produce a workable plan to maintain services. If no such plan were forthcoming, “we will close”, he warned.

Liquid bans
Brussels has had enough of binning sunscreen and tasting baby milk: liquids will be allowed in passengers’ hand luggage by April 2013, says the European commission, which warned airports that technology capable of detecting liquid explosives must be installed before that date. The ban first came into force back in 2006.

BA
2010 looks like being an anus horribilis for beleaguered BA: the airline has been voted the world’s worst airline in a survey of Sunday Times Travel readers. The British National carrier topped the poll with 39% of the votes, followed by Virgin with 10%. Of the foreign carriers, Air Mauritius, Emirates and Iberia were the three who frequently incurred readers’ wrath.

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Thailand
British tourists have been warned to avoid travelling to Thailand as violent political protests by the Red Shirt movement erupted into running battles that resulted in the death of a soldier and left 18 wounded. The Foreign Office said: “”We advise against all but essential travel to all parts of Thailand. This advice reflects our concern that violence could break out during the increasingly volatile political crisis.”

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