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Saturday snippets: May 20th 2017

May 20th, 2017 | By

Last year saw more Britons travel aboard for over ten years.And more holidayed at home making 2016 a bumper year for travel.



Saturday snippets: May 13th 2017

May 13th, 2017 | By

As the Luther Trail opens in Germany is is both National Ferry Fortnight and Welsh Tourism Week. To top it off, seasiding is coming to the fore!



A day in…Machynlleth

May 8th, 2017 | By

Adrian travels to the small town of Machynlleth, once the site of Owain Glyndŵr’s parliament and today the gateway from the south to Snowdonia and near to a site in which ospreys are nesting after a gap of hundreds of years.



Saturday snippets: May 6th 2017

May 6th, 2017 | By
hump back whale

Adrian ends the week happy that a Rubbish Party candidate was elected in Scotland, more hold baggage is not getting lost on planes and that private detectives are deterring touts from advising holidaymakers to make bogus insurance claims.



On the street where you live

Apr 29th, 2017 | By

When Lerner and Lowe wrote this song for My Fair Lady in the 1950’s, they had no idea that some of the lyrics could just as easily fit with another street, one called Karl-Marx-Straße (or strasse) in Potsdam.



Saturday snippets: April 29th 2017

Apr 29th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

A museum of ice-cream, another about Dr Seuss, Bexit, being a gin ambassador and new flights to Russia attract Adrian’s attention this week.



Saturday snippets: April 22nd 2017

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By

With a general election called, will VAT and APD charges become an issue? Adrian also looks at touriswm on the Thames, in Durham, Leeds and Chicago whilst wondering what will happen to the street vendors of Bangkok.



Saturday snippets: April 15th 2017

Apr 15th, 2017 | By
Windsor Bridge in Gibraltar

This Easter there are many visitor atractions re-opening as well as Tate St Ives, the new Museum of Iron at Ironbridge and Guernsey’s Little Chapel. Whatever you are doing, enjoy yourselves.



Bored with cruising to the same old places? Try Lake Malawi

Apr 15th, 2017 | By

A cruise on the Ilala is so different that, until you try it, you won’t realise that such an old-fashioned romance with boat and sea still existed.



In the footsteps of Hannibal

Apr 9th, 2017 | By

When the FCO ban is lifted, a visit to Carthaginian and Roman sites in Tunisia that recall one of the great ancient civilisations should become part of of everyone’s bucket list.



Saturday snippets: April 8th 2017

Apr 8th, 2017 | By
Uganda gorillas

Tall ships in Greenwich, a pygmy tribe in Uganda and a possible reduction in the number of properties in Menorca are some stories capturing Adrian’s attention this week.



Saturday snippets: April 1st 2017

Apr 1st, 2017 | By

Being April Fool’s day, I have resisted the temptation to try and fool you. Instead boring things like VAT, travel insurance fraud and the Battle of (the) Womens Path will have to do.



Saturday snippets: March 25th 2017

Mar 25th, 2017 | By

Next week, Alaska celebrates 150 years as being part of the US. India and Vietnam celebrate more British visitors and Glaswegians celebrate a new way to pay for their travel tickets!



Recognising customer service in travel

Mar 21st, 2017 | By

Over the years, by my reckoning, we have written 104 stories about customer service and satisfaction. When a story appears there is reader comment yet the industry seems to shy away from extolling their successes in delivering customer service and satisfaction.



Saturday snippets; 18th March 2017

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
steam train on the NYMR

A new low- cost airline – Level – launches, there are re-openings of museums and its nearly cherry blossom season.



Toys dressed up as customer satisfaction

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

I must look in Hamley’s or ToysRUs to see if there is an age recommendation before I buy one for my grandchildren to play with next Christmas.



Saturday snippets: 11th March 2017

Mar 11th, 2017 | By
Trabant bearing the words I love Berlin

I am back from Berlin. Just. I managed to get out just before the airport security staff strike began. here’s a round-up of some of the week’s happenings



German and British holiday patterns

Mar 9th, 2017 | By
supermarket holiday brochures

Each German adult and child spent 20 days on average holidaying in 2016. They are the world champions of travel.



Saturday snippets; 4th March 2017

Mar 4th, 2017 | By
Rolling Stones exhibition poster

Canada, Croatia and Geneva all announced that more Britons were travelling there. New York expects fewer of us and Egypt seems to be trying to deter us from holidaying in the land “where it all began.”



Saturday snippets: 25th February 2017

Feb 25th, 2017 | By
barbados beach

Belly-dancing in the Scottish style, treasure hunting in Scunthorpe and avoiding Luton Airport by going to Southend are a few of the things on Adrian’s agenda this week.



A day in…Melrose

Feb 25th, 2017 | By
daffodils in Melrose

Adrian visited Melrose in the Scottish borders last March to see the daffodil display. As the flowers come into bloom, here’s his tale of spending a day there.



A new tourism excursion

Feb 19th, 2017 | By

In just four months’ time, Dubai says that drones will be in service in the city. But these drones won’t be taking aerial pictures for photoshoots or monitoring traffic movements they will be carrying people.



Saturday snippets: 18th February 2017

Feb 18th, 2017 | By
Time for a trip to Tenerife?

Tenerife, Jamaica, Dubai and Singapore are all seeing more British and Irish visitors. That is providing they aren’t trying to get there via Gatwick and using Southern to catch their planes. Yes the strikes at Southern look set to continue!



Saturday snippets: 11th February 2017

Feb 11th, 2017 | By
aerial image of Maldives

No beer or sausages on Friday as the Germans try to persuade Adrian and others to write about Germany. What is the world coming to?



Saturday snippets: 4th February 2017

Feb 4th, 2017 | By
aruba

Security concerns at Cambeltown Airport, taxes, sales and St Bernard’s seem to be to the fore this week. Luckily it is time for the comedy festivals to come along and cheer me up!



Saturday snippets: 28th January 2017

Jan 28th, 2017 | By
Uganda gorillas

In Dublin for Holiday World, Adrian reflects on the differences in consumer travel shows on both sides of the Irish Sea and awaits the arrival of a gorilla in Trafalgar Square.



Saturday snippets: 21st January 2017

Jan 21st, 2017 | By
hoardings at Piccadilly Circus, London

Caravans, Piccadilly Circus, playing in a steel band from Tobago and Tunisian holiday interests are some of the items catching Adrian’s eye this week.



Saturday snippets: 14th January 2017

Jan 14th, 2017 | By
skiing

Stonehenge, Club 55, Star Wars and medical assistance abroad compete with children’s attitudes to holidays in Adrian’s column this week. And there is the almost obligatory Southern rail story.