What’s hot: September 2014

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month it’s all about holidaying with his Royal Highness, Prince Harry, and hanging out in the Peninsula Paris – Paris’ new super-hotel

 

HOT
Becoming au fait with Anne in Amsterdam
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Anne Frank, aka Amsterdam’s most famous heroine, has got her own gig. ANNE – based on the teenage diarist’s uncensored diaries – now has a long term home at The Amsterdam Theatre with a multilingual translation system. See www.theateramsterdam.nl

 

Holidaying with Prince Harry
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The results are in and we all want to holiday with Hazza! A survey conducted by British Airways Holidays reveals that most of us would like to holiday with the young Royal followed by Stephen Fry and Holly Willoughby. British Airways Holidays also posed the question to five-to-12 year olds. Both sexes hailed Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham as their dream holiday dates.

 

London
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Woop woop! The capital has been name the “world’s favourite place to visit” – and not just by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. The MasterCard Global Cities Index Report reveals that London will welcome 18.7 million visitors (including tourists and business men) in 2014 making it the world’s number one place to visit ahead of 2013’s winner: Bangkok. Bottom line? London is on top of the world.

 

Camden Market to get a makeover
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Staying in London, Camden Lock Market is set to have a £20 million makeover in an attempt to attract Londoners back to the historic market. The owners want to overhaul the area – which has a reputation as a tourist trap – and transform the market into a traditional arts and craft centre that locals will like. In a bid to achieve this, the Urban Market Company plans to double the enclosed area, increasing trading space by 15,000 square feet.

 

Plush Paris
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Searching for the perfect property in Paris? The 200 room Peninsula Paris could be it – providing that is, you have a deep, deep pockets. Hong Kong’s Peninsula group has lavished a whopping £670m on its new Parisian outpost – that works out at around £3.35m per room! The Peninsula Paris certainly has the wow factor: 20,000 pieces of gold leaf have been applied throughout the hotel while the chandelier in the reception area boasts 800 hand blown glass leaves. Other assets include a rooftop restaurant and bar named L’Oiseau.

 

Grimsby
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Sacha Baron Cohen – better known as Borat or Isla Fisher’s other half – has chosen Grimsby as the setting for his new film all about an eighties football hooligan. But locals are concerned that Cohen will portray Grimsby – which they claim is an “up and coming area” on the silver screen as a less than attractive place to live. Watch this space.

 

Reduced roaming charges
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Hands up if you’ve had a great holiday, only to return home to find a sky high phone bill waiting on your doormat? Yup – us too. Which is why we’re loving Roamer. The new app allows you to link your regular mobile number to a local SIM card, thus charging you local rates to make calls and crucially access data. Roamer (roamerapp.com) is available in 200 countries including Turkey, Thailand, America and Australia.

 

NOT
Valencia’s central market
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Food sellers at Valencia’s central market, which first opened its door back in 1928, claim that they are being overrun by holiday-makers who tend to look but never buy. The stallholders at the market – one of the oldest in Europe – have tasked the council with finding a solution and believe that an entry fee for non customers could be the answer.

 

Ebola
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The Ebola crisis has been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organisation. Ebola causes bleeding, fever and central nervous system damage. Currently there is no cure although supportive care can assist recovery. The current fatality rate is reportedly 55 per cent. However the WHO hasn’t called for an international travel ban and has urged airlines to restore flights to affected west African countries to avoid further damaging their already weak economies.

 

British Airways
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A British Airways air hostess says that an oil spill that seeped into ventilators during a flight from Heathrow to Newcastle on 28 June, left cabin crew unable to work for weeks. The problem was caused by oil dripping into a motor at the rear of the plane and caused the flight attendants to complain of dizziness. A BA spokeswoman confirmed that while some of the cabin crew were affected, the passengers, co-pilot and captain were all fine.

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