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Kamakura, City of Samurai Soul

Nov 23rd, 2018 | By

Never heard of Kamakura? You may not have done but you will certainly be aware of the importance of the city when I mention to you that it is forever linked with the samurai.



How others see us

Nov 22nd, 2018 | By

It always fascinates me when I am abroad to flick through the travel pages of newspapers to see if there is anything written about the UK and Ireland.



On the Arcadia art trail

Nov 21st, 2018 | By

What surprised me was the vast numbers of people who had taken time out from the weekends to venture into a hot sun to visit this trail.



Follow the Maltese film trail

Nov 20th, 2018 | By

Malta has created a new film trail to capitalise on the country’s increasingly scenic locations.



Scrooge is 175

Nov 19th, 2018 | By

Before Dickens, the word “scrooge” did not exist. Find me anyone today who is unaware of what a scrooge is?



Exploring Užupis

Nov 18th, 2018 | By

In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, one of the more Bohemian areas is called Užupis. For a start this area is a republic within the country – or that is how it describes itself.



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.