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A city turns purple

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By
a jacaranda in full bloom

Most state botanical gardens have a few trees but nowhere has a display quite like Grafton.



Food tourism – Japanese style!

Oct 22nd, 2017 | By

One of the advantages of travel is that it broadens the mind – so it is said. It also broadens the stomach because many of us use travel as a way to try new foods or foods that our restaurants give a ”British” touch to as opposed to what it really tastes like in the place of origin. Since my childhood when meat and two veg ruled OK and the only foreign food we ate was curry, (it wasn’t really foreign since India and Britain
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The Garden of Eden shows signs of life

Oct 21st, 2017 | By

For a small island with as few inhabitants as Dominica, they will need money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Visitors won’t provide all of that but the revenue from tourists will help when the island declares itself open for tourism.



Museums at night

Oct 20th, 2017 | By

Next week is the annual Museums at Night event, a time when you can visit participating museums as they throw open their doors during the night for people to see museums in a different way.



Thomson RIP

Oct 19th, 2017 | By

Yesterday TUI linked the old with the new. Thomson died and the smart customer holiday suggestor was born in its stores. The next step is to see how customers react to both.



Is Airbnb changing?

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

Airbnb has signed a deal with a property developer for Airbnb branded sites. Is it now becomein a property developer? Or a quasi-hotelier?



The chickens come home to roost

Oct 17th, 2017 | By

The judge, as he handed out the sentence, said that those submitting fraudulent claims can expect prison sentences.



Is your holiday destination growing at 6%?

Oct 15th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of Dubrovnik

Tourism figures for the first 6 months of 2017 grew by 6% compared to the same period last year.



Christmas markets in Germany

Oct 14th, 2017 | By

As that time draws near, we have listed as many German Christmas markets as we were able to that are within a reasonable distance from an airport with direct connections to the UK or Ireland.



The uncaring tourist

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

It appears that visitors don’t bother to clean up after their dogs but take the attitude that because they are away from home they can treat the countryside and beaches as though it was someone else’s responsibility.



Remembering Sherlock Holmes

Oct 12th, 2017 | By

Saturday marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.



Can we trust travel companies to know?

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

In the light of the Which Holiday? report, is it time for the CAA to do spot checks on those who are ATOL bonded to compile its own statistics on how companies train their staff?



Where’s the customer service?

Oct 10th, 2017 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

Next year as the World Travel Awards reach their silver anniversary maybe the organisers could remember the missing feature and the person on whom the travel industry relies for its very existence – the passenger, traveller and holidaymaker!



Flying with Pete and Sam

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

Last Thursday, Air New Zealand launched its first ever global brand campaign in the UK. Why mention this when airlines have campaigns all the time? Because in the last few years, the airline has a gained a reputation for unusual and/or amusing releases.  Qantas achieved a difference by linking their safety video with shots of Australia but the leader has to be Air new Zealand and their Middle Earth theme. You you can watch by clicking here. So far it has had over 30,000,000 views
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Does terrrorism deter holidaymakers?

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

A country perceived as being dangerous may not be as dangerous as we think.



The Leading Culture Destinations Awards,

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

The winners of the Leading Culture Destination 2017 awards have recently been announced.



You vote, we fly

Oct 5th, 2017 | By
image of a Eurowings tail fin

This is the slogan behind a promotion for the German airline, Eurowings which has decided to let us, the travellers, vote on which would be the new route.



The new museum at Olduvai Gorge

Oct 5th, 2017 | By

On Tuesday, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania, officially opened the new museum at Olduvai Gorge at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Arusha.



The value of botanical gardens

Oct 4th, 2017 | By

The world’s botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species.



Changing times at easyJet

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By

A few weeks ago, easyjJet announced that it was signing deals with Norwegian and the Canadian airline, WestJet, enabling it to sell tickets to some additional destinations to which it didn’t fly. Now it has announced deals with four more airlines.



The future for holidaymakers as seen by TUI and Thomas Cook

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By

Last week both Thomas Cook and TUI reported. With the demise of Monarch the outlook for the remaining tour operators may have got a little bit rosier. For travellers and holidaymakers I suspect that it will get a little more expensive.



The end of Monarch?

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Image of a Monarch plane

Update: 3/10/2017. Yesterday 12,000 people were returned to the UK on planes chartered by the CAA. A similar number are expected today. Most returning passengers say the systems for getting holidaymakers back home is working.



Heartfelt Messages

Oct 1st, 2017 | By
one of the creators with staff at the national Arboretum

This is the name of a new mass-participation art installation that commemorates the sacrifice made by the British Armed Forces, and their families at home during the Battle of Passchendaele.



Ryanair persistantly misled passengers alleges CAA

Sep 28th, 2017 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Mishandling the whole problem, as O’Leary sees it, seems to put question marks over Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” programme. Is it for passengers or spin doctors?



Could Milton Keynes be the European City of Culture in 2023?

Sep 28th, 2017 | By

Milton Keynes is going to bid to become European City of Culture in 2023. But can it? What about Brexit? What about the culture part of the award?



Venice: The Diary of an Awestruck Traveller

Sep 27th, 2017 | By

Venice quickly became part of me says Gillian Angrave. the author of two books on Venice with a third due out soon.



The end of the postcard?

Sep 26th, 2017 | By

These days I don’t look at my e-mails because I get hundreds. I don’t get anywhere near the post I used to receive ten years ago so I look at it all. I even read the few postcards I receive.



Is this the end for Uber in London?

Sep 24th, 2017 | By

I suspect that there is more behind this story than meets the eye and maybe the days ahead will clarify the thinking at TfL.