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Don’t make fraudulent claims

Jun 23rd, 2017 | By

Nobody wants to stop legitimate travel insurance claims. But the last nine months or so has seen an explosion in those people claiming fraudulently.

Tourism and the Queen’s Speech

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By

The government announced that there will be a Travel Protection Bill which, it says, will improve protection for holidaymakers by updating the UK’s financial protection scheme for holidays.

Air Departure Tax: Who Benefits?

Jun 21st, 2017 | By

Yet again we have a report that rehashes old ideas, presents few new ones preferring to rely on hoary old arguments instead.

Guernsey for a holiday?

Jun 20th, 2017 | By

The Channel Islands get overlooked by some holidaymakers. They aren’t really like going abroad because, well they are British. Except that holidaying there is not really like staying at home and yet it isn’t really like France or Spain. Listen to the Guernsey patois, largely French but largely unfathomable to the average visiting French person, and you will realise that although your money has the same value and you have shops with recognisable names it is different. So why do the islands appeal to such
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Taking babies on holiday

Jun 19th, 2017 | By

Research, commissioned by Luxury Family Hotels, suggests that 40% of responders said that they would wait until their child was at least three months old before they would travel.

The Harry Potter anniversary

Jun 18th, 2017 | By
Goathland station on the NYMR

Apart from the fact that heritage railways are popular in their own right, a link to the Harry Potter stories makes them doubly interesting as visitor attractions so the railway is celebrating the anniversary as well.

Working holidays

Jun 16th, 2017 | By

Could some of charities and organisations be on the verge of competing with small, niche holiday companies?

The growing importance of Dublin Airport

Jun 15th, 2017 | By

Dublin Airport has now become the biggest economic powerhouse in the whole of Ireland.

Who do you believe?

Jun 14th, 2017 | By

It all goes to show that there is no standard way of deciding “best” or “worst.” Passengers will remain confused whilst so many organisations provide conflicting results.

Holiday belt-tightening

Jun 13th, 2017 | By
Gwithian Beach in Cornwall

Maybe the evidence from TUI and Travelodge just shows that we are unsure about the future. As are the tour operators and, incidentally, the politicians!

Is tourism slowing?

Jun 12th, 2017 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

In the first quarter of 2017, there was a worldwide increase of just 1.8% international visitors. Why so little an increase?

Dog-friendly tourism awards

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

The awards are the idea of Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition and reward those organisations in Pembrokeshire, a county where tourism and staycations have a more than average importance.

Politicians and tourism

Jun 8th, 2017 | By

Tourism will not win or lose elections nor will it ignite passions in the hearts of politicians so that they will refuse to join a government or bring it down.

Edinburgh in 101 objects

Jun 7th, 2017 | By

About four years ago I wrote a story about the fad of travel stories being based on choosing only the top five or top ten ideas. My objection was that I wanted to know what was number six or number eleven because those were the ones that people wouldn’t see so there would be fewer crowds around. There is the other extreme. It was fashionable a decade ago to wrote books about 1,000 places to see before you die. They can still be seen in
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It ain’t necessarily so

Jun 6th, 2017 | By

To suggest that householders are discriminating whether it be blatantly or unintentionally is galling and insulting to the vast majority of people who place their accommodation for others to rent.

A new national park in Scotland?

Jun 6th, 2017 | By

One wonders why the SNP government cannot support the idea of more national parks and more Scottish economic growth particularly at a time when the EY Scottish Item Club says that the Scottish economy is showing signs of slowing faster than the rest of the UK.

Enough is enough

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

With these words the UK prime minister, Theresa May, might be indicating a response to the terrorist attacks that the UK has faced over the last three months.

Today is UNESCO World Heritage Day

Jun 4th, 2017 | By

Today is UNESCO World Heritage Day. Given the destruction by ISIS at Palmyra and at other Middle Eastern sites it is important to remember what we have lost and give thanks for what we still have and still have to discover.

Giving thanks to volunteers

Jun 2nd, 2017 | By

Volunteers’ Week started on June the 1st and the purpose is to celebrate the difference volunteers make to every community across the country! Just about Travel salutes you

The Guggenheim in Bilbao

Jun 1st, 2017 | By

The opening of the Guggenheim Museum twenty years ago has transformed visitor numbers to Bilbao. Now about a million people will visit the museum alone.

Going to the “Trad?”

May 31st, 2017 | By

It is claimed that the world’s largest gathering of traditional river craft will be at Henley on Thames this year at the Trad – Thames Traditional Boat Festival. It will over the weekend starting Friday, the 14 of July.

Claiming for travel sickness

May 30th, 2017 | By
The Caldera Palace Hotel on Crete

There has been a lot of news lately about the unfounded claims about illness whilst on holiday made by some people. Now, one hotel in Crete is counter-suing a couple.

Is the “Mail on Sunday” scaremongering?

May 29th, 2017 | By

Rather the Mail on Sunday should have said that any country was a potential target and urge its readers to be vigilant and careful when the holiday wherever they go.

When IT fails…

May 28th, 2017 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

I suspect that a problem of the size that occurred yesterday can never be adequately handled by training and customer service manuals. Passengers will never be totally satisfied when a problem of this magnitude occurs.

Are all-inclusive holidays value-for-money?

May 26th, 2017 | By

It looks as though all-inclusive holidays are not good value for many people who take them because they spend unnecessarily and they would probably be better off by booking an ordinary holiday rather than an all-inclusive one.

In support of Manchester

May 23rd, 2017 | By

Today, Cory Jobe – the Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism – sent out his weekly tourism newsletter. He began, not by noting something about Chicago or Illinois, but by reference to the cowardly attack on children, teenagers and their parents at the Manchester Arena yesterday evening.

The Liverpool tourism awards

May 21st, 2017 | By

Last Thursday, the Liverpool Regional Tourism Awards 2017 were distributed. These awards are run by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Combined Authority.

Being “squashed” in airline seats

May 18th, 2017 | By

If Mr Taylor’s case is successful it mmight make the airlines think again and give us sufficient room for health reasons as well as comfort.