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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.

Knowing a foreign language

May 17th, 2017 | By

I think it is polite to know a few words and I feel guilty when I don’t know some of the local tongue. It looks as though many of us are quite happy for those we visit to understand us rather than vice versa.

Premium economy seats

May 16th, 2017 | By

If you are considering paying more to travel premium economy, check the seat measurements with seatguru before deciding whether paying the additional amount is worth it.

Banning personal electric devices in hand baggage

May 16th, 2017 | By

Update: 18 May 2017: At a meeting between the EU and USA officials it was decided NOT to introduce a ban on carrying PED’s as hand language. However other measures may be considered.

Commemorating the written word

May 16th, 2017 | By

Considering that we have one of the foremost literary gatherings in the world and a heritage of writers going back 1,500 years (it seems an omission that no writers museum exists comparable to that opening in Chicago today.

Wrexham and Belfast – as different as chalk and cheese.

May 15th, 2017 | By

This survey says that, overall, Brits rate themselves only as a mildly intrepid. The Scots are the bravest Brits (46%, compared to 33% of English 36% of Welsh, and 11% of Northern Irish respondents.

Are you an MBT?

May 12th, 2017 | By

How can you tell if you are an MBT? Here are the top twenty attributes of being one.

Consumer protection for travellers

May 11th, 2017 | By

Here is a summary of what you can do before you consider buying and what to do if the service or product you buy is not what you consider you have bought.

Let’s all go down the Cross

May 11th, 2017 | By

Tourists flock to the area and the tourist board in Sydney describes the area as “a pulsating centre of performance art, immersive theatre, avant-cabaret, music, cult films…”

Seeing mountain gorillas

May 10th, 2017 | By
Uganda gorillas

It is calculated that the number of mountain gorillas in Africa is about 900 with probably 500 or so in Uganda and the remaining 400 split between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cities are dying from tourism

May 9th, 2017 | By

As chief executive of Amsterdam Marketing, Frans van der Avert claimsthat cities are dying because no-one will living in the historic centres of cities anymore.

Tunisia on the cusp

May 8th, 2017 | By

In a few weeks’ time, the state of emergency in the country ends. Will it be renewed or lapse? If it lapses will the travel advice from the British government alter to say that it is safer to travel to Tunisia again?

Lying about out travel trips

May 5th, 2017 | By
map of New Zealand

In an intriguing survey by MSC Cruises, it transpires that many of us have not been telling the truth about where we have holidayed or travelled. It says that 21% have fibbed about where they have been in the world – with New Zealand, New York, Australia and Rome emerging as popular places we’ve never been to. The survey also considered claims about books that have never been read, foods they claim to have eaten as well as plays and films they have seen. In
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Is Botswana shooting itself in the foot?

May 4th, 2017 | By

From June 1st, Botswana will introduce a Tourism Development Levy on all visitors coming from outside SADC countries.

Barbados comes to London

May 3rd, 2017 | By
Barbados and Liverpool

If you are in London this weekend, head for South Molton Street where the tourist authority for the Caribbean island of Barbados will present a three day, free extravaganza it calls a Taste of Barbados.

Banning British holidaymakers

May 2nd, 2017 | By
poster advertising Mallorca

In order to stop this fraud, the penalties need to be something that will hit perpetrators where it hurts and that might be in their ability to travel.

At the market

May 1st, 2017 | By
hoarding at Pike Place Market

The other thing that I remember about Seattle was that down on the waterfront was Pike Place Market – a large market where I saw and tasted some of the best fish that I have ever eaten.

Are attractions too pricey for the family?

Apr 30th, 2017 | By
Windsor Castle

Future Thinking says that families are the most frequent visitors with an average of 21 trips to visitor attractions or art performances planned this year. But maybe not to heritage sites unless they are to our national museums which are free!

Low cost flights to Asia

Apr 28th, 2017 | By

With the number of low cost flights to North America being announced a little while ago, long haul flight prices to the Far East may also be about to receive a shake-up.

How adventurous are British holidaymakers?

Apr 27th, 2017 | By

Overall, the UK finished in the top ten and Ireland completed the last spot in the top twenty but are we both as adventurous or, as unadventurous, as the figures indicate?

Cornwall is six weeks ahead of the rest of the UK

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
poster for Cornish Summer Time

On May 1st, Visit Cornwall and its members are launching ‘Cornish Summer Time’ (CST) which starts six weeks earlier than ‘official’ British Summer Time.

The Visit England Awards for Excellence 2017

Apr 25th, 2017 | By
aerial view of Waddesdon Manor

Visit England says, “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are different to other quality standards as they recognise and celebrate excellence across customer service and the quality of the experience.”

Customer service wins

Apr 23rd, 2017 | By
A United flight taxing on the runway

Those who fly with United will have a greater influence on how staff will be rewarded. Bad service and bad customer satisfaction ratings should mean lower pay cheques.

Hotel baths

Apr 21st, 2017 | By

Are baths being designed by twenty somethings or fitness trainers who don’t have problems getting into and out of baths?

Why not?

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

On Tuesday, Tim Farron MP asked the Department of Transport what information the Department for Transport holds on the amount of compensation for delayed and cancelled flights. Answer – none.

The waterfalls on Viti Levu

Apr 19th, 2017 | By

Some of these rivers flow through dense rainforest in which you can find waterfalls making it an ideal place to explore.

After United comes easyJet

Apr 18th, 2017 | By

A story about easyJet denying boarding to a couple on an overbooked plane a week ago was not noticed by the press until this week.