Travel rumblings

No Spanish holiday for Scots?

Jul 9th, 2020 | By

What’s the betting that, in a few days’ time, the Scottish government will say Scots can fly to Spain again.



We are four, not one

Jul 2nd, 2020 | By

The UK as one destination. It is four and different rules and even laws apply.



In pilots we place our trust

Jul 1st, 2020 | By

The last thing that passengers want to know is to find out that they are on a flight piloted by someone who cheated in their exams.



The Bournemouth guinea pigs

Jun 26th, 2020 | By
Bournemouth beach

If there is a spike and the tourism industry gets hit again and we face lock-downs or tightened rules, then those half million should feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves.



It isn’t a win-win

Jun 23rd, 2020 | By

Maybe after today’s announcement it will be a lose-lose for the two companies.



Better passenger safety?

Jun 19th, 2020 | By

The theory – according to the airport – is to manage the number of passengers going through security and “to ensure passengers feel safer.”



Is there a pent-up holiday demand?

Jun 15th, 2020 | By

From the travel industry has come a raft of press releases suggesting that as soon as we are allowed we will be heading off on holidays.



Calamity – another shortage

Jun 10th, 2020 | By
mamite jar in bag for liquid items inspection

What B&B, guesthouse and hotel in the UK can call itself one of the best if it has no Marmite on the breakfast table?



Coronavirus crisis: We are not ‘all in this together’

Jun 8th, 2020 | By

It’s simply not true to say “we are all in it together’ writes Kaye Holland



The end of buffet meals?

Jun 7th, 2020 | By

No-one other than the hospitality industry knows the length of time that salad leftovers have been recycled into various other buffet meals.



To quarantine or not to quarantine?

Jun 4th, 2020 | By
cartoon of a traveller

The UK government has, to use an old-fashioned phrase, got its knickers in a twist over the proposed fourteen day quarantine advice.



Being a bit of a kill-joy

May 30th, 2020 | By

At some stage the de facto ban on overseas travel will end. At some stage people will yearn to travel again and to travel abroad. At some stage the deals offered will be so tantalising that we will go.



Tit-for-tat quarantines

May 26th, 2020 | By
Shipwrech beach in Zakynthos

After the UK announced that they would impose a 14-day quarantine period on people entering the countries, France and Greece have announced similar restrictions.



Travel insurance clauses

May 23rd, 2020 | By

What insurance companies will have to do in the future is to convince us that their policies are worth the cost and aren’t just a list of wriggle-free clauses.



Joined-up decision-making please.

May 20th, 2020 | By

Achieving uniformity around the world would help dispel a growing view that scientific advisors are as unconfident as the rest of us



Quarantine-free or not?

May 16th, 2020 | By

Last weekend we were told that the French and Irish would not have to undergo quarantine restrictions when they entered the UK. This weekend – who knows!



International support for tourism

May 8th, 2020 | By

But for all the power that the G20 and EU command, its statements after the virtual meeting were long on words and short on action.



Whose money is it?

May 7th, 2020 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

The way travel companies function has to alter. And the regulator needs to be independent of the industry.



Heathrow’s future

May 3rd, 2020 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

The advantages of Skype, Zoom, Facetime and visual conferencing software is likely to make business people wonder whether some trips are necessary.



St George’s Day

Apr 23rd, 2020 | By
Shakespeares Birthplace

It will be a national day with little celebration.



Stultifying tourism

Apr 21st, 2020 | By

On this anniversary day, nature is achieving what human terrorism has been unable to achieve; stultifying tourism.



No summer holidays

Apr 20th, 2020 | By

From the outcry reported by the mainstream media about the reaction of ABTA you might have thought that Shapps had consigned holidays for all time into the fiery furnace.



Another three weeks

Apr 17th, 2020 | By

I am lucky. I have a patio and a long garden. My garden abuts steep slopes that fall down to a river. In fact two rivers



An Easter break like no other

Apr 10th, 2020 | By

To all our readers, enjoy Easter but whilst it might be one like no other making it a safe one and act responsibly.



Another thirty days?

Apr 8th, 2020 | By

Today the EU suggested that the lockdown should last until May 15th



What next?

Mar 23rd, 2020 | By

Mass media is carrying pictures this morning of busy beaches at Bournemouth and people in groups walking up Snowden.



“I am tourism. I am hurt at the moment”

Mar 19th, 2020 | By

Here is the whole letter, rather plaintive but beautifully written that sums up what tourism is and means and how we are all hurting since we cannot be tourists today.



A St Patrick’s Day like no other

Mar 17th, 2020 | By

Whilst today is St Patrick’s Day it will be quite like any other St Patrick’s Day I have ever known.