Saturday snippets: 13th April 2019

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With Easter fast approaching – although it is very late this year and I have seen to have been seeing Easter eggs in the shops since Christmas so it looks as though it always been just about to occur – it looks as though there will be a very busy time for airports. In March many airports announced that they had seen a record number of passengers going through their doors so the Brexit effect isn’t kicking in yet. Now that there will be no disruption over Easter, there may be a sudden rush to book a getaway for the four day break.

Will we stay at home or go away this Easter?

On the other hand, the Welsh Tourism Alliance believes that there will be a boom not just at Easter but throughout the summer. At a meeting yesterday it is reported by news media that bookings at caravan and campsites were up on this time last year. B&B’s were also doing well. Is it the same case throughout the rest of our countries? I rang a couple of parks in Cornwall and they also said that business was better than this time last year so perhaps this will be another good year for domestic holiday companies.

Will 35 Great St Helen’s near London’s Liverpool Street station become a future tourist magnet? This is the address – now an office block – that one academic says was where Shakespeare lived from 1597 to 1598. How long before a blue plaque s affixed to the building?

From cruise agency Cruise 118, comes some research suggesting people may be more adventurous in their choice of cruises. The traditional seven day Med cruise around the Spanish and Italian coastlines with a glance at some Greek islands might be falling out of fashion. The research suggests that Sri Lanka, Oman, Alaska, Japan and the Polar regions are attracting more interest.

Meanwhile another survey – this time from Icelandair –  says that millions of Brits admit feeling ‘under pressure’ and even ‘stressed’ when planning holidays due to the sheer volume of recommendations they are given by friends, family, TV and social media. Around 40%  claimed that this can take away the enjoyment of searching for and find the perfect getaway. A further 43 per cent said they have felt ‘worried’ about missing out on experiences during their holiday as they try to tick off everything on their lengthy to-do list. The study also found fake reviews have affected how trustworthy advice is, with 60% being more aware of them today than they were five years ago, resulting in four in five trusting reviews less. The most reliable sources, the survey says, as friends and family.

In the Italian city of Genoa, there are only a few days a year when it is possible to visit some of the palaces and stately homes. Called Rolli Days, this year from the 3rd until the 5th of May, you can visit these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among them is the Abbey “del Boschetto” to the west of the city centre where a long and extensive restoration has just been completed, the Certosa di San Bartolomeo di Rivarolo Carthusian monastic complex, built in 1297, the Villa Del Principe, San Luca church and the Banca Carige Art Collections.

Jet Airways, the privately owned Indian airline that has flights from London has cancelled its international flight programme according to news media. When I checked on their website for the flights leaving the UK, I found that they were listed as cancelled. The airline has a codeshare with Virgin Atlantic so any readers flying to India on a Virgin ticket should check to see whether it is on a Virgin or a jet Airways flight. If in doubt contact the company that sold you the ticket. There is no press release by the airline on what is happening so whether this is the end of Jet’s international flights or just a hiatus whilst restructuring and refinancing takes place is unknown. UPDATE: 17 April 2019 – Jet Airways has now cancelled all flights both domestic and international.

Another airline story, this time about Level. This is a low-cost airline owned by IAG (which owns Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia and Vueling) Based in Barcelona, it seemed that the airline would just fly within mainland Europe but now it will start a service from Luton to Amsterdam and complement Vueling which also operates on the same route. Why would you do that some people have been asking? Why not just one airline and develop other routes? It could be that IAG is trying to find out which economic model works best for them. In the meantime passengers have a choice.

Finally, Flybe franchise partner Blue Islands will operate new services from Guernsey to Southend and Liverpool this summer. A daily Southend service will start on May 20, while a twice-weekly Liverpool flight will start on May 21, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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