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Saturday snippets: May 20th 2017

May 20th, 2017 | By

Last year saw more Britons travel aboard for over ten years.And more holidayed at home making 2016 a bumper year for travel.

Commemorating the written word

May 16th, 2017 | By

Considering that we have one of the foremost literary gatherings in the world and a heritage of writers going back 1,500 years (it seems an omission that no writers museum exists comparable to that opening in Chicago today.

Wrexham and Belfast – as different as chalk and cheese.

May 15th, 2017 | By

This survey says that, overall, Brits rate themselves only as a mildly intrepid. The Scots are the bravest Brits (46%, compared to 33% of English 36% of Welsh, and 11% of Northern Irish respondents.

Saturday snippets: May 13th 2017

May 13th, 2017 | By

As the Luther Trail opens in Germany is is both National Ferry Fortnight and Welsh Tourism Week. To top it off, seasiding is coming to the fore!

Are you an MBT?

May 12th, 2017 | By

How can you tell if you are an MBT? Here are the top twenty attributes of being one.

Cities are dying from tourism

May 9th, 2017 | By

As chief executive of Amsterdam Marketing, Frans van der Avert claimsthat cities are dying because no-one will living in the historic centres of cities anymore.

Saturday snippets: May 6th 2017

May 6th, 2017 | By
hump back whale

Adrian ends the week happy that a Rubbish Party candidate was elected in Scotland, more hold baggage is not getting lost on planes and that private detectives are deterring touts from advising holidaymakers to make bogus insurance claims.

Lying about out travel trips

May 5th, 2017 | By
map of New Zealand

In an intriguing survey by MSC Cruises, it transpires that many of us have not been telling the truth about where we have holidayed or travelled. It says that 21% have fibbed about where they have been in the world – with New Zealand, New York, Australia and Rome emerging as popular places we’ve never been to. The survey also considered claims about books that have never been read, foods they claim to have eaten as well as plays and films they have seen. In
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Is Botswana shooting itself in the foot?

May 4th, 2017 | By

From June 1st, Botswana will introduce a Tourism Development Levy on all visitors coming from outside SADC countries.

Banning British holidaymakers

May 2nd, 2017 | By
poster advertising Mallorca

In order to stop this fraud, the penalties need to be something that will hit perpetrators where it hurts and that might be in their ability to travel.

Saturday snippets: April 29th 2017

Apr 29th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

A museum of ice-cream, another about Dr Seuss, Bexit, being a gin ambassador and new flights to Russia attract Adrian’s attention this week.

Low cost flights to Asia

Apr 28th, 2017 | By

With the number of low cost flights to North America being announced a little while ago, long haul flight prices to the Far East may also be about to receive a shake-up.

How adventurous are British holidaymakers?

Apr 27th, 2017 | By

Overall, the UK finished in the top ten and Ireland completed the last spot in the top twenty but are we both as adventurous or, as unadventurous, as the figures indicate?

Saturday snippets: April 22nd 2017

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By

With a general election called, will VAT and APD charges become an issue? Adrian also looks at touriswm on the Thames, in Durham, Leeds and Chicago whilst wondering what will happen to the street vendors of Bangkok.

After United comes easyJet

Apr 18th, 2017 | By

A story about easyJet denying boarding to a couple on an overbooked plane a week ago was not noticed by the press until this week.

Saturday snippets: April 15th 2017

Apr 15th, 2017 | By
Windsor Bridge in Gibraltar

This Easter there are many visitor atractions re-opening as well as Tate St Ives, the new Museum of Iron at Ironbridge and Guernsey’s Little Chapel. Whatever you are doing, enjoy yourselves.

They might have told us earlier

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

On April Fools’ Day, the Catalan regional government hiked accommodation taxes. Badly handled, do you think they have been taking lessons from the PR people at United Airlines?

What the AA/ Visit England deal might mean

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

Do we need traditional accommodation grading sytstems in an age when TripAdvisor, Feefo or other online review systems provides scores from those who have stayed rather than those who have just inspected?

Avoid all but essential travel to the USA

Apr 11th, 2017 | By

This is the advice, according to The Guardian, that has been given by Susan Hall, head of technology and intellectual property team partner at law firm Clarke Willmott.

Saturday snippets: April 8th 2017

Apr 8th, 2017 | By
Uganda gorillas

Tall ships in Greenwich, a pygmy tribe in Uganda and a possible reduction in the number of properties in Menorca are some stories capturing Adrian’s attention this week.

Be fined if you take your child out of school in term time

Apr 6th, 2017 | By

The judgement of the Supreme Court this morning is that taking your child out of school in term time is illegal and that when Jon Platt took his daughter on holiday to Florida he was liable to a fine.

Saving money on a trip to Frankfurt

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

The problem is compressing what you want to do in two days. The answer? Buy two passes and spend two days sightseeing, a day resting and then another two days visiting again!

Saturday snippets: April 1st 2017

Apr 1st, 2017 | By

Being April Fool’s day, I have resisted the temptation to try and fool you. Instead boring things like VAT, travel insurance fraud and the Battle of (the) Womens Path will have to do.

Carrying a laptop from Tunisia

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

With the precautions I have suggested, passengers shouldn’t find that it will take them any longer to get through security than it does at present.

International Garden Exhibition

Mar 29th, 2017 | By
flower in bloom

From 13th of April up until the 25th of October there will be the International Garden Exhibition (IGA) which is expected to attract about two million people.

Saturday snippets: March 25th 2017

Mar 25th, 2017 | By

Next week, Alaska celebrates 150 years as being part of the US. India and Vietnam celebrate more British visitors and Glaswegians celebrate a new way to pay for their travel tickets!

If I lose my laptop…

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

Seating a child in front of an electronic game or DVD has brought about a golden silence in planes compared to thirty years ago. The value of two hours of Peppa Pig and Peter Rabbit is not to be underestimated.

International Day of Forests

Mar 21st, 2017 | By

Just from the potential tourism possibilities would suggest that more forests would encourage more visitors.