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West Hollywood tourism takes on hundreds of workers

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

Lots of us visit Hollywood if we are holidaying on the west coast of the US. Now if you are looking for information when you get there, you could do worse than ask a waiter or a shopworker.

Where the experts holiday: Mary Jo Ginther of Palm Springs

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
Palm Beach tourism director - Mry Jo Ginther

Mary Jo Ginther is the Director of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism in California. Here she takes you to her favourite places and tells us what she still wants to visit.

Night tube to Morden

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

One of the most significant things to improve tourism to London has just been announced – the fact that the tube will run throughout the night.

Banks and their link with crime

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
Nat west in the old Court House

Today, many people consider banks to have exhibited some of the worst excesses of capitalism and their reputation has plummeted.

Are fewer of us taking holidays?

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
rome a city break destination

From their travel trade convention, ABTA has released its Consumer Holiday Trends Report which suggests fewer of us are taking holidays.

Eating airline meals at home

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
airline meal

Two days later, I am still recovering from reading a story in The Times on Saturday. A company is actually delivering airline meals to your home!

Delayed flights

Sep 19th, 2014 | By
flight delays

If you travelled to Spain this summer out of either Gatwick or Manchester and were delayed, you weren’t alone.

Angel and the harness

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
this is what lurks below

Gatorland also has what is called the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, which has just recognized as one of the top Zipline attractions in the world. And I know why it is called “screamin.’” As does a certain man called Angel.

Supporting the Wedgwood Collection

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
Wedgwood plate

One of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of 250 years of British art is under threat of being separated and sold off. To retain it as one collection and to keep it where it is the Art Fund is trying to raise the final £2.74m of the £15.75m fundraising target by 30 November.

Saturday snippets: 13th September 2014

Sep 13th, 2014 | By

It’s European Heritage Days this weekend in many places so get out and enjoy says Adrian as he also winds up the smaller stories of the week.

Seeing London’s rare treasures

Sep 12th, 2014 | By
Tower of London

Opening today is the new City of London Heritage Gallery which is free to visitors and open from 10-5pm on every day except Sunday when it will only be open from midday until 4pm.

Travel Together Now! Month

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
lake District

This is the name given by USTOA – US Travel Operators Association – to a promotion in the US to encourage people to holiday. Why mention it? Because why don’t we have something like it here?

More loggerheads than ever

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
image © Robert Ashdown, NPRSR

Last season, as many as 350 rare loggerhead turtles came ashore onto beaches along Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef region to lay their eggs.

Where the experts holiday: Roland Svensson

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
Svensson in front of The Sarojin

Roland Svensson moved to Bangkok. He has worked in hotels and resorts all over the Far East and is currently the general manager of The Sarojin in Thailand.

Who “stole” my sunbed?

Sep 8th, 2014 | By
Argiro sunning herself

Argiro is a monk seal, one of just 450 left in the world. That means that we should take special care of them. But providing a sunbed is too much!

Chicago’s autumn attractions

Sep 7th, 2014 | By
Chicago reflected in the bean

In the early autumn, Chicago provides a number of events for the visitor so that when you have finished wondering at the architectureand stopped shopping on the Magnificent Mile, there is always something else to see and do.

Liverpool and Barbados

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
Barbados and Liverpool

Why has the Barbados Tourism Authority joined in partnership with Liverpool Football Club?

The burial tomb in Amfipolis

Sep 4th, 2014 | By
Amfipolis lion

Greece is hoping that many more of us will travel to Amfipolis in the Thessalonika region this autumn to see an important burial find that has been just found.

Open Days 2014

Sep 4th, 2014 | By
cardiff castle without the scurity

Every September, buildings of every age and style open their doors for you to visit them And this includes any number of buildings that don’t open at any other time of the year.

Club 55 time again

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By
trains in the pennines

Just as night follows day, travellers can be assured that come the autumn, the Club 55 offers re-appear and this autumn is no exception.

Reducing VAT for holidaymakers

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
frustrated traveller

With all the recent talk of a tourism levy wanted by the council in Edinburgh and the more than doubling of accommodation taxes in Rome, the other side of the coin is coming into the spotlight as well.

Holidaying in Rome

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
rome a city break destination

The threats to our wallets whilst holidaying or travelling come in many forms including pickpockets and fraudsters. These are mostly small time but government pickpocketing is the largest threat and the one we can do nothing about.

Finland’s ruska

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
ruska time in Finland

Unlike other destinations that are widely known for the changing colour of their foliage in autumn like New England and the New Forest, Finland is rarely considered.

Totally Thames

Sep 1st, 2014 | By
River Thames

Totally Thames is an exciting new, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, featuring over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital.

Digging for gold

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
Folkestone's outer harbour

Yesterday on the beach at Folkestone four gold bars were found after hundreds descended on the seaside resort with shovels, metal detectors and any digging implement they could find.

Fly business class on Ryanair

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
Ryanair Business Plus

Yes, the airline has announced that it will offer business class to passengers. Called Ryanair Business Plus you can start booking it now

Sonoma wine country is open for business

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
Napa Valley vineyard

For those holidaying or planning to visit Napa Valley in the next few weeks, the word from the local tourism officials is that the wineries and vineyards are still open for business.

Winning a second honeymoon

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

For those of you who got married this year or are planning to be married before June 30th next year, do you fancy winning a second honeymoon?