Travel news

The big holiday booking weekend is coming

Jan 4th, 2018 | By
a beach in the Canary islands

Many in the travel industry think that this weekend will be the busiest of the year for summer holiday bookings. Will it or are people more cautious?



Londoners not holidaying in Spain

Jan 2nd, 2018 | By

From research conducted by ATOL (which I mentioned last Saturday,) it appears that Londoners are less likely that people from other parts of the UK to holiday in Spain.



Welcoming in 2018

Jan 1st, 2018 | By

Surveying 2018 from the very beginning of the year, it looks a bumper year for the industry. May it also be a bumper year for all our readers. Happy New Year.



Saturday snippets: 30th December 2017

Dec 30th, 2017 | By

In his last snippets of 2017, Adrian wishes all readers a happy new year



Greece introduces an accommodation tax

Dec 27th, 2017 | By
image from the air of Mykonos

Greece is copying other destinations around the world by introducing a tourist tax (known as the Stayover Tax) as from the beginning of 2018.



Some restrictions lifted

Dec 24th, 2017 | By

The British Department of Transport has lifted the ban on personal electronic devices but made it a little more confusing by lifting it in some airports in a country but not all.



Saturday snippets: 23rd December 2017

Dec 23rd, 2017 | By

New passports, the new year sales, a new funicular railway and a new record in visitor numb ers at the Giant’s Causeway wrap up the pre-Christmas sippets column.



The Christmas getaway

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By
a Tenerife beach

Today is the supposed to be the busiest day of the holiday period as we fly, drive or catch the ferry.



Christmas in a hotel

Dec 21st, 2017 | By

According to a study, half of Britons would rather spend Christmas in a hotel than stay with their relatives. Would I?



A small crack or hole where insects live?

Dec 18th, 2017 | By

It has given a shot of publicity to Scotland and might encourage more people to visit the country even if only to the Gaelic speaking areas where visitors can ask what “Còsagach” really means.



Saturday snippets: 16th December 2017

Dec 16th, 2017 | By

Light displays at home and abroad, busking, skiing and the Danish uber restaurant, Noma, feature in this column of snippets.



Skiing in Scotland this weekend

Dec 15th, 2017 | By

What is the prospect for skiing in Scotland at the moment?



Saturday snippets: 9th December 2017

Dec 9th, 2017 | By

Light shows, a fast train servce in Germany and anniversaries seem to dominate Adrian’s thinking this week!



Will the European Museum of the Year Award come back to the UK or Ireland?

Dec 8th, 2017 | By

Three British museums, the Design Museum and the Science Museum in London and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth as well as two from Ireland – the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Emigration Museum are up for the awards.



Coventry is the 2021 UK Capital of Culture

Dec 7th, 2017 | By

Tonight it was announced that Coventry, the twelfth largest city in the UK will be the UK capital of Culture the next time it is held which will be in 2021.



powdair postpones

Dec 4th, 2017 | By

The start-up airline, powdair, has postpones starting flights until sometime in 2018.



Saturday snippets: 2nd December 2017

Dec 2nd, 2017 | By

Gingerbread in Tallinn, walking below tigers in Chessington and playing Pokémon GO in Japan are a few of the items that attracted Adrian’s attention this week.



Why is there more beach litter?

Nov 30th, 2017 | By

A report from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says that the amount of litter of our beaches rose by 10% compared to last year.



Harry, Meghan and British tourism

Nov 29th, 2017 | By

Hardly had the announcement been that Prince Harry was going to marry Meghan Markle than the tourism industry went into overdrive.



Saturday snippets: 25th November 2017

Nov 25th, 2017 | By

Tax rises (here and in Greece) Christmas markets and the Northern Lights all go to make up some of the smaller news stories of the week.



Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018

Nov 19th, 2017 | By

Not a country to do things by halves, Thailand organised a procession through the streets of its capital, Bangkok, in order to proclaim that 2018 would be “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018”



Saturday snippets: 18th November 2017

Nov 18th, 2017 | By

A swathe of figures show that British visitor numbers to the Sychelles, Dominican Republic and Cyprus show that we are not cutting back yet. So campaigns by Italy, Ras al Khaimah and Chicago will be pleased that we might consider them for holidays as well.



Georgian wine

Nov 13th, 2017 | By

The fact that the story of Georgian viticulture can now be traced back some 8,000 years is going to be of significance as it will stimulate sales of Georgian wines and tourism.



The status in Puerto Rico

Nov 12th, 2017 | By

Now that Puerto Rico is no longer “news”, here is a status report so that readers can decide whether it is time to consider a holiday on the island.



Saturday snippets: 11th November 2017

Nov 11th, 2017 | By

Adrian sums up some of the news from the World Travel Market that was held in London this week.



Mauritius is (nearly) 50

Nov 8th, 2017 | By

Next year Mauritius will be celebrating fifty years since independence. Although celebrations will continue throughout the year, the actual day is March 12th.



San Antonio: a Creative City of Gastronomy.

Nov 7th, 2017 | By

Coming barely a year after the Texas city of San Antonio was granted UNESCO World Heritage status, the city has another honour. UNESCO has now designated it a Creative City of Gastronomy.



Saturday snippets: 4th November 2017

Nov 4th, 2017 | By

A seal appeared on an Alaskan runway and the runway at Mykonos will be closed for repairs soon. As well as those stories Adrian ponders about who should receive fines when our personal data is hacked and congratulates Hastings Pier on winning the Stirling prize.