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No Brexit effect

Nov 16th, 2018 | By

Last week at the World Travel Market, (WTM) members of the travel industry discussed the impact of Brexit upon the trade.



The fun starts today

Nov 15th, 2018 | By
Norwich's Tunnel of Light

VisitNorwich has launched its, by now, almost traditional Christmas campaign to attract more staying and day visits to the city.  It begins today with the Tunnel of Light.



2018: best year ever for Greece

Nov 14th, 2018 | By

That was what the Greek tourism minister, Elena Kountoura said when she was in London recently for World Travel Market.



Hyper Japan

Nov 13th, 2018 | By

Britain’s largest celebration of Japanese culture takes place this coming weekend.



Visiting the Shetlands

Nov 12th, 2018 | By

The attractions to the islands are opportunities to view the northern lights at certain times of the year, to enjoy the wildlife and the Viking heritage, the geology of the islands (which attracts school and university groups) and to visit location connected with the stories of Ann Cleves.



The end of the Great War

Nov 11th, 2018 | By

Today being both Remembrance Sunday and the day that the war finally ended 100 years ago, there will be many services around the world although no veterans of the war are still alive.



Ras al Khaimah; new to tourism, old in heritage

Nov 9th, 2018 | By

New it might be for the tourist, old it is in heritage being able to track mankind back 7,000 years.



Kyoto and tourism pollution

Nov 8th, 2018 | By
Kyoto cherry blossom

It is concerned about the behaviour of visitors in the Gion-Shinbashi area of the city where relations between visitors and locals has reached the point where a committee of locals has been set up to encourage more courteous behaviour.



Germany’s back; Sierra Leone has arrived and Saudi Arabia is bigger

Nov 7th, 2018 | By

Although the show is a vehicle for destinations and hoteliers to sell themselves to tour operators and travel agents it is very useful for travel writers because it gives a clue to how much effort (or the lack of it) that destinations are employing to sell themselves.



Athens as a year-round destination

Nov 7th, 2018 | By

Athens & Partners wants more people to stay in the capital if they are just using it as a gateway before travelling on to the islands or other Greek destinations.



The influence of television

Nov 6th, 2018 | By
Michael Palin

According to research by World Travel Market, more than three million of us booked a holiday after being influenced by a television programme.



“The Rhythm Never Stops”

Nov 5th, 2018 | By

Running for twelve weeks, the Caribbean tourist organisations have banded together to launch a new marketing campaign under the slogan, “The Rhythm Never Stops.”



Thomson is TUI

Nov 4th, 2018 | By

Unlike my normal activity of tuning adverts out I wanted to see the new TUI advert that announced the second stage of their branding campaign so it was the ad rather than the programme that I watched!



Disgusting food has its own museum

Nov 2nd, 2018 | By

To challenge people’s perceptions of food is one of the reasons for the opening of a new museum in Sweden say the organisers. The Disgusting Food Museum only has eighty different items but would all of us find them disgusting?



How do you book a hotel?

Nov 1st, 2018 | By

More than 100 independent accommodation providers in Bath, including B&Bs, small hotels and self-catering properties have collaborated together to launch StayinBath.org.



The lure of city breaks

Oct 31st, 2018 | By

No longer could destinations just attract tourists. They now needed to “manage” where tourists went in cities so that locals could exist in harmony with visitors.



Flight disruptions

Oct 30th, 2018 | By

Most of us do have reasonably punctual flights but, this year, over 175,000 have been delayed or cancelled so far in 2018, almost 26,000 more than last year, according to flight delay claims company AirHelp.



Changing tree colour

Oct 29th, 2018 | By

The change from green to tan in the UK is every bit as pronounced and as attractive as you can see in many other countries.



My data and me

Oct 26th, 2018 | By

At Edinburgh airport this week, I bought a meal deal. At the self-service checkout the reader wanted to scan the barcode on my boarding card. Why?



Airline alcohol prices

Oct 25th, 2018 | By

I think that I shall remain teetotal on flights. The cabin crew may not like it but my wallet will!



Dealing with unruly passengers

Oct 22nd, 2018 | By
Ryanair

Just as airlines have adopted a no-tolerance policy towards over-drinking and flying, the same attitude should be taken to this sort of behaviour.



Putting the decision off

Oct 21st, 2018 | By

It seems that some of us are concerned about Brexit and are waiting before booking EU holidays next year.



Paisley Halloween Festival

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

Since fancy dress and other Halloween items have been in the shops for so long it is easy to forget that there is actually an end date.



Stanfords is moving

Oct 18th, 2018 | By

The shop that every traveller who can get to London sooner or later visits and which is home to the world’s largest collection of maps, travel books and globes is relocating.



easyJet’s Look&Book

Oct 17th, 2018 | By

Using images – Instagram photos it suggests – it allows you to book a flight. You don’t necessarily need to know the destination or which country it is in.



“Hercules – The 12 Labors”

Oct 16th, 2018 | By

This is the name given to an exhibition being held in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki.



This is wild, This is Durham

Oct 15th, 2018 | By

This is the promotional slogan that is being used to promote Durham.



Is the CAA right?

Oct 14th, 2018 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Judges ruled that the airline was not liable to pay out compensation under EU261 for flights cancelled due to strike action. The CAA says that UK passengers are entitled to pay-outs of at least €250. Is the court right or is the CAA?