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We can go to the Canaries!

Oct 23rd, 2020 | By
Lanzarote

The travel industry got a real dose of adrenalin yesterday when the Canary Islands were removed from the list of places that we couldn’t visit.



Lockdowns and holiday travel rights

Oct 22nd, 2020 | By

Four of the big companies, British Airways, easyJet, Jet 2 and TUI have announced they won’t charge change fees.



Airport COVID-19 testing

Oct 21st, 2020 | By

Passengers could pay the money across and find they will still not gain entry.



Forget autumn breaks

Oct 20th, 2020 | By

With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, half-term and autumn breaks seem off the agenda.



Yucatán re-opens

Oct 19th, 2020 | By

Although Mexico remains on the Irish and British government’s “don’t visit” list which effectively stops visiting travelling there, the state of Yucatán has re-opened to visitors.



He’s not ‘batting for the industry’

Oct 18th, 2020 | By

If anything the role of any secretary of state is to go into bat for all electors and the population as a whole and how transport affects them.



You’re worth about £50 each

Oct 17th, 2020 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

Why can’t the rulings about data breaches always include a compensation sum to the people affected?



Weekly holiday review: 16th October 2020

Oct 16th, 2020 | By

This will be the last weekly update on holiday possibilities just because it is looks irrelevant for the foreseeable future.



Which are the safest countries to drive in?

Oct 15th, 2020 | By

The UK has 2.6 deaths per 100,000 of population and Ireland 2.9. Only Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden have lower figures.



Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020

Oct 14th, 2020 | By

The annual prize has been a muted affair this year with probably very few people even aware that it was still running.



Where’s the inventiveness?

Oct 12th, 2020 | By

For us to have a break be it a day out, a weekend-break or a longer holiday, travel companies are going to have to be a bit more inventive otherwise they may go under.



Who isn’t confused?

Oct 11th, 2020 | By

Science drives my thinking too and my thinking is I am too confused by all this creation of confusion to do anything about travelling at all.



Fancy Mauritius? Then face the hurdles

Oct 10th, 2020 | By

Either you want visitors in which case you have to make travel and entry a little easier or you refuse entry to visitors for a bit longer.



The Simon Calder rumpus

Oct 10th, 2020 | By
pier in Aber

Calder’s reaction has been much more thoughtful and responsible that mine might have been.



Weekly holiday review: 9th October 2020

Oct 9th, 2020 | By
the harbour in Kyrenia

Following is news from some destinations Britons and Irish visit Cyprus – The authorities in the north of Cyprus are allowing arrivals from the UK. You must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (done between 0 – 120 hours prior to the time of the flight) on arrival. You must then enter authority-assigned quarantine facilities for 7 days. A second PCR test will be carried out at the end of the quarantine period. All travellers should be aware that if other passengers on your
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Regional restrictions

Oct 8th, 2020 | By
Berlin Reichstag

The travel industry has urged governments to support regional no-go areas rather than blocking off whole countries. This thinking grew in intensity after the UK blocked the whole of Portugal rather than the regions where the pandemic was strongest. So the Algarve, the Azores and Madeira suffered from not having British tourists despite having a low incidence. The same happened in Spain where the Canaries and the Balearics had few cases compared to the mainland. Now countries are opting for more regional targeting so Britons
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Gatwick clobbers drop-off passengers

Oct 7th, 2020 | By
the south rreminal at Gatwick

At present the airport – and all airports – ought to dreaming up ideas to encourage us to use them not trying to drive us away.



National Customer Service Week

Oct 6th, 2020 | By

Communication with customer seemed sadly lacking. That is what travel companies need to learn



Saving Venice

Oct 5th, 2020 | By

The rest of us will have more confidence that the Venice that has attracted tens of millions of us to visit will be around a bit longer.



Worth saving?

Oct 4th, 2020 | By

There are thousands of Victorian buildings, and thousands more of buildings from previous times but are they worth saving?



Is China a model for leisure travel?

Oct 3rd, 2020 | By
Time for a trip to Tenerife?

Last week, the World Aviation Festival was held. Usually thousands meet to discuss everything from airports, airlines, retailing to passengers, sustainability and green flight plans, trading, passenger satisfaction and expectations and problems. The problem this year is the virus and how to navigate through it. China was the first nation to be severely hit by the virus, the first to impose what seemed then to be drastic measures to curb it and the first to come out of it. Since that time, it appears they
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Weekly holiday review – 2nd October 2020

Oct 2nd, 2020 | By

Poland and Turkey are now off-limits. But Scottish residents won’t have to quarantine on return from the Azores and Madeira



Has COVID-19 affected your travel plans?

Oct 1st, 2020 | By

When we last conducted this survey at the end of May, the response was so significant that other travel and news publications ran the story.



Renewing travel insurance

Oct 1st, 2020 | By

But from now on it has become doubly important that you check your policies to make sure that you are covered for at least the following which all related to the coronavirus;



Deterring vandalism

Sep 30th, 2020 | By

Perhaps each site should have a stone where people can carve their initials.



‘Travel the world. Make a difference’

Sep 29th, 2020 | By

At any other time I would be a supporter of such a view, my long-held thoughts being that travel does indeed broaden the mind



Confident about going abroad?

Sep 28th, 2020 | By

This survey reinforces the fact that confidence is going to be a major hurdle to overcome.



Today is World Tourism Day

Sep 27th, 2020 | By
Image of West Lake

This year there seems to be no reason to celebrate travel, just to remember how it was and the many people who have lost their jobs.