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Do we need Brand Europe?

Feb 24th, 2019 | By

Promoting “Visit Europe” as an idea seems a waste of €300 million that could be better spent by individual countries or areas.



Saturday snippets: 23rd February 2019

Feb 23rd, 2019 | By

As mentioned in last week’s snippets, I have been in Tunisia for much of the week, courtesy of the Tunisian National Tourist Board. Today’s column is a bit of hotchpotch of things seen and reminders to people who haven’t visited the country since the FCO ban in 2015 came into force. To start with, you don’t need a visa to visit the country for a holiday. When you arrive at the airport of arrival – which will probably be Tunis, Djerba or Enfidah – you
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The longest queues at an airport

Feb 20th, 2019 | By

Let these coffee buffs stop the problems they are causing and settle for just a simple coffee.



Another hotel moan

Feb 19th, 2019 | By

What is about designers? Don’t they live in the real world?



Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom

Feb 18th, 2019 | By

The life-size creatures, including mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and giant sloths have moving body parts, wide opening jaws and realistic sound effects to really bring the experience to life.



Two sides of a coin

Feb 17th, 2019 | By

Without the airline frequency, many visitors won’t have time to visit Alice Springs unless that is specifically a place they want to visit.



The growth and growth of RAK

Feb 16th, 2019 | By
Ras-al-Khaimah fort

From a complete start until now, the tourist authority has laboured to put the place on the map. And hasn’t it succeeded!



Saturday snippets: 16th of February 2019

Feb 16th, 2019 | By

A jumbo jet arruves at a hotel near Amsterdam, Ryanair starts a loyalty club and BA begins its centenary celebrations



The end for jumbo planes?

Feb 14th, 2019 | By

Smaller aircraft like the Dreamliner and the A-350 can now fly the routes that used to be the preserve of the jumbos.



Illuminating a thousand years ago

Feb 12th, 2019 | By

It is very unlikely that some of the items on display will be seen in the UK again for decades if not hundreds of years.



Devolving APD to Wales

Feb 12th, 2019 | By

My forecast would be that if it is devolved and abolished in Wales, the tax will shortly disappear entirely.



What plans for Airbnb?

Feb 11th, 2019 | By

Once Airbnb was a way for home owners to make some extra cash by renting out their unused rooms. Now it is developing its own accommodation. Is it planning something else?



The most affordable holiday resorts

Feb 10th, 2019 | By

Just because one destination is cheaper doesn’t mean that the whole country is



More on Brexit

Feb 9th, 2019 | By
frustrated traveller

A while ago I wrote that the travel industry hasn’t said a lot about the possible effects of Brexit. It has been left to others. That’s changed.



Understanding holidaymakers

Feb 8th, 2019 | By

The Times says this morning that there is “turmoil” in the travel industry. It makes a good line but is it true?



Getting away with it?

Feb 7th, 2019 | By
hotel room

The CMA has smacked their hands and told them not to be bad boys. The companies have said they won’t do it again and the CMA has settled for that



Flying on Turkmenistan Airlines

Feb 5th, 2019 | By

UPDATE: 7th Feb 2019.
Turkmenistan Airlines has found a way around the suspension of its flights into EU countries. Using Spanish airline, Wamos Air, UK flights from Birmingham and Heathrow seem to have been restored but check with the airline.



The jumbo experience

Feb 4th, 2019 | By

Making a hotel stand out takes a little effort and there aren’t many that I can think of that achieve this feat.



Remembering Biggin Hill

Feb 3rd, 2019 | By

The museum work isn’t completed. More monetary donations are needed to complete the next stage of work and more “everyday” items are always welcome.



Yes, we can travel visa-free

Feb 2nd, 2019 | By

As was expected and despite all the brouhaha between British and EU politicians, it was announced on Friday that the EU would prepare legislation allowing Britons to visit Europe for up to ninety days without the need for a visa.



Saturday snippets: 2nd February 2019

Feb 2nd, 2019 | By

The kindness of the Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, uninformative tourism debates in parliament, exercise bikes on planes and the loss of thousands of lilos capture some of Adrian’s attention this week.



We’re falling out of love with TUI and Thomas Cook

Feb 1st, 2019 | By

Morgan Stanley contend that Thomas Cook and TUI are losing market share to newer entrants.



If there is no deal

Jan 31st, 2019 | By

This advice suggests what travellers might experience and what they should prepare for after March 29th this year.



How satisfied are we with rail services?

Jan 30th, 2019 | By

If there is so much dissatisfaction why are the majority of rail passengers saying that they are satisfied?



Forget opulent comfort

Jan 29th, 2019 | By

Outside of Freetown you will find what was described to me as “barefoot luxury.”



Singapore is 200

Jan 29th, 2019 | By
image of Singapore skyline

These are the main events in just the first month of so of the celebrations. There will be many more throughout the year.



Rio’s architectural heritage

Jan 28th, 2019 | By

Next year visitors to Rio de Janeiro should find any number of tours that will specialise on the burgeoning architectural highlights of the city.
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Why isn’t the UK attracting more tourists?

Jan 27th, 2019 | By
Tower of London

Sooner or later the British government and politicians from whatever party have to understand that their parliamentary shenanigans are affecting an important industry.