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The biggest “hotel” chain in the world

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

It took hoteliers decades to become as big as they have become. It has taken Airbnb less than ten years to achieve this success.

Drinking on planes and at airports

Aug 15th, 2017 | By

Surely the first thing is to establish which flights, which time of day, which airlines and which airports are involved and then apply appropriate measures.

Why Croatia appeals

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Tvrdava sv. Ivan, Dubrovnik

I have speculated as to how long Croatia can continue to see the double digit growth in British holidaymakers. But the growth just grows and grows.

The Turkish revival has started

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
poster of Turkey saying expect more

Britons feel more comfortable about holidaying in Turkey again and by the end of 2019, it wouldn’t surprise many if a British surge had occurred.

Do you check-in online?

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
an airport queue at Gatwick

Given the pressure by airlines for us, it seems surprising that 48% of us aren’t checking in online for one reason or another.

The golf courses of the Costa Daurada

Aug 9th, 2017 | By

In conjunction with the Federation of Hostelry and Tourism in Tarragona, here is a run-down of the golf courses in the Costa Daurada.

Would you fly on a plane with no pilot?

Aug 9th, 2017 | By
passenger flight delay compensation

Technically it is feasible. From a practical standpoint, I don’t think the world is ready for this.

Anti-tourist feeling in Spain

Aug 8th, 2017 | By

It would seem that tourists in certain destinations will have to put up with this annoyance which isn’t anti-British just anti-tourist.

The rise and rise of Dubai

Aug 7th, 2017 | By

We are still attracted by the attractions of Dubai which saw a 4% increase in the number of Britons travelling there in the first six months of the year.

Ryanair to have new seating

Aug 6th, 2017 | By
ryanair new seats

If new Ryanair planes will all sport a 32inch seat pitch, then that will be – says seatguru – three inches shorter than some of the planes they currently operate!

Fancy grilled lionfish?

Aug 4th, 2017 | By

Is this too adventurous for me? Should I stick to cod and chips from my local chippie!

Rock paintings found

Aug 3rd, 2017 | By
rock painting of a hand

According to the ABC, a huge find of aboriginal rock paintings in the Wardekken area of Arnhem Land has been made. And by huge I mean an estimated 30,000!

Where’s the planning?

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
an airport queue at Gatwick

Passengers will accept additional security measures as necessary. What they won’t accept are delays when the authorities should have known about the likelihood of delays and planned accordingly.

How big should an airline seat be?

Aug 1st, 2017 | By

Should minimum seat sizes be mandatory and decided by medical staff rather than bean counters or aircraft designers?

Primera: a low-cost, transatlantic entrant

Jul 27th, 2017 | By

Primera, another Scandinavian airline is entering the low-cost transatlantic market next April to join Norwegian.

A beach stroll in Albufeira

Jul 27th, 2017 | By

Albufeira is one of the most popular destinations in the Algarve for British holidaymakers.

Tunisia is open for British visitors

Jul 26th, 2017 | By
tunisian stand at Manchester Destinations show

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office lifted the ban on travel to most parts of Tunisia this afternoon.

Is there a future for supersonic travel?

Jul 26th, 2017 | By
passenger flight delay compensation

At present the University of Westminster is trying to assess the future demand for supersonic travel. You can help my clicking here or going to

The new Unesco World Heritage listings

Jul 25th, 2017 | By

Here is a lsit of the new sites that were granted UNESCO World Heritage Status recently.

Meeting Kermit and Miss Piggy

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

There are 47 puppets on view including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favourites.

Using TripAdvisor

Jul 23rd, 2017 | By

If the company has less confidence in reviews then surely it is now only another online booking engine, one of many.

The busiest day of the year

Jul 21st, 2017 | By
queues at Heathrow

You may not have heard of NATS but for every holidaymaker flying out of UK air space they are vital as they are the provider of air traffic control services. And today they say that it will be the busiest day ever in the skies above the UK. They expect to handle a record breaking 8,800 flights in and out of the country just today. During the summer NATS expects to handle more than 770,000 flights, an increase by 40,000 from last year. That 5.2%
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Meet Trainy McTrainface

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

It goes to show that sometimes the general public can be a sandwich short of a picnic or, to put it a little bluntly, daft.

The mobile library in the sky

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

The airline is making books available to its younger passengers because the airline says that parents of 8-14 year-olds believe that children are reading less than when they were kids.

Protecting your mobile on holiday

Jul 19th, 2017 | By

Whilst cyber attacks can take place virtually anywhere in the world, a recent study by Keeper Security finds that two of our favourite holiday destinations – Spain and Portugal- are where the threat is highest.

The Jane Austen influence

Jul 18th, 2017 | By

Today is the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the most well-read of all novelists.

The next capital of culture

Jul 17th, 2017 | By

Looking at the remaining five, Stoke-on-Trent might be considered the strongest runner as its cultural heritage can be seen in museums and galleries around the world.

Ae you a “champer?”

Jul 16th, 2017 | By
Inside of a church with beds for champing

Champing is overnight camping in a church. Not just any church. You can’t pop into Westminster Abbey or York Minster and ask the rates for camping overnight.