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Saturday snippets: 30th March 2019

Mar 30th, 2019 | By

Two new museums, a BA flight to the wrong destination and a new national park in Argentina attract Adrian’s attention this week



Attractions outside London

Mar 29th, 2019 | By
interior of the National Museum

Wednesday’s story about which attractions received the most visitors was very London-centric since the top ten venues are all in London. In Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland was the most visited attraction (11th place) outside London with a 3% increase and 2,227,773 visits. In 12th position was Edinburgh Castle with a 2% increase (2,111,578) – continuing to be the most visited paid for attraction in Scotland. The Scottish National Gallery (in 16th place) saw a 9% increase to 1,739,128. One Scottish attraction that has
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Another airline goes

Mar 28th, 2019 | By

The Icelandic airline, Wow Air, collapsed overnight.



Tate Modern overtakes BM

Mar 27th, 2019 | By

In 2018, Tate Modern on the South Bank managed to usurp the BM as the most visited attraction in the UK.



Sixty thousand blooms to view

Mar 25th, 2019 | By

From mid-April, the gardens at the castle will see over 130 different varieties of tulip flower but they a comparatively short time – just three weeks.



Overseas visitors are spending less in the West Midlands

Mar 24th, 2019 | By
Shakespeares Birthplace

In 2017, international visitors spent £806.9 million in the West Midlands. This was down on the previous two years (2016 – £854.7 million and 2015 – £816.2 million) at a time when the overall overseas spend in the UK had risen.



Saturday snippets: 23rd March 2019

Mar 23rd, 2019 | By

The Caledonian Canal, Lake Constance and Hawarden Old Castle attract Adrian’s attention this week along with Harry Potter, the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis



Dreamland Margate reopens – and it’s free!

Mar 22nd, 2019 | By

Dreamland Margate has announced that it will be free to enter during its 2019 opening season. The “opening season” is defined as running from the 6th April to 24th May.



You’ve all done very well!

Mar 21st, 2019 | By

What the tourism minister wants is for us to spend more when we visit Scotland and to “spend in the appropriate places and in the appropriate ways.”



Tourism or trade?

Mar 20th, 2019 | By

Many destinations would move heaven and earth to attract more cruise ships yet Dublin is suggesting the opposite. Is it due to tourist pollution in the centre of Dublin? No – Brexit.



Meals on planes

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

Stansted airport has come up with a sandwich which, it claims tastes better at altitude. It is aimed at people like me who are either unwilling to pay for meals on flights or reject the taste of them.



Beds for economy class passengers

Mar 18th, 2019 | By

Thomas Cook Airlines have come up with answer for economy class passengers. From May 13th they will have “sleeper seats” on long-haul flights.



What is more important? A cruise company or the passenger?

Mar 17th, 2019 | By

If I had booked a cruise I would rather it visited the ports as advertised and which had prompted me to book it rather than re-route the vessel taking me somewhere I might not want to go?



St Patrick’s Festival

Mar 16th, 2019 | By

Although St Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, we are right in the middle of the four-day St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.



Parc Astérix is 30 and Astérix is 60

Mar 15th, 2019 | By

As long as I can remember, Astérix and his bumbling crony Obélix have been around.



Fifteen awards and no satisfaction

Mar 14th, 2019 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

There is one glaring omission in the Visit England awards: not a single one for customer satisfaction or service.



Airports winning for customer service

Mar 13th, 2019 | By

How did European airports fare in the awards? And how did holiday destination airports win?



Awards to airports for customer experience

Mar 12th, 2019 | By
image of terminal building at Newcastle Airport

Four British airports as well as Dublin Airport appeared in the awards lists handed out by Airport Council international, (ACI) the trade association of the world’s airports, last week.



Cherry blossom in Canada.

Mar 11th, 2019 | By

Unlike many countries where the cherry blossom is over all too briefly, Canada provides the opportunity to see if over a few of the late Spring months.



Time to end APD?

Mar 9th, 2019 | By

Devolving APD away from Westminster will only cause strife if any nation alters the rate at which APD is charged.



Belfast and Ryanair

Mar 8th, 2019 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

APD has become a useful red herring to hide behind when commercial reality shows that Ryanair has got its calculations wrong.



More British visitors will travel to Arizona

Mar 7th, 2019 | By

This isn’t a forecast by the state’s tourist authority, its mine but I’m pretty sure it will be accurate.



Greece prepares for Brexit

Mar 6th, 2019 | By

Greece has a special website with a question and answer format to allay doubts and to demonstrate that visiting the country will remain pretty easy.



Putting Cwmbran on the map

Mar 5th, 2019 | By

Congratulations to Mr Adams for managing something that the local council has never managed to achieve – putting Cwmbran on the tourist map.



Why do many of us holiday in the same place each year?

Mar 4th, 2019 | By
carnival in venice

I can’t make my mind up whether this is disappointing in that some people are not so willing to see more of the world or comforting in that they have found somewhere that fulfils all they want from a holiday.



Motorhomes and caravans are booming

Mar 4th, 2019 | By

Despite the dislike of campervans and caravans suggested by people like Jeremy Clarkson, it looks as though 2019 will be a strong year for this section of the tourism industry.



Spain and the UK

Mar 3rd, 2019 | By

Britons made about a fifth of all international visitors to the country in January with the second largest group, Germans, providing just under 12% of all visitors.



St David’s Day

Mar 1st, 2019 | By

Tradition says that it was on March 1st that St David died 1,430 years ago, this very year.