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Saturday snippets: June 24th 2017

Jun 24th, 2017 | By
Antiguan beach

In a busy week, a beaututiful garden re-opens in Spain, a museum in London is open for just tomorrow and yet more news about travel insurance fraud.

Tourism and the Queen’s Speech

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By

The government announced that there will be a Travel Protection Bill which, it says, will improve protection for holidaymakers by updating the UK’s financial protection scheme for holidays.

The Harry Potter anniversary

Jun 18th, 2017 | By
Goathland station on the NYMR

Apart from the fact that heritage railways are popular in their own right, a link to the Harry Potter stories makes them doubly interesting as visitor attractions so the railway is celebrating the anniversary as well.

Saturday snippets: June 17th 2017

Jun 17th, 2017 | By

In the week that roaming charges ended in EU countries, Adrian also wonders if APD in Northern Ireland might end soon.

The growing importance of Dublin Airport

Jun 15th, 2017 | By

Dublin Airport has now become the biggest economic powerhouse in the whole of Ireland.

Holiday belt-tightening

Jun 13th, 2017 | By
Gwithian Beach in Cornwall

Maybe the evidence from TUI and Travelodge just shows that we are unsure about the future. As are the tour operators and, incidentally, the politicians!

Saturday snippets: June 10th 2017

Jun 10th, 2017 | By

Ireland and the USA are seeking more British holidaymakers. Would you consider a summer holiday there?

Dog-friendly tourism awards

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

The awards are the idea of Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition and reward those organisations in Pembrokeshire, a county where tourism and staycations have a more than average importance.

Politicians and tourism

Jun 8th, 2017 | By

Tourism will not win or lose elections nor will it ignite passions in the hearts of politicians so that they will refuse to join a government or bring it down.

Edinburgh in 101 objects

Jun 7th, 2017 | By

About four years ago I wrote a story about the fad of travel stories being based on choosing only the top five or top ten ideas. My objection was that I wanted to know what was number six or number eleven because those were the ones that people wouldn’t see so there would be fewer crowds around. There is the other extreme. It was fashionable a decade ago to wrote books about 1,000 places to see before you die. They can still be seen in
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It ain’t necessarily so

Jun 6th, 2017 | By

To suggest that householders are discriminating whether it be blatantly or unintentionally is galling and insulting to the vast majority of people who place their accommodation for others to rent.

Saturday snippets: June 3rd 2017

Jun 3rd, 2017 | By
Big Bling sculpture

Britons seem to be holidaying further afield. Peru, Costa Rica and Nicaragua all saw more British visitors. And in a week where airline customer service has been to the fore, Adrian has some stories about our rights.

Giving thanks to volunteers

Jun 2nd, 2017 | By

Volunteers’ Week started on June the 1st and the purpose is to celebrate the difference volunteers make to every community across the country! Just about Travel salutes you

Going to the “Trad?”

May 31st, 2017 | By

It is claimed that the world’s largest gathering of traditional river craft will be at Henley on Thames this year at the Trad – Thames Traditional Boat Festival. It will over the weekend starting Friday, the 14 of July.

Claiming for travel sickness

May 30th, 2017 | By
The Caldera Palace Hotel on Crete

There has been a lot of news lately about the unfounded claims about illness whilst on holiday made by some people. Now, one hotel in Crete is counter-suing a couple.

Saturday snippets: May 27th 2017

May 27th, 2017 | By

On the bank holiday weekend, there are thousands of events on including the Great Manchester Run which will have a poignant feel to it this year.

Are all-inclusive holidays value-for-money?

May 26th, 2017 | By

It looks as though all-inclusive holidays are not good value for many people who take them because they spend unnecessarily and they would probably be better off by booking an ordinary holiday rather than an all-inclusive one.

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.