Travel rumblings

A traveller’s tale of Heathrow

Dec 12th, 2017 | By

Sarah tells the story of a 2.5 hour flight that lasted eleven hours. And all because Heathrow was full



Being UK Capital of Culture

Dec 11th, 2017 | By

Now that Coventry has been awarded the title what impact can the award bring to the city?



Rail fare increases

Dec 5th, 2017 | By

From January rail fares will go up by 3.4% except we all know that isn’t the real story. Some will rise by more and some by less.



Do airlines want your business?

Nov 28th, 2017 | By

More and more I am getting the feeling that some airlines would rather I took my business elsewhere.



What about the rest of the UK?

Nov 26th, 2017 | By

Too often the promotion by destinations is centred on one place. What about the rest of us?



Christmas on the Champs-Élysées

Nov 24th, 2017 | By

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the council decided not to allow the Christmas market on the Champs-Élysées this year claiming that it was tacky and overpriced.



Brexit and being European Capital of Culture 2023

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By

Brexit means we leave the EU in 2019. So why did five UK cities think that they could enter the European Capital of Culture 2023 competition?



Up Mt Kenya (and down again)

Nov 20th, 2017 | By

If the role of a tourism minister is to promote tourism and to be seen to promote it, it is time that they left their offices one in a while and started some PR offensives like Mr Balala did.



How much do we love our overseas holidays?

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Algarve -beach vista

In the words of the ETC, “a weakened pound failed to deter British holidaymakers to travel internationally.”



Alcohol and air travel

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By

In all, over half of all of us drink more than a pint before we fly and not far short of a quarter of us drink over three pints and then fly.



Protecting Heathrow’s passengers

Oct 29th, 2017 | By

This morning the Sunday Mirror carried a story of the discovery by an unemployed man of a USB stick containing documents about Heathrow’s security may be alarming for passengers.



Investigating hotel comparison sites

Oct 27th, 2017 | By

Just about Travel has commented about the problems with hotel comparison website, welcomes the CMA investigation and urges readers to submot comments to the CMA.



Is my laptop dangerous?

Oct 24th, 2017 | By

My problem is that having known about the potential problems with lithium batteries before why haven’t aerospace safety agencies carried out this testing before?



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.