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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.

Promoting French cuisine

Mar 19th, 2017 | By

The idea for Goût de France/Good France han’t been widely followed. Yet inttoducing us to a nation or area’s cuisine is an obvious way of stimulating tourism.

Saturday snippets; 18th March 2017

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
steam train on the NYMR

A new low- cost airline – Level – launches, there are re-openings of museums and its nearly cherry blossom season.

ABTA’s website has been hacked.

Mar 17th, 2017 | By

ABTA estimates that between 650 and 1,000 people may be affected because of those personal details that have been filed and all should have now been contacted by them.

2016 Airport Service Quality awards

Mar 15th, 2017 | By

Whatever the answer is, passengers seem to feel underwhelmed with European airports.

Long-haul, cheap flights

Mar 13th, 2017 | By

Norwegian which has pioneered the re-birth of low cost transatlantic flights has announced that it will fly from five cities in the UK and Ireland from just £69 each way to the USA.

Saturday snippets: 11th March 2017

Mar 11th, 2017 | By
Trabant bearing the words I love Berlin

I am back from Berlin. Just. I managed to get out just before the airport security staff strike began. here’s a round-up of some of the week’s happenings

Scottish visitor attractions prosper

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

ASVA – the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions – has announced that visits to its member sites rose in 2016. It has 249 members and they received almost 30 million visits last year.

German and British holiday patterns

Mar 9th, 2017 | By
supermarket holiday brochures

Each German adult and child spent 20 days on average holidaying in 2016. They are the world champions of travel.

Airbnb may lead to capital gains tax

Mar 5th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

t is pretty obvious that governments around the world, not just the UK one, are trying to adjust traditional and long-established tax systems to an entirely new type of business- that of a sharing economy.

Saturday snippets; 4th March 2017

Mar 4th, 2017 | By
Rolling Stones exhibition poster

Canada, Croatia and Geneva all announced that more Britons were travelling there. New York expects fewer of us and Egypt seems to be trying to deter us from holidaying in the land “where it all began.”

#Feel France

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By

Our nearest neighbour in the east is about to launch a new campaign to encourage us to visit France.

Win your own luxury guest house

Feb 26th, 2017 | By

Maybe the idea of winning your own guest house won’t appeal to most people. But when I tell you that this guest house is in Ecuador, you might want to reconsider.

Saturday snippets: 25th February 2017

Feb 25th, 2017 | By
barbados beach

Belly-dancing in the Scottish style, treasure hunting in Scunthorpe and avoiding Luton Airport by going to Southend are a few of the things on Adrian’s agenda this week.