Travel rumblings

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.



Sticking up for Gordon Robertson

Dec 22nd, 2018 | By

Edinburgh needs to decide whether it wants tourists or not.



Understand the Gatwick implications

Dec 21st, 2018 | By

It is the implications of this attack that I find are the most worrying.



Why do hotel guests steal?

Dec 4th, 2018 | By

What we don’t know is whether guests actually stole these items or whether they just “walked.” That we will probably never know.



About railways – again!

Nov 30th, 2018 | By

Readers may be bored if I mention it again but how can rail fares continue to rise when the service is so lamentable?



The dark side of Dubai

Nov 28th, 2018 | By

There’s another side to the City of Gold says Kaye Holland



Travelling with large passengers

Nov 25th, 2018 | By

The time has come when a sensible debate needs to be had about airline seat sizes.



Kyoto and tourism pollution

Nov 8th, 2018 | By
Kyoto cherry blossom

It is concerned about the behaviour of visitors in the Gion-Shinbashi area of the city where relations between visitors and locals has reached the point where a committee of locals has been set up to encourage more courteous behaviour.



My data and me

Oct 26th, 2018 | By

At Edinburgh airport this week, I bought a meal deal. At the self-service checkout the reader wanted to scan the barcode on my boarding card. Why?



Airline alcohol prices

Oct 25th, 2018 | By

I think that I shall remain teetotal on flights. The cabin crew may not like it but my wallet will!



Dealing with unruly passengers

Oct 22nd, 2018 | By
Ryanair

Just as airlines have adopted a no-tolerance policy towards over-drinking and flying, the same attitude should be taken to this sort of behaviour.



A right Russian rigmarole

Oct 2nd, 2018 | By

Russian visa applications are notoriously complex but the pay off is worth it, writes Kaye Holland



Has the aviation industry gone too far?

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

As more and more airports introduce charges for just dropping off passengers is this man’s attitude an indication that passengers might be reaching the limits of the patience with the way that the aviation industry is fleecing passengers at every opportunity?