Travel rumblings

Is Airbnb changing?

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

Airbnb has signed a deal with a property developer for Airbnb branded sites. Is it now becomein a property developer? Or a quasi-hotelier?



Is your holiday destination growing at 6%?

Oct 15th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of Dubrovnik

Tourism figures for the first 6 months of 2017 grew by 6% compared to the same period last year.



The uncaring tourist

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

It appears that visitors don’t bother to clean up after their dogs but take the attitude that because they are away from home they can treat the countryside and beaches as though it was someone else’s responsibility.



Can we trust travel companies to know?

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

In the light of the Which Holiday? report, is it time for the CAA to do spot checks on those who are ATOL bonded to compile its own statistics on how companies train their staff?



Where’s the customer service?

Oct 10th, 2017 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

Next year as the World Travel Awards reach their silver anniversary maybe the organisers could remember the missing feature and the person on whom the travel industry relies for its very existence – the passenger, traveller and holidaymaker!



Does terrrorism deter holidaymakers?

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

A country perceived as being dangerous may not be as dangerous as we think.



Ryanair persistantly misled passengers alleges CAA

Sep 28th, 2017 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Mishandling the whole problem, as O’Leary sees it, seems to put question marks over Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” programme. Is it for passengers or spin doctors?



Ryanair repulses… again

Sep 25th, 2017 | By

It’s been a long, long week for Ryanair…



Is this the end for Uber in London?

Sep 24th, 2017 | By

I suspect that there is more behind this story than meets the eye and maybe the days ahead will clarify the thinking at TfL.



Beware the highway

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

The Pacific Highway in Australia is one of the most mis-named roads in the world. Its “highway” status is probably limited to no more than a couple of hundred kilometres yet the road runs for thousands of kilometres along the coast of eastern Australia.



The rural appeal of NSW

Sep 11th, 2017 | By

The Australian state of NSW has been trying to promote the rural parts of the state to holidaymakers for a year or two.



A chair for my room please

Sep 3rd, 2017 | By
hotel room

As price-conscious hotels compete for our business, I am beginning to wonder if they have forgotten to consider the guest.



Every week another tourism tax

Aug 31st, 2017 | By
purse with money

The dividing line between tourism related services and most other governmental expenditure is very hard to find.



Do hotels provide good value for money?

Aug 17th, 2017 | By

According to research commissioned by the home rental business UnderTheDoormat nearly half of British adults think hotels offer poor value for money.



Drinking on planes and at airports

Aug 15th, 2017 | By

Surely the first thing is to establish which flights, which time of day, which airlines and which airports are involved and then apply appropriate measures.



Taking a book on holiday?

Aug 13th, 2017 | By
Bookshelf of unread books

I make no bones about it. I prefer proper books to electronic ones.



Would you fly on a plane with no pilot?

Aug 9th, 2017 | By
passenger flight delay compensation

Technically it is feasible. From a practical standpoint, I don’t think the world is ready for this.



Ryanair to have new seating

Aug 6th, 2017 | By
ryanair new seats

If new Ryanair planes will all sport a 32inch seat pitch, then that will be – says seatguru – three inches shorter than some of the planes they currently operate!



Where’s the planning?

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
an airport queue at Gatwick

Passengers will accept additional security measures as necessary. What they won’t accept are delays when the authorities should have known about the likelihood of delays and planned accordingly.



Holiday or helliday?


Jul 30th, 2017 | By

Holidays can mean lots of extra stress and pressure…



Are we the bad guys?

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

No Ms Carne, you are wrong. Tourism and tourists are valuable for destinations and the tourists themselves.



Using TripAdvisor

Jul 23rd, 2017 | By

If the company has less confidence in reviews then surely it is now only another online booking engine, one of many.



Meet Trainy McTrainface

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

It goes to show that sometimes the general public can be a sandwich short of a picnic or, to put it a little bluntly, daft.



Time for a sea change?

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

It behoves all these bodies whose role is to represent consumers to stand up and condemn fraudulent travel sickness claims and uphold the fact that they aim for “best practice” in their industries but something seems amiss.



“We make millions of dreams”

Jul 2nd, 2017 | By

If VivaColombia’s founder and head man, William Shaw, had his way passengers travelling on his airline could pay less by standing all the way.



The end of the road

Jun 29th, 2017 | By

I have been mulling over the implications of the case of Jon Platt, the father who took his daughter away on holiday in term time and who has fought a long and hard battle.



Diary of a travel journalist



Jun 29th, 2017 | By

A glimpse into the life of a travel writer



Taking pesto as hand luggage

Jun 25th, 2017 | By
jar of Genovese pesto

Apparently, pesto, can be taken through customs as hand luggage even though it exceeds the 100ml limit set by the EU.