Travel rumblings

Wales is “standing still”

Aug 6th, 2018 | By

For Wales to grow by 0.5% is lamentable and there is little evidence that Visit Wales or the Welsh government understands that it has a problem let alone knowing how to solve it.



It’s too hot to holiday in southern Europe

Aug 5th, 2018 | By

Are Britons – a majority of which are normally sun-lovers – not holidaying in Spain, Portugal and Italy because it is too hot?



Where now for Cuban tourism?

Aug 2nd, 2018 | By
Cuban street

Fears that many had about the typical Cuban ambience of the present won’t be subsumed into international tourism beige for a few more years.



#PlasticPatrol

Jul 30th, 2018 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

Whilst #PlasticPatrol, Surfers Against Sewage and others work hard to remove litter the problem is that litter louts still do it and nothing the government or experts have considered so far seems to deter them.



The rise and rise of tourism beige

Jul 28th, 2018 | By
hotel room

These days to get some individuality, some colour into your holiday you need to go to one of the specialists and even then you may not be successful. Could this be why I have “packaged” my own holidays over the last decade or more?



Enjoying the sun without “nanny” interfering

Jul 25th, 2018 | By
Bournemouth beach

Let’s just sit back and – mindful of problems that too much sun on our bodies can bring – make the most of it because we probably won’t get such a wonderful summer again for a few years.



Lidl is just too depressing

Jul 22nd, 2018 | By

Let’s have a campaign to ban adverts about returning to school until at least half way through the holidays.



Solving tourism pollution.

Jul 18th, 2018 | By

The suggestion by ne expert that all those involved should get together to resolve the problem in a particular destination seems “pie-in-the-sky” given the number of competing claims.



“Making a Splash”

Jul 13th, 2018 | By

The Ceredigon Museum should be thanked for reminding us what many might consider to be a bygone age.



Do you know this man?

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

Neither Cameron nor May has given any of the culture secretaries or tourism ministers long enough to understand their brief.



Planning for tourists – parking and Glenfinnan

Jul 8th, 2018 | By
Glenfinnan viaduct

The parking problem has been growing for some time so the unanswered question must be why didn’t the local authority plan earlier?



Strikes galore!

Jul 5th, 2018 | By

Strikes in France and Italy on Friday and the weekend continue a long series of disruption that travellers have had to put up with for months.



Will Tesco bring us a taste of France?

Jul 3rd, 2018 | By

Is this a ploy by the tourist boards of France and the UK to widen our eating habits by introducing us to the cuisine of each other’s countries?



Should we have a Vacation Day?

Jul 1st, 2018 | By

Should we then have a day – say 1st of July – where we are reminded that we should take holidays for health and well-being reasons?



Airports need passengers

Jun 15th, 2018 | By
Incheon airport, South Korea

For the last two days I have been listening to dozens of people connected to airports – mangers, owners, contractors and planners – all talking about procurement for airport development.



What does $15 million buy you?

Jun 14th, 2018 | By
image of Singapore skyline

The tourist board for Singapore should be dlighted with the worldwide coverage they received earlier this week. It certainly would have cost more than $15 million if they had to pay for it.



What about Heathrow?

Jun 6th, 2018 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

Would I bet on Heathrow’ expansion hapening. Not yet, I wouldn’t.



India closes tourist offices

Jun 5th, 2018 | By

How do you measure whether a tourist office is profitable enough? And why should you? Isn’t the role of a tourist office to provide information to prospective holidaymakers rather than to sell holidays? I ask the question because India’s minister for tourism, KJ Alphons, has decided to close down up to half of the tourist offices outside India that it has. His says that the reason is because it sees, “the continuing digitisation of tourism marketing making bricks and mortar offices less essential. For the
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Is this common?

May 29th, 2018 | By

That ninety seven items had to be thrown doesn’t show carelessness; it shows systemic deceit and a hotel culture that tolerated it.



Playing fair with holidaymakers

May 25th, 2018 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

News arriving at Just about Travel suggests that two of our very biggest tour operators are delaying payments to customers that are owed compensation due to delayed or cancelled flights.



Edinburgh tries again

May 23rd, 2018 | By

Councillors in Edinburgh last January decided that they would look again at introducing an accommodation tax. Four months later and those plans have still not materialised. Why?



Flying with an emotional support pet

May 20th, 2018 | By

For a start goats won’t be allowed. Other creatures banned include insects and hedgehogs (surely not the easiest animal to carry) and barred are any animals with tusks or horns so a highland calf is an obvious no-go!



Ending rail fare anomolies?

May 8th, 2018 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The Rail Delivery Group which represents the train companies, Network Rail and even the RMT union called for change as did the Campaign for Better Transport and Transport Focus. Everyone wants change it seems. But why has it taken so long for them to realise it?



The moaners are out

May 7th, 2018 | By
Bournemouth beach

But I’ll remember the day that a bank holiday was what it was supposed to be – a great day to get out and enjoy our countries.



Visit Dundee and crowdfunding

May 6th, 2018 | By

With a big splash, VisitDundee was launched in late March this year, as a new tourism venture to promote the city as a short break destination.



Where does the money go?

May 1st, 2018 | By

I am beginning to wonder just what information the Department for Culture etc, (which as readers will know is where the tourism minister hangs his hat) Visit England and Visit Britain do hold.



Pray for Syria

Apr 30th, 2018 | By

The killing of innocent civilians has to be condemned



20mph in central London. What a joke!

Apr 27th, 2018 | By

It took 37 minutes at ten fifteen in the morning to get from Euston just as far as Aldwych on a number 59 bus. The distance is under two miles.