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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.



Paisley Halloween Festival

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

Since fancy dress and other Halloween items have been in the shops for so long it is easy to forget that there is actually an end date.



Stanfords is moving

Oct 18th, 2018 | By

The shop that every traveller who can get to London sooner or later visits and which is home to the world’s largest collection of maps, travel books and globes is relocating.



easyJet’s Look&Book

Oct 17th, 2018 | By

Using images – Instagram photos it suggests – it allows you to book a flight. You don’t necessarily need to know the destination or which country it is in.



“Hercules – The 12 Labors”

Oct 16th, 2018 | By

This is the name given to an exhibition being held in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki.



This is wild, This is Durham

Oct 15th, 2018 | By

This is the promotional slogan that is being used to promote Durham.



Is the CAA right?

Oct 14th, 2018 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Judges ruled that the airline was not liable to pay out compensation under EU261 for flights cancelled due to strike action. The CAA says that UK passengers are entitled to pay-outs of at least €250. Is the court right or is the CAA?



Stonehenge is 100

Oct 12th, 2018 | By
image of Stonehenge

English Heritage is inviting people to join them at the stones on Friday 26 October 2018 and over that weekend for a few days full of celebration and surprises.



Staycations decline

Oct 11th, 2018 | By
Blackpool Tower

I suggested that people might be taking both an overseas holiday and a short breaks in the UK. But Holiday Habits suggests that the number of Britons taking a holiday in the UK has fallen from an average of 2.1 to 1.8.



Holidaying abroad but spending less

Oct 10th, 2018 | By

The report tells us that Spain and Portugal remained popular which will surprise absolutely no-one. But holidays in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria became much more popular.



“We do believe visitors should pay their fair share.”

Oct 8th, 2018 | By

This was a comment made last week by Kelvin Davis, the New Zealand tourism minister as his country agreed that they would introduce a $NZ35 levy on most visiting tourists.



Goodbye Club 18-30

Oct 8th, 2018 | By

Maybe the times have changed. Maybe there is no place for Club 18-30 in today’s holiday world.



Ferries on the Thames

Oct 7th, 2018 | By

This year it will carry 4.2 million commuters and tourists and routes include Putney to Canary Wharf, Battersea Power Station to London Bridge and the London Eye to the O2 and on to Woolwich Arsenal.



Poás Volcano National Park re-opens

Oct 5th, 2018 | By

The Poás Volcano National Park was one of the biggest national and international tourist attractions until it was closed. Now the tourist authorities will be hoping that it reclaims that status after such a long closure.



Has a bed tax just got closer?

Oct 4th, 2018 | By

On Monday at the Scottish Tourism Alliance conference Nicola Sturgeon announced that she had ordered a consultation about a bed tax and said that she wanted the voice of the tourism industry to be heard. What about the voice of the visitor?



Shakespeare in China

Oct 3rd, 2018 | By
Shakespeares Birthplace

In the future, you might not want to go to Stratford but instead to San Weng, a new international heritage and cultural centre near Fuzhou City in China.



Austria’s Tirol gets ready for the ski season

Oct 1st, 2018 | By

This summer the Austrian Tyrol has spent time and money on replacing and updating its chair and ski lifts.



London Restaurant Festival begins

Sep 30th, 2018 | By

Now in its tenth year, the festival is an opportunity for visitors (and residents) to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants.



How was it for you?

Sep 27th, 2018 | By
Cart driver in Tunisia waving

I suspect that neither Thomas Cook nor TUI are too happy with us – their customers and potential customers.



Has the aviation industry gone too far?

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

As more and more airports introduce charges for just dropping off passengers is this man’s attitude an indication that passengers might be reaching the limits of the patience with the way that the aviation industry is fleecing passengers at every opportunity?