What’s hot: October 2012

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month business class passengers, Barcelona FC and boozy Brits are all generating media inches

HOT

A safer Laos
Laotian authorities are cracking down on illegal drugs and dangerous watersports in Vang Vieng, following a series of backpacker deaths. 20 western tourists died in the northern resort in 2011, while six have died this year.

Singapore
The Lion City is roaring once more in the wake of William and Kate’s recent visit. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge explored sights such as the Gardens by the Bay, which features an orchid named after Princess Diana. The young Royals sojourn to Singapore is part of a wider programme of royal visits, designed to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


Brazilians making a beeline for Florida

Brazilians are flocking to America’s sunshine state in their droves.  Visit Florida reports that 41 per cent more tourists flew to Florida from Brazil in 2011 compared to the previous year. And, in light of President Obama’s announcement earlier this year to make it easier for overseas visitors from South America to get a visa to holiday in the US, the number will surely only grow.


Saying hello to Hainan

The Chinese island of Hainan – often referred to as the eastern Hawaii – could and should become one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, says the ays the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). “No other destination in the world has attracted such huge investment, including virtually all the leading hotel brands,” comments WTTC president David Scowsill. Thinking of heading to Hainan ahead of the crowds? Check out CD-Traveller’s article on the island oasis here

Flying business class
Business class travellers will soon be able to ‘fast-track’ their way through border control at Heathrow and other British airports. The move is designed to keep queues -down during busy periods.


Only Girls Aloud for Barcelona FC

The world’s biggest football club, Barcelona, has requested an all female flight crew. The request isn’t – as you might think – because the Barcelona stars want to gawk at the gorgeous female flight attendants. Rather it’s down to the fact that the male attendants tend to be starstruck by the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, and ask for autographs at every opportunity!

 

NOT
Rip off wifi charges
Is it the beginning of the end for rip off hotel wifi charges? Here at CD-Traveller towers, we’re crossing all our fingers and toes that’s the case following the announcement by Accor – one of the world’s biggest international hotel groups – that it plans to stop charging customers for Wifi in 500 of its properties. Here’s hoping that Travelodge, Hilton and Marriott (who currently charge £10, £15 and £26 per day), follow suit soon.

Surfing in the Maldives
One of the Maldives’ most popular surf spots – Thanburudhoo Island – has been leased to Telos Investment for £3.1m. The Singapore based company plans to develop a boutique resort on the island.


Cruising around Egypt and Tunisia

Cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Cunard and Holland America are cancelling stops in Egypt and Tunisia, where there have been violent protests against the American amateur film The Innocence of Muslims. However the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not imposed any restrictions on travel for British holiday makers.

Boozy Brits
Sixty per cent of UK travellers have admitted to drinking more on holiday, than they would at home according to a poll by TripAdvisor. 28 per cent of Britons confessed to downing five or more alcoholic drinks every day while abroad. By contrast, only a quarter of Italians drink more on holiday than they do at home.
The survey also showed that 58 per cent of Britons admitted gorging on food while on their hols.

 

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