Travel rumblings

It’s about trust

May 7th, 2019 | By

Sunday’s announcement is a real eye-opener and one that demands change.



We’ll pay you to visit!

Apr 29th, 2019 | By

Reports circulating in Thailand and confirmed by the Ministry of Tourism suggest that there is a proposal being considered cash is given to tourists so that they visit less well-known places.



Only travel if you have a booked seat

Apr 26th, 2019 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The headline grabbing proposal Virgin makes that every seat must be bookable on long distance services has some benefits.



The Dippy Effect

Apr 24th, 2019 | By

Who would have thought that a skeleton of a prehistoric monster would be such a big visitor attraction?



Listen to what customers really want

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

The company says that the survey found that only 8% are booking their holidays through the same package holiday company every time and that this, demonstrated a distinct lack of brand loyalty.



It’s Brexit day! Except it isn’t.

Apr 12th, 2019 | By

At the time of my writing this, everything looks fine for overseas Easter breaks and, if there is no exiting the EU until October 31st, summer holidays should be unaffected.



Gender balance in art exhibitions

Apr 11th, 2019 | By

The question is whether there many women artists of stature to attract huge crowds?



Enough to make you blush!

Apr 11th, 2019 | By

This was the phrase used by the president of JetBlue to describe the premium-priced airline ticket prices between London and the US cities of New York and Boston.



Where does our money go?

Apr 9th, 2019 | By

Over €216 million has been raised which has been channelled into 156 projects in the Balearic isles.



April Fools’ Day in travel

Apr 2nd, 2019 | By

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day. How did the travel industry respond?



Tourism or trade?

Mar 20th, 2019 | By

Many destinations would move heaven and earth to attract more cruise ships yet Dublin is suggesting the opposite. Is it due to tourist pollution in the centre of Dublin? No – Brexit.



What is more important? A cruise company or the passenger?

Mar 17th, 2019 | By

If I had booked a cruise I would rather it visited the ports as advertised and which had prompted me to book it rather than re-route the vessel taking me somewhere I might not want to go?



Fifteen awards and no satisfaction

Mar 14th, 2019 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

There is one glaring omission in the Visit England awards: not a single one for customer satisfaction or service.



Belfast and Ryanair

Mar 8th, 2019 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

APD has become a useful red herring to hide behind when commercial reality shows that Ryanair has got its calculations wrong.



Goodbye Mexico

Feb 27th, 2019 | By

I will “continue with tourism promotion, not only of my beloved Mexico…”



Do we need Brand Europe?

Feb 24th, 2019 | By

Promoting “Visit Europe” as an idea seems a waste of €300 million that could be better spent by individual countries or areas.



The longest queues at an airport

Feb 20th, 2019 | By

Let these coffee buffs stop the problems they are causing and settle for just a simple coffee.



Another hotel moan

Feb 19th, 2019 | By

What is about designers? Don’t they live in the real world?



The end for jumbo planes?

Feb 14th, 2019 | By

Smaller aircraft like the Dreamliner and the A-350 can now fly the routes that used to be the preserve of the jumbos.



Getting away with it?

Feb 7th, 2019 | By
hotel room

The CMA has smacked their hands and told them not to be bad boys. The companies have said they won’t do it again and the CMA has settled for that



Why isn’t the UK attracting more tourists?

Jan 27th, 2019 | By
Tower of London

Sooner or later the British government and politicians from whatever party have to understand that their parliamentary shenanigans are affecting an important industry.



Passengers don’t care

Jan 14th, 2019 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

It is been a complete waste of time since nobody seems to have taken any notice of it at least any meaningful way.



Edinburgh council and how it interprets surveys

Jan 10th, 2019 | By
tourist buses

I like the way the BBC wrote up the results of the public consultation that the council in Edinburgh undertook about its proposed £2 tax a night on hotels.



Encrypting sensitive information

Jan 8th, 2019 | By

In future I should like to know that places at which I stay will be as data secure as they can be and that checks are in place to confirm that this is so.



Venice and the day-tripper

Jan 1st, 2019 | By

The target of the fee is cruise passengers which, the local council and many locals argue, bring people in for the day and yet contribute little in the way of economic benefit to the city.



1001 places to see before I die

Dec 30th, 2018 | By
Macchi Piccu, Peru

Wouldn’t it be better to suggest something more manageable like one or two places a year with a maximum of probably 100 things to see?



The advertising has started

Dec 24th, 2018 | By
Titanic museum

All-in-all I’d book with a competitor that does try to stimulate my interest in a holiday which is what Gibraltar, Ireland and Virgin Atlantic manage with their more direct ads!



Shaming Morocco

Dec 23rd, 2018 | By

The spontaneous reaction of many Moroccan’s in decrying the terrorist atrocity and coming out for the vigil suggests that there is anger and shame at the murders.