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Dunkirk and the little ships

Mar 26th, 2015 | By
a beach at Dunkirk where the wrecks from 1940 can still be seen.

In May this year is the 75th anniversary of the epic role of the little ships to repatriate soldiers back from Dunkirk to the UK.

The return of the old

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
an old survey from an airlne no longer with us - Peach Air

Now companies are scratching their heads and trying to work out why online surveys are not completed in the same numbers as paper ones are.

Flight 4U 9525

Mar 24th, 2015 | By

Am I alone in thinking this press release from AccuWeather is crass, unfeeling and totally inappropriate at this time?

Flight delay compensation

Mar 24th, 2015 | By
Why can't we fly from our local airport?

At the end of last week, Aer Lingus, Jet 2 and Wizz were accused by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that they are breaching consumer law.

Visas for Egypt

Mar 22nd, 2015 | By

Some might accuse Egypt of shooting itself in the foot as it struggles to attract more tourists to the Nile.

Risky places to visit

Mar 20th, 2015 | By
San Francisco is projected to have a major earthquake yet doesn't appear on a list of places to avoid unlike Tokyo - also prone to earthquakes

In a new book called “Risk, All That Matters” the authors list ten places you might not want to visit. Should you take any notice of their suggestions?

New look Nicosia

Mar 19th, 2015 | By
modern Nicosia

Nicosia is changing and not just by importing international brand coffee shops and retailers it is importing world-renown architects to give the city not just a face-lift but a rejuvenation as well.

Hotel prices rise

Mar 18th, 2015 | By
a Reward Hunter or a Simplicity Searcher?
 © Dan Sperrin

It is an unhappy truism for the holidaymaker and traveller that as the economy picks up and more people travel, accommodation prices increase.

Where do we feel safe?

Mar 17th, 2015 | By
York - reassuringly safe people say

How are we to interpret the latest research from Post Office Travel Insurance which claims to show which, from its list of 42, are the safest places in the UK and overseas?

Visiting the East Village

Mar 16th, 2015 | By
The Merchant's House Museum. Image courtesy of the museum

Continuing its support of different parts of New York, their promotion arm, NYC & Company, has highlighted Manhattan’s East Village as the next part of the city that they are tempting you to visit.

The death of Abraham Lincoln

Mar 16th, 2015 | By
statue of Abraham Lincoln

Not only is 2015 the anniversary of the end of the American Civil War it is also the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The decline of relaxation

Mar 15th, 2015 | By
Aphrodite Rock, Cyprus where you can relax. But can you get a signal for your mobile?

If you believe research just released by the Cyprus Tourist Organisation (CTO), then we may be working harder on holidays than we may be when we are at our jobs!

Barrier-free travel in Germany

Mar 15th, 2015 | By
wheelchair logo

Few tourist boards pay more than lip service to barrier-free tourism despite the figures showing that the tourism market for those possessing disabilities runs into billions within Europe.

The Downton effect

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
Bampton community archive building

The village of Bampton in Oxfordshire may not be as famous as Highclere Castle but it doubles as the fictional town of Downton.

Believing online reviews

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
have you written an online review?

Now the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating online review sites. Why? They say that “there are a number of potential concerns about the trustworthiness or impartiality of information…”

Sleeping at Helsinki airport

Mar 12th, 2015 | By
Go pods open and closed

Whilst whiling away the tedium of a three or four hour layover before our connecting flight leaves, which of us has not tried to sleep across a couple of seats by wedging arms and legs under the armrests?

The rise of Mongolia

Mar 11th, 2015 | By
girls wearing Mongolian national dress greeting visitors in Berlin

Not since Kublai and Genghis Khan swept before them centuries ago has Mongolia had such an impact on Europe. Just sixteen years ago, the country decided to encourage tourism. Last year, 450,000 people visited the country. This year there will be even more because, apart from the big presence in London last November, the country has also been working with the other big international travel trade show, ITB, which is being held in Berlin this week. Unlike our November show, ITB is also open to
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King John’s teeth

Mar 10th, 2015 | By
King John out hunting

When the British Library exhibition, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy, opens on March the 13th I wouldn’t be surprised if the teeth raise more interest amongst viewers than the two copies of the charter do!

Will the drachma return?

Mar 9th, 2015 | By

Not if the range of tourism related industry bosses that lined up in Berlin last week is anything to go by.

The Fallas festival

Mar 9th, 2015 | By
Las Fallas - the final night

The annual Las Fallas festival in the Spanish city of Valencia draws tens of thousands of visitors this month.


Mar 8th, 2015 | By
the new Acropolis museum reminding us that Grrece has things other countries don't have

It means incorporating more Greek offerings as part of the overseas visitors’ trip and reducing the amount of standard, international sameness that can exist in their resorts.

Confusing currencies

Mar 6th, 2015 | By

Now that Australia is in the Eurovision song contest will people now believe that the Aussie dollar doesn’t exist but that the Aussie euro rules down under?

What is a destination host?

Mar 6th, 2015 | By
ow they are destination hosts, not reps

The short answer is that they are reps. Cosmos has decided to rename its reps, destination hosts.

Celebrating Rio

Mar 6th, 2015 | By

On St David’s Day this year, Rio was 450 years old.

Where the Travel Experts Holiday. Eva Gómez-Pallete and Hans Eguinoa

Mar 5th, 2015 | By
Hans and Eva with their family

Bonito Norte was created in 2010 by Eva Gómez-Pallete and Hans Eguinoa, who after more than 10 years guiding wine and bike tours in different regions in Spain, decided to start a new adventure with their own travel agency.

Where the Germans are leaving their towels

Mar 3rd, 2015 | By
Mykonos - as popular with Germans as it is becoming with us

Like the UK, travel by German travellers grew last year. And like us, they tend to travel to the same places. But there are some exceptions.

Igloo building for all

Feb 27th, 2015 | By
starting the igloo but will it keep out the night chill?

In the Swiss resort of Adelboden, you have that opportunity next month (the 14/15th of March) for that is where an igloo village will come to life once again as teams compete to construct their own dwelling.

Pay up says the judge

Feb 26th, 2015 | By
A plane in cloudy weather in Fench air traffic control space. Does this only happen when the weather is inclement?

A judge decided that Jet 2 cannot wait until a court case is heard in the Netherlands about compensation for delayed flights but must pay up now.