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Reducing APD in Wales

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By

Yesterday morning the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said that the Welsh government would aim to scrap air passenger duty (APD) on long-haul flights if the tax was devolved to Cardiff. Nicola Sturgeon said similar things about APD when it was devolved to Scotland. She has run into problems implementing any change because it requires an EU decision. Jones will face the same problem so why say things he is unlikely to be able to deliver? The probable answer is that he only said it because
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Short-term holiday lets in Ireland

Oct 29th, 2017 | By

The Irish government has introduced new rules saying that if a householder wants to short-term let their property then they have to get planning permission first.



Saturday snippets: 28th October 2017

Oct 28th, 2017 | By

Greater protection for air passengers, Ryanair’s baggage policy and new museum about dogs occupy some of Adrian’s thoughts this week.



Luxury holidays boom

Oct 27th, 2017 | By

Significantly, in Europe, most luxury trips are undertaken by the British with 3.6 million trips, ahead of the French and the Germans with the most popular luxury travel destination beings the USA.



APD is a revenue raising tax

Oct 26th, 2017 | By
Gatwick

Apd is a revenue tax and not a green tax designed to deter us from flying and reduce emissions! Isn’t it nice to know!



The Heathrow debate. Again!

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

Bored readers turn away now. Yesterday the government announced that it would re-open the consultation period on airport expansion in the south east of England to last until December.



Saturday snippets: 21st October 2017

Oct 21st, 2017 | By

Some Caribbean islands are open for business again after the hurricane damage and, as half term is still on, Adrian finds some events you might want to visit isn Salou and Sydney.



Museums at night

Oct 20th, 2017 | By

Next week is the annual Museums at Night event, a time when you can visit participating museums as they throw open their doors during the night for people to see museums in a different way.



Thomson RIP

Oct 19th, 2017 | By

Yesterday TUI linked the old with the new. Thomson died and the smart customer holiday suggestor was born in its stores. The next step is to see how customers react to both.



The chickens come home to roost

Oct 17th, 2017 | By

The judge, as he handed out the sentence, said that those submitting fraudulent claims can expect prison sentences.



Saturday snippets: 14th October 2017

Oct 14th, 2017 | By

More tourists, more spending, smoking bans and new theme park attractions are just some of the things catching Adrian’s attention this week



Flying with Pete and Sam

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

Last Thursday, Air New Zealand launched its first ever global brand campaign in the UK. Why mention this when airlines have campaigns all the time? Because in the last few years, the airline has a gained a reputation for unusual and/or amusing releases.  Qantas achieved a difference by linking their safety video with shots of Australia but the leader has to be Air new Zealand and their Middle Earth theme. You you can watch by clicking here. So far it has had over 30,000,000 views
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The Leading Culture Destinations Awards,

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

The winners of the Leading Culture Destination 2017 awards have recently been announced.



Saturday snippets: 7th October 2017

Oct 7th, 2017 | By

If you had a fear of flying would a Navigator Buddy help to soothe you? Just one thought that Adrian has this week as the winner of the Family Friendly Museum award is announced.



You vote, we fly

Oct 5th, 2017 | By
image of a Eurowings tail fin

This is the slogan behind a promotion for the German airline, Eurowings which has decided to let us, the travellers, vote on which would be the new route.



Changing times at easyJet

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By

A few weeks ago, easyjJet announced that it was signing deals with Norwegian and the Canadian airline, WestJet, enabling it to sell tickets to some additional destinations to which it didn’t fly. Now it has announced deals with four more airlines.



The end of Monarch?

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Image of a Monarch plane

Update: 3/10/2017. Yesterday 12,000 people were returned to the UK on planes chartered by the CAA. A similar number are expected today. Most returning passengers say the systems for getting holidaymakers back home is working.



Heartfelt Messages

Oct 1st, 2017 | By
one of the creators with staff at the national Arboretum

This is the name of a new mass-participation art installation that commemorates the sacrifice made by the British Armed Forces, and their families at home during the Battle of Passchendaele.



Saturday snippets: September 30th 2017

Sep 30th, 2017 | By
Great Barrier Reef

As destinations attract more people, can the infrastructure cope and a major discovery in the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian state of Queensland should encourage more tourists to the area.



Could Milton Keynes be the European City of Culture in 2023?

Sep 28th, 2017 | By

Milton Keynes is going to bid to become European City of Culture in 2023. But can it? What about Brexit? What about the culture part of the award?



The end of the postcard?

Sep 26th, 2017 | By

These days I don’t look at my e-mails because I get hundreds. I don’t get anywhere near the post I used to receive ten years ago so I look at it all. I even read the few postcards I receive.



Saturday snippets: September 23rd 2017

Sep 23rd, 2017 | By

This week, the snippets column is given over to a summary of the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria as well as the earthquake in Mexico



Saving time for skiing

Sep 20th, 2017 | By

Flying into Sion on powdair means that the travelling time to resorts like Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz will be much shorter.



Saturday snippets: September 16th 2017

Sep 16th, 2017 | By

Light shows, food festivals and a new US civil rights trail are some of the things catching Adrian’s attention this week.



Persuading 16-34 year olds to holiday at home

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

Called ‘Join the World – Discover the UK’ campaign will target, in the words of Visit England, this ‘lost generation.’



More tourists wanted in London

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
tower of london

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has launched a new plan for a 30% rise in visitor numbers by 2025.



Saturday snippets: September 9th 2017

Sep 9th, 2017 | By
Prague's Signal Festival

Gin, yachts (there is a link there somewhere) and the appalling Hurricane Irma occupy some of Adrian’s thoughts this week.



A high ropes course for wheelchair users

Sep 7th, 2017 | By

Built using a series of trees as the main supports, this unique and specialist facility is 100 metres long and stretches across eight platforms, with seven separate challenges.