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Tourism in a trade war

Jun 5th, 2019 | By

The Chinese government issued what seems to be the equivalent of a trade advisory to its citizens warning them against travelling to the USA warning them of robberies, violence, shootings and harassment.



Restoration at the Parthenon

Jun 4th, 2019 | By

Go to Athens and there is every chance that you will visit the Parthenon, certainly one of the greatest survivors from the golden age of ancient Greece.



Visit the USA and reveal passwords

Jun 3rd, 2019 | By

New rules have been implemented and from now on when you apply you will need to reveal more about yourself. Unless you are from 1 of 40 countries.



Flight delay mythology

Jun 2nd, 2019 | By

I would be much more interested in knowing what time planes from Stansted arrived at their destinations and how punctual they were.



Catalonialand

Jun 1st, 2019 | By
Barcelona

Catalonialand is a promotion developed by the Catalan Tourist Bard and is an immersive virtual reality experience which, it claims, will bring to life a series of six new cultural routes.



Vineyards of the Surrey Hills

May 31st, 2019 | By

The vineyards have announced the special launch weekend to celebrate the formation of a new English wine region – ‘Vineyards of the Surrey Hills’.



Use a travel agent; its easier

May 30th, 2019 | By

For the package holiday industry, there is some good news at last. And after figures from TUI, Thomas Cook and the like they will clutch it with glee.



Holidaying with kids

May 29th, 2019 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

What I find surprising is that with children and teenagers being at the most difficult from about 12-17, any parent wants to travel with them at all.



Is there a hot summer on the way?

May 27th, 2019 | By
Bournemouth beach

With bookings down apart from cruise ships and some specialist holidays a surprisingly high number of people haven’t booked their summer holidays yet.



Getting to Heathrow from the south

May 26th, 2019 | By

What she could also usefully do to reduce the number of vehicles is to promote a viable public transport system to get from the south of the airport.



Merry-go-round time again

May 24th, 2019 | By

Pow is a Somerset MP and, in a county where tourism is important, she might be expected to be more enthusiastic in the role than some of her predecessors



Getting less for your pound?

May 24th, 2019 | By

All-in-all, it isn’t too bad. But that is today. That isn’t the way the media is spinning it. Unfortunately, In a week’s time it could alter significantly.



Strife at Luton airport?

May 23rd, 2019 | By

Anybody using Luton airport from today until Monday evening on June 3rd should probably allow some extra time



Home lets get tougher

May 22nd, 2019 | By

Destinations have been tightening up on how long you can you can rent a property as well as introducing safety and maintenance measures.



Should you trust in Thomas Cook?

May 21st, 2019 | By

To many the company needs a good skake-up. Management ineptitude must be part of the problem as it has for many years



The finale!

May 20th, 2019 | By

Tonight is the very last episode of Game of Thrones. Maybe. Unless a million people who are demanding an alternative ending to the series get their way.



Chopin and George Sand stayed here

May 19th, 2019 | By

Just as tonight’s new BBC drama, Gentleman Jack, also portrays a woman who opted to dress in men’s clothes, so did Sand.



Are landing cards on the way out?

May 18th, 2019 | By

Is the day ahead where we won’t have landing cards to complete?



Changing places

May 17th, 2019 | By

This year, in the latest figures released in The Revitalise Accessibility Tourism Report, the Museum of Liverpool has overtaken Tate Modern as most accessible UK visitor attraction.



Shifting holiday patterns

May 16th, 2019 | By

It suggests that British holidaymakers are looking at cheaper destinations and destinations outside the Eurozone and that the big two have been wrong-footed.



What triggers holiday feelings?

May 14th, 2019 | By
llansteffan beach

From our largest tour operator, TUI, comes some intriguing research that they commissioned from University College London’s Affective Brain Lab.



Why aren’t regional airports growing in Ireland?

May 13th, 2019 | By

The growth of Dublin seems to suggest that, in the future, there will be just three international airports in the Republic of Ireland. Is that what Irish people living outside Dublin want?



Electric and solar-powered flight

May 12th, 2019 | By

It seems that for world economic reasons we should continue to fly so what is the solution? Aircraft manufacturers have cut emissions but probably not enough.



Is one cruise much like another?

May 12th, 2019 | By

Not on the Scenic Eclipse because it carries a small submarine for the use of passengers.



Chasing the sun

May 10th, 2019 | By

The Nullarbor Links was built “to complement and enhance the tourism industry…by providing travellers with an additional attraction and hence a reason to spend more time and money in the region.”



What price a manifesto pledge?

May 8th, 2019 | By

Abolishing the tax was the policy in 2016 yet climate change was on the agenda then just as it is now. It seems that the Scottish government’s view is that the emissions issue only became crucial this year!



To fly or not to fly

May 8th, 2019 | By

Recently, a specialist tour operator, Responsible Travel, issued a manifesto which – among other things – called upon the UK government to increase APD to dissuade people from flying.



Beware of the fraudsters

May 8th, 2019 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

According to ABTA, Action Fraud and getsafeonline, over 5,000 people reported to Action Fraud that they had lost a total of just over £7 million to holiday and travel related fraud in 2018.