Travel rumblings

Germany wants ski resorts closed

Nov 28th, 2020 | By

ngela Merkel has called on the EU to close all ski resorts this winter. The Italian prime minister has asked Italians not to head to the slopes



Want a BA Club World mug?

Nov 23rd, 2020 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

Much as the rest of us clear our garages out and send stuff off to charity shops or the tip, BA has decided to flog off some of its stuff to raise a bit of cash



A Christmas strike

Nov 19th, 2020 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

At first sight, who will have any sympathy for people planning to strike over Christmas at Heathrow?



Could the EU move any slower?

Nov 7th, 2020 | By

I could be an old man before a common policy is in operation!



Sometimes in a hole, you should stop digging

Nov 3rd, 2020 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Ryanair made a mess of customer relations during the first lockdown and it doesn’t look to have improved those relations this time around.



Giving confidence

Oct 29th, 2020 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

The obvious thing for it to do would be to extend its protection on vouchers issued up until just after Easter



Charging companies interest

Oct 27th, 2020 | By

As part of ATOL bonding, why couldn’t there be a clause stating that money refunds and compensation must be paid within a set period



You’re worth about £50 each

Oct 17th, 2020 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

Why can’t the rulings about data breaches always include a compensation sum to the people affected?



Fancy Mauritius? Then face the hurdles

Oct 10th, 2020 | By

Either you want visitors in which case you have to make travel and entry a little easier or you refuse entry to visitors for a bit longer.



The Simon Calder rumpus

Oct 10th, 2020 | By
pier in Aber

Calder’s reaction has been much more thoughtful and responsible that mine might have been.



Regional restrictions

Oct 8th, 2020 | By
Berlin Reichstag

The travel industry has urged governments to support regional no-go areas rather than blocking off whole countries. This thinking grew in intensity after the UK blocked the whole of Portugal rather than the regions where the pandemic was strongest. So the Algarve, the Azores and Madeira suffered from not having British tourists despite having a low incidence. The same happened in Spain where the Canaries and the Balearics had few cases compared to the mainland. Now countries are opting for more regional targeting so Britons
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National Customer Service Week

Oct 6th, 2020 | By

Communication with customer seemed sadly lacking. That is what travel companies need to learn



‘Travel the world. Make a difference’

Sep 29th, 2020 | By

At any other time I would be a supporter of such a view, my long-held thoughts being that travel does indeed broaden the mind



Today is World Tourism Day

Sep 27th, 2020 | By
Image of West Lake

This year there seems to be no reason to celebrate travel, just to remember how it was and the many people who have lost their jobs.



The future for multi-centre holidays

Sep 23rd, 2020 | By

Life is becoming increasingly more difficult to follow, understand and to decide what to do.



Testing holiday times

Sep 21st, 2020 | By

The more destinations that insist on a PCR test, the more strain that is placed on the NHS to test and laboratories to respond.



Welcome back Thomas Cook?

Sep 16th, 2020 | By

Only the next few months will show whether the public is willing to trust the Thomas Cook name again.



UK has four different quarantine rules

Sep 8th, 2020 | By
image from the air of Mykonos

There is confusion as all four nations now have different rules for Greece.



The dis-United Kingdom

Sep 6th, 2020 | By

All politicians have claimed that they are acting on medical advice yet the interpretation was so different.



The demise of UK aviation

Sep 5th, 2020 | By

What are airlines and airports doing to make people feel safe. Masks and distancing seem to be it.



Enforcing wearing masks

Sep 1st, 2020 | By

Passenger confidence is at a low ebb and this incident is going to do nothing to persuade those waverers that it is safe to fly.



Break quarantine, get a criminal record

Aug 29th, 2020 | By

If this interview that Shapps gave is good for anything it is to remind all holidaymakers that they have a duty to their fellow citizens.



Why must rail fares go up at all?

Aug 26th, 2020 | By

Cancelling a rise would be not just good politics but help to restore some faith in the future direction of transport.



Overcrowded, overpriced and overwhelmed

Aug 18th, 2020 | By

This was a headline that the American news station, CNN, ran over the weekend to describe UK staycations this year.



CAA. Toothless in support of the consumer?

Aug 16th, 2020 | By
passenger flight delay compensation

The virus has altered much in our lives and improving the rights of passengers and travellers would be one good thing to come out of it.



Holiday cases of the virus

Aug 13th, 2020 | By
Bournemouth beach

What I do question is the role played by the holidaymaker.



The future for high street travel agents

Aug 2nd, 2020 | By

There will probably always be a core public for travel agency services but can the remaining travel agencies just rely on that shrinking number?



Spain – the implications for travel

Jul 29th, 2020 | By

Over the last month the biggest question considered by those in overseas travel is how to restore confidence in the eyes of you and I – the traveller and holidaymaker.