Archive for February 2011

Menorca’s Battle Bus Has a Free Holiday Every Day

Feb 28th, 2011 | By

Starting today, in a number of cities throughout the UK you will see the traveling bus promoting Menorca. Menorca has been one of the big winners in attracting us to visit them this year as concern grows about a North African holiday are heightened by media pictures. But Menorca is not leaving anything to chance and its bus to “battle” for our bookings is the way it has chosen.

Is Egypt Rebounding?

Feb 27th, 2011 | By

Some might have have thought it too earlier to notice a rebound in people looking for holiday in Egypt but one supplier is finding that t has started already. At The New York Times Travel Show I found that Zak Fouad of a US tour operator called Signature Getaways was noticing that he was getting more enquiries about escorted tours there. And the enquiries were turning into orders.

Vegging out

Feb 27th, 2011 | By

The City of Gold is yet to go green. CD Traveller reports

CADW and St David’s Day

Feb 26th, 2011 | By

Next Tuesday is the day when Welsh across the world will celebrate their Welshness maybe not with the same marketing skills that has seen St Patrick’s Day take over the world on the 17th of the month but with the same fervour at least. David has been a saint, as recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, for 991 years and March 1st seems to be the date when he died 1,422 years ago

A Day in … Utrecht

Feb 25th, 2011 | By

Amsterdam, the biggest city in Holland is very cosmopolitan as Holly White showed in her take on the city where she lives which appeared earlier this month. It has restaurants of all types of cuisine, indeed down some streets you can find a Burger King followed by a KFC and then a Macdonalds. There are lots of signs in English and English is widely heard because there are so many tourists. On the trains coming in from Schipol to Amsterdam Central you will hear the train guard in four different languages. So is Amsterdam typical of Holland or like many big cities, internationalised? To judge how representative it was, I took a trip half an hour away to the city of Utrecht.

Essex’s Travel & Leisure Show

Feb 25th, 2011 | By

Yesterday I went to the Five Lakes Hotel, Country Club and Spa – to give it its full title – for the tourism and leisure show that was mentioned a couple of days ago. Why? To see what people thought of their local show and how the exhibitors reacted to it.

Saving Hastings Pier

Feb 24th, 2011 | By

You will remember that Hastings Pier was devastated by a fire a last October. Piers are regarded with some nostalgia as things from Victorian times and our childhood. They don’t quite have the same number of followers as steam trains, but followers there are. So from the ashes, so to speak, an appeal is about to be launched to raise money to renovate the pier and bring it back into use. The sum required is relatively quite small at £800,000 and with the backers it has attracted, this should be attainable.

Free Weekend Breaks for Two

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By

They are just some of the prizes on offer tomorrow at The Travel & Leisure Show which is taking place at the Five Lakes Resort in Maldon, Essex. It’s free to go to the show and the organizers even provide a free bus collecting you from Witham station from 9.30 onwards. You can see the web link in our events column.

Killing Time in Congonhas Airport

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By

Airport time is dead time. There’s nothing much to do other than wait and lose hours flying through time zones – or gain more depending on which direction round the earth you’re flying. But in the end, it’s all dead time. My time was lost flying to Brazil from Heathrow.

The Tourism & Leisure Show

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By

Five Lakes Resort, Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex CM9 8HX Free shuttlebus service will run from Witham Railway Station every hour to the Resort from 9.30am. Free admission to all

The Future for BAA

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By

This morning BAA announced its financial results for 2010. It made a loss but the chief executive calls this “robust” and confidently expects to present a “strong increase in profits” this year.
Now let’s get down to the important stuff. How is BAA going to treat its passengers in the future?

Beach bliss in Vietnam

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

Swap Britain’s chills for beach thrills. Now is the perfect time to head to Nha Trang

Holiday Choices for 2011

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

Back last autumn you would probably expect that Egypt and maybe Tunisia would have been hot spots for tourist bookings this year. After the removal of the Tunisian president in January, it was to be expected that there would be a downturn in bookings at least until things had stabilised. The same could be said about Egypt. But as the disruption continues in North Africa and the Middle East, will, tourists be deterred from going to the whole area?

The Longest Holiday?

Feb 20th, 2011 | By

In the US holidays of a week are common. Here the week or fortnight is more like the norm. In winter some seniors go away for a couple of months. But how do you fancy a year long holiday? All in the one place.
One of Sydney’s Sunday newspapers, The Sun-Herald, has reported today that a couple, Chris and Sally Allison, from the Sydney suburb of Mosman liked the place so much that they have booked accommodation for a whole year at a B&B in Rhyl in North Wales.

We Prefer Researching Holidays Ourselves

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Yet another survey.
Its theme is that we only use travel agents sparingly to research holidays for us. Well what a surprise. Half the fun of choosing a holiday or a trip is sitting down and dreaming of some of the places. Only those with no time, no gumption and no sense hand it over entirely to a travel agent.

Postcard from Beijing… no 5

Feb 18th, 2011 | By

Our China correspondent on the pros and cons of using a guidebook in Beijing

Llandysul Gardening Weekend

Feb 18th, 2011 | By

One of the earliest of gardening events on the calendar happens this weekend in the west Wales town of Landysul. Having attracted so many people from quite a distance, Llanysul will probably become a firm early season fixture for people anxious to get out and do something in their gardens but handicapped by the weather we have had.

In Search of the Northern Lights: Day 12

Feb 17th, 2011 | By

There was no call last night. But we shouldn’t be greedy. Seeing the lights over 4 nights – particularly the wonderful display of the night before last – is more than many tourists get. One Norwegian, a regular traveler on the ferry, said that he hadn’t seen such a display on some many evenings for a good while.
Today we reach Bergen at about 2.30pm and the journey will be over.

For Gourmet Cooking: The South West

Feb 17th, 2011 | By

According to the new Lonely Planet edition of its guide to the South west, this region has overtaken the rest of the UK for its culinary appeal. Only London can rival it the guide says. Those of us who have been regular visitors to Cornwall, Devon and Somerset have long known that good food was there to be found in abundance. And not just in Michelin starred restaurants either although the guide tends to highlight these.

In Search of the Northern Lights: Day 11

Feb 16th, 2011 | By

The last but one day of our journey.
When this saga (a good Scandinavian word) began eleven days ago, it was with the hope of seeing the northern lights. To have seen them for 4 nights in a row when so many see nothing of them is great. That we have cameras inadequate to the task of capturing pictures of them is annoying. But then, the colours that the camera show isn’t what the eye sees.

The Oldest Birch Bark Canoe in England?

Feb 16th, 2011 | By

You have until September to visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth where you can see what might be the oldest birch bark canoe in existence.. After then it will be going back to Canada where further research can be done on its origins.

In Search of the Northern Lights: Day 10

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

There are fewer than 200 passengers on board now and even the crew has become a bit depleted. After this voyage ends, the ferry sails to Denmark, I am told, for its annual service. Many of the people who have been here from the beginning have become nodding acquaintances as have the crew. For some we know of their families and jobs, ailments and holiday history. They borrow camera chargers from each other and notices go up seeking this or that item. More got off when we reached Bodo in the wee small hours.

The Terminal: part 2

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

Escaping to sunnier shores with the kids this half term but wondering which airport to fly out from? Make up your mind with our handy guide

Disabled Travellers: Second Class Travellers?

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

Dimitrios Buhalis, mentioned before in CD-Traveller as one of the modern thinkers about tourism, has just edited a book – “Accessible Tourism” – (he writes books like we have hot dinners!) in conjunction with Simon Darcy about the holidaymaker and traveller who is disabled. Were you aware that there are 650 million disabled people in the world? And over 80 Million in the EU?

In Search of the Northern Lights: Day 9

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

People have read their camera manuals. Lots more people were happier with the photographs last night. During the day there had been even more conversations between the camera elite and some had exposure settings down to as little as 4 seconds. But there were moans about those who used automatic cameras and who couldn’t disable the flash. It was claimed that the onset of the flash ruined the shoots being taken by those with the more sophisticated cameras. All this was way over my head so I left them to it.

The Terminal

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

Escaping to sunnier shores with the kids this half term but wondering which airport to fly out from? Make up your mind with our handy guide

The Value of the Tourist Brochure

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

By now, as you consider where to holiday, have a day trip or a short break in the UK next you probably have picked up a bundle of brochures. Some are almost airport novel size in the number of pages they have. Is this necessary? Do we want to wade through a brochure, three quarters of which consists of adverts? Even worse are the ones we collect that seem to be about tourism but are really accommodation listings in disguise

In Search of the Northern Lights: Day 8

Feb 13th, 2011 | By

After the excitement of last night, there weren’t that many people having an early breakfast. When they did drift in the conversation was largely about what had been seen. Or photographed. Hardly anyone has managed to get decent pictures. Those that were the most knowledgeable; those with tripods, were unsuccessful as well as us more amateur ones. Why? Because the motion of the ship meant that they couldn’t get a long enough exposure or steady exposure