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Saturday snippets: 27th October 2018

Oct 31st, 2018 | By


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.



Saturday snippets: 20th October 2018

Oct 20th, 2018 | By

Another airline collapsed this week – Cobalt Air, there seems to be a Brexit effect around and yet another investigation shows that some website reviews are faked



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.



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?



Saturday snippets: 13th October 2018

Oct 13th, 2018 | By
the Acropolis at night

Destinations are pointing out what a good summer it has been for them. But a VAT increase in Ireland may deter UK tourists from visiting the Republic.



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.



Saturday snippets: 6th October 2018

Oct 6th, 2018 | By

New Zealand and Venice both are likely to introduce more rules which might deter tourists visiting whereas Malaysia and Dubai want to attract many more of us.



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.



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.



Saturday snippets: 29th of September 2018

Sep 29th, 2018 | By

The three W’s, Dublin, World Tourism Day and England’s bumper holiday season attract Adrian’s attention this week.



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.



Fake reviews, The Times and TripAdvisor

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

It comes as no surprise to anyway in the travel industry that fake reviews exist. Just about Travel has mentioned in stories going back as far as 2011 that there were fake reviews and, in fairness to TripAdvisor, they have removed them once notified or when they have doubts.



Saturday snippets: 22nd of September 2018

Sep 22nd, 2018 | By

Its Open House weekend in London where more than 800 buildings will open their doors to visitors. Unlike Venice and Moray which seem to want to curtail visitors!



City breaks are bigger then beach holidays

Sep 19th, 2018 | By
montage of New York

City trips worldwide grew four times as fast as the total international holiday market over past 10 years and have overtaken “Sun & Beach” holidays in popularity.



A lottery to help preserve France’s heritage

Sep 16th, 2018 | By

France has no National Trust. It has no English Heritage, Cadw or Historic Scotland. What it does now have is the Loto du Patrimoine.



Saturday snippets: 15th of September 2018

Sep 15th, 2018 | By

The opening of the V&A Dundee, APD in Wales, increasing visitor numbers from the UK to Qatar and the Barbadian Food & Rum Festival are some of the events capturing Adrian’s interest this week.



Longleat Sky Safari

Sep 10th, 2018 | By

This coming weekend sees the Longleat Ski Safari where over 100 hot air balloons will ascend the skies over the Wiltshire countryside.



Travelling on the Glider

Sep 9th, 2018 | By

Last week the Glider began operating in Belfast.



Saturday snippets: 8th of September 2018

Sep 8th, 2018 | By
elephant in kenya

Brazil’s heritage received a clout as many items were lost from its National Museum. Florence tries to regualte visitors and Kenya is said to be wooing low-cost airlines.



BA hacked

Sep 7th, 2018 | By

BA says that anyone affected will be reimbursed but it does leave a number of concerns that both companies and regulators have to address.



A tourism man runs the country

Sep 2nd, 2018 | By

Will he encourage some new thinking over the current Australia” promotion? If he does, given his background it could be quite an interesting time to be part of Australia’s tourism ambitions.



Saturday snippets: 1st of September 2018

Sep 1st, 2018 | By

As summer ends Adrian looks at new campaigns by Singapore, South Africa and Thailand to entice us to visit them for a winter sun break. But first there is the Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park



If its not 7%, you are falling behind

Aug 31st, 2018 | By
Tower of London

It just goes to show that travellers should not take these figures at face value or necessarily be influenced on whether to travel to them or not.



Saturday snippets: 25th of August 2018

Aug 25th, 2018 | By
Costa Rica

There are a spate of cruise stories this week as most of us settle down to enjoy the last bank holiday until Christmas.



Another great getaway

Aug 23rd, 2018 | By
Time for a trip to Tenerife?

Tomorrow the final Great Getaway of the year begins. That is until the Great Christmas one! (Have you noticed  that all bank holidays have “Great Getways” rather than just “getaways?” Motorways and other roads will start getting busy from lunchtime onwards as people get away for the bank holiday weekend and the chance to get a little sunshine before the nights start to draw in. Most of us will stay in the UK and that means,according to the RAC,about 14 million of us will be
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