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Flying with an emotional support pet

May 20th, 2018 | By

For a start goats won’t be allowed. Other creatures banned include insects and hedgehogs (surely not the easiest animal to carry) and barred are any animals with tusks or horns so a highland calf is an obvious no-go!



Visiting the Highland Games

May 18th, 2018 | By

One of the first Highland Games of the year happens this coming Sunday at Gordon Castle in Fochabers. In only eight years this family oriented highland gathering has developed so that it attracts about 10,000 people.



Wow Air looks east

May 17th, 2018 | By

This could be the next big development in opening up more skies to competitive pricing. It could also give existing airlines that are already in financial jeopardy like Air India big headaches.



International Museum Day

May 16th, 2018 | By

It looks as though we just don’t celebrate the day. But what we do celebrate at the same time is Museums at Night.



10,000 hotel rooms in the city you have never heard of

May 15th, 2018 | By

The Mall of America is very popular with British tourists. In fact we make up the largest contingent on non-North American visitors



Wales Tourism Week

May 15th, 2018 | By

Perhaps next year, we the tourists will be remembered in not just Wales Tourism Week but that held in Scotland as well and that they both take a leaf out of Visit England’s book and arrange more consumer events.



Is this the end of Club 18-30?

May 14th, 2018 | By

Could Thomas Cook be misreading the situation or not packaging the type of holidays that Club 18-30’s want? Or is the brand really past its sell by date?



The carbon footprint of global tourism

May 13th, 2018 | By

The authors conclude that, “due to its high carbon intensity and continuing growth, tourism will constitute a growing part of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.”



Merthyr Tydfil – a major tourist destination?

May 11th, 2018 | By

If successful, such a site would do more to regenerate this part of Wales than anything else so far considered. It would also create a reminder of the international importance that Merthyr once had in industrial development.



The world according to TUI

May 10th, 2018 | By
a beach in the Canary islands

The tour operator, TUI released is results and outlook yesterday with bookings across the group up by 5.5%.



Cultural ambassadors?

May 9th, 2018 | By

Last week in the Scottish parliament, Rachel Hamilton MSP asked the government to do more to encourage regions to appoint cultural ambassadors to play key roles in supporting and promoting tourism throughout Scotland.



Ending rail fare anomolies?

May 8th, 2018 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The Rail Delivery Group which represents the train companies, Network Rail and even the RMT union called for change as did the Campaign for Better Transport and Transport Focus. Everyone wants change it seems. But why has it taken so long for them to realise it?



The moaners are out

May 7th, 2018 | By
Bournemouth beach

But I’ll remember the day that a bank holiday was what it was supposed to be – a great day to get out and enjoy our countries.



Visit Dundee and crowdfunding

May 6th, 2018 | By

With a big splash, VisitDundee was launched in late March this year, as a new tourism venture to promote the city as a short break destination.



Developing Heathrow

May 4th, 2018 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

Arora has come up with an alternative development plan which costs about the same as that now proposed by Heathrow itself after it decided to shave £2.5 billion from their original plan.



The British affair with Ras Al Khaimah

May 3rd, 2018 | By

That the emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, claims an 18% increase for the first quarter of the year in British visitors is no great surprise. After all, up until a few years ago many British people hadn’t even heard of the destination. Then some aggressive marketing by the tourism authority and some investment in headline getting attractions – the longest zipline in the world – began to put it on the holiday map and Brits began to holiday there. Hotel occupancy rates were as high as
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The Shoshone Falls

May 2nd, 2018 | By

You might also call Idaho -this Pacific north west state – the forgotten state when it comes to British holidaymakers because not that many people think of holidaying there.



Where does the money go?

May 1st, 2018 | By

I am beginning to wonder just what information the Department for Culture etc, (which as readers will know is where the tourism minister hangs his hat) Visit England and Visit Britain do hold.



Trying to fool us

Apr 30th, 2018 | By
bemused cartoon figure

As Just about Travel has written on more than one occasion, treat any review with caution.



TUI says “Draw your holiday.”

Apr 29th, 2018 | By

If you travel with TUI to Rhodes or another of their Sensatori resorts this year then don’t be surprised if the rep turns around to you and invites you to draw the different experiences you have had on your holiday.



The new package holiday laws

Apr 27th, 2018 | By

In July, new regulations come into being which will provide greater protection to many but not all holidaymakers.



20mph in central London. What a joke!

Apr 27th, 2018 | By

It took 37 minutes at ten fifteen in the morning to get from Euston just as far as Aldwych on a number 59 bus. The distance is under two miles.



Want to be a travel guide for six weeks?

Apr 26th, 2018 | By

If you can go away from the 1st of June until August the 6th then Icelandic low cost airline WOW air is offering a summer job for one lucky pair.



Politicians and the “Airbnb model.”

Apr 24th, 2018 | By
poster advertising Mallorca

Palma on the island of Mallorca, and a very popular destination for British holidaymakers, is to ban flat owners from renting their apartments to travellers as from July 1st,



Turkey is the people’s choice

Apr 24th, 2018 | By

The announcement in Thomas Cook’s Holiday Report 2018 that Tukey is outselling the Canary Islands will surprise many holidaymakers.



Arundel Castle is 950 years old

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

This year Arundel Castle celebrates the 950th anniversary of its initial creation and it is still a home lived in by the Dukes of Norfolk,



Should I thank him?

Apr 22nd, 2018 | By

As with most councils, Highland Council claimed lack of funds to fill in the potholes so Mr Armstrong, having suffered vehicle damage due to unrepaired potholes, has taken it upon himself to fill them in.



Avoiding airport delays

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
flight delays

One of the things that infuriates is late flights. But knowing that some airports tend to always have late flights makes me look at alternative airports.