What’s hot: June 2012

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Kenya and Kazakhstan are both back on the map for all the right reasons but it’s bad news for BMI Baby and Barbados’ Almond Village Resort

HOT


Using your mobile abroad
As of next month, you will be able to make calls from an EU country, check Facebook or the footy scores – without forking out a small fortune. Calls costs will fall from around 30p to 24p while sending a text message will drop to just 7p. And by 2015, the gap between domestic and foreign rates will be almost zero. Huzzah!

Art for exhibitionists
Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art has begun holding nude guided tours – we kid you not! Melbourne artist, Stuart Ringholt, says that he aims to “remove the material barriers between artist and audience.”

Volcanic thrills
Hands up who wants to see inside a dormant volcano? The inner cavity of Iceland’s Thrihnukagigur, which has been for 4,000 years, will be opened to visitors from June 15. The world’s first tour inside a volcano will take place for just six weeks and will cost from £180 per person. For the full low down, visit www.insidethevolcano.com

Kenya is back on the map
The Foreign Office has downgraded its warning for travellers to Kenya saying: “We no longer advise against all but essential travel to all coastal areas within 150km of the Somali border.” However Kiwayu where Brit Judith Tebbut was abducted by pirates in September 2011, remains off limits.

Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s foreign minister, Yerzan Kazykhanov, has thanked Sacha Baron Cohen (creator of comedy character, Borat) for kick starting his country’s tourism industry. “I am grateful to Borat for helping attract tourists to Kazakhstan. With the release of his film, the number of visa issues grew tenfold,” Kazyhanov told Kazakhstan’s national parliament.

NOT

Paying the price of a club sandwich in Paris

Here at CD-Traveller towers we’re rather partial to a club sandwich – a winning combo of chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo. But not so much that we’d cough up £33.44 – the price of a club sandwich in some five star establishments in the French capital. The cheapest place for a club sarnie? Take a bow New Delhi, where the average cost is £5.91.

Barbados’ Almond Beach Village Resort
The three star Almond Beach Resort – long a favourite Barbadian bolt hole for British families – has closed its doors, resulting the loss of some 500 jobs. Customers who have booked a break at the Almond Beach Village Resort could and should contact its UK office on 0844 411 7181.

Goodbye BMI Baby
Low cost carrier BMI Baby will close in September after International Airlines Group (its parent company) proved unable to find a buyer. Managing director, Peter Simpson, said: “We sincerely apologise to all customers affected, and we will provide full refunds and do all we can with other airlines to mitigate the impact of these changes.”

Cruising
Thanks to a series of cruise ship disasters (step forward the Costa Concordia Costa Allegra and Azamara Quest) the cruise industry is struggling to, ahem, stay afloat. Cue: a cornucopia of cruise lines are discounting prices heavily in a bid to boost business. Case in point? A 16 night cruise around the Med aboard P&O’s Ventura has been cut from £2,108 to £1,399 with the website, www.cruise.co.uk.  Sea you there?!

Carry on charges
Allegiant Air has become the second American carrier to charge for hand luggage. The Las Vegas based airline plans to follow in the footsteps of Spirit Airlines and charge up to $35 (£22) per bag. Eeek. It is not known whether British low cost airlines plan to take similar action.

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