What’s hot: September 2012

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Birmingham has been given a boost but British cuisine hasn’t fared so well

HOT
Ikea Hotels


Scandinivian furniture company, Ikea, has unveiled plans to open 100 low cost hotels across Europe. Word is that Ikea is also planning to build a series of student residences. Watch this space.

Cornish pasties on the go
Millionaire pasty maker, Ken Cocking, is to open the world’s first pasty drive thru in west Cornwall on the site of a Vauxhall dealership on the A394 outside Helston. Cocking is clearly missing his pasties having sold the West Cornwall Pasty Company for £40m back in 2007.

Birmingham

Usain Bolt, has given Birmingham a boost. The Olympic legend who was based in Birmingham ahead of last month’s games, is on record as saying: “The Birmingham people were extremely great to us. Thank you guys – you helped us come out here and do our best.”

Gawping at Giglio
Giglio – the site of the sinking of the Costa Concordia – is experiencing a surge in tourism. Visitors are keen to snap the submerged ship which sank in January, killing at least 30 people. “There has been a rise in the number of tourists coming for the day, with curious people talking photos of the giant sprawled on the rocks,” commented Giglio mayor, Sergio Ortelli.

Easyjet made easy
From Autumn, all Easyjet flights will have allocated seating meaning the scramble for a half decent seat on the orange hued aircraft will soon be a thing of the past. Specific seats can be selected from £3 upwards; alternatively a seat will be assigned for free.

NOT
Solo trekking in Nepal

Trekking by yourself in Nepal has been banned following a series of assaults on travellers. Nepalese government officials have announced that tourists keen on trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas must now be accompanied by at least one guide.

Leaving your smartphone on while abroad
Consumer group, Which?, is warning those who own smartphones to turn off data roaming before leaving the UK, switch off their answer machine and only used their phone abroad in emergencies. Fail to do so and – if you’re travelling outside of the UK – you could find yourself facing a huge bill as apps and emails use up data. Eeek. The message? Only use your phone abroad in emergencies.

Calling customers “mate”

Virgin Australia cabin crew have been instructed to stop calling passengers “mate”. The Aussie flight attendants have also reportedly been asked to take grooming classes and learn about wine appreciation in a bid by Virgin, to overtake rival Quantas.

Hurricanes
The Caribbean could be hit by as many as 17 major storms in the remained or the current hurricane season, which runs until November 30. Upto eight of these storms could become hurricanes, according to the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

British cuisine



British cuisine has failed to make a list of top 10 foodie destinations. Italy’s food was voted the best, with France not far behind. China, India and Thailand also made the culinary top 10.

 

 

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