Travel rumblings

Its April Fool’s Day so lets revisit English Tourism Week

Apr 1st, 2018 | By

Next time, Visit England, forget the politicians who did next to nothing to help and concentrate on publicising tourism benefits to us – the visitors.



Frank Gardner’s wheelchair

Mar 28th, 2018 | By

After the event, the BBC reported that Holland Kaye said that disabled passengers stranded on planes at Heathrow would not receive compensation for the delay.



De La Rue v Gemalto

Mar 25th, 2018 | By

There has been a bit of an outcry about the fact that a Franco-Dutch firm called Gemalto has won the contract to produce the new post Brexit, blue passports. The hubbub has arisen because a number of MP’s and Brexiters feel that a British company should have been awarded the contract. Lord Foulkes said the matter should be reviewed “in the name of not just security, but of national pride.” At present De La Rue prints most of the passports with about 20% of blank
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Fined £15,000 for a fraudulent claim

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

The fine handed done in Liverpool County Court only illustrates that tour operators will pursue those fraudulently claiming even if it costs them more than paying out a claim initially.



Tightening up on those who are slow compensation payers

Mar 14th, 2018 | By

Overall AirHelp says that passengers – not just Americans – are owed more than €5 billion by airlines, a staggering sum.



This is “Scottish Tourism Month”

Mar 11th, 2018 | By

Scottish Tourism Month just seems a handy title to hang a number of trade meetings around and nothing more.



Leave London? Never

Mar 7th, 2018 | By

Ex-Londoners complain that life in the capital circa 2018 is getting worse but Kaye Holland is hooked and hopes never to leave



Ryanair’s Scottish logic

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Yesterday it was announced that Ryanair was pulling the vast majority of its flights from Glasgow Airport. Instead of there being 23 flights from the airport there would be just three – to Dublin, Wroclaw and Krakow.



Overcrowded trains

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By

As train passenger numbers grow, railway companies will have to more flexible.



Buses and tourism

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
trawscymru bus

Day-trips are important tourism opportunities and the withdrawal of services will lessen the opportunity for both us and overseas visitors to explore parts of the UK.



Hindering Welsh tourism growth

Feb 9th, 2018 | By

Deidre Wells, the boss of UK Inbound, drew attention to a feature that Just about Travel moaned about nearly four years ago. She said that more should be done to improve north-south links.



Monitoring travel insurance

Jan 31st, 2018 | By

A bit more clarity on behalf of travel insurers would help and reduce the number of claims being made.



What’s the point?

Jan 28th, 2018 | By

If I was a local attraction or tour provider I would be miffed if my brochures were closeted next to a wall and unable to be seen by anyone. Having paid for a display I would want them to be displayed.



And the award for best way to upset guests goes to…

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

Next week the hotel will be used by the company to hand out awards. Is there one for Worst Way to Look after Guests?



Eating near San Marco in Venice

Jan 24th, 2018 | By

Will Luigi Brugnaro examine the whole business of restaurant charging rather than this one incident? All it does is give Venice a bad name.



The glamorous day of a travel writer

Jan 19th, 2018 | By
cartoon of an unhappy suitcase

If pushed, and only if pushed, I will admit to others that I am a travel writer.



Are bed taxes fair and just?

Jan 14th, 2018 | By

Before any city seriously considers an accommodation tax, the fairness of it and the effect on both tourism and locals needs to be assessed.



Passenger compensation for airline failure

Jan 11th, 2018 | By
Image of a Monarch plane

The time has come for air passengers to be treated like those who buy holidays and for them to be provided with protection.



Is Club 55 worth it?

Jan 10th, 2018 | By

This is the time of the year when railway companies introduce their promotions like Club 55 to encourage us to fill those empty seats on trains.



Restrictions on “smart” luggage

Jan 8th, 2018 | By

Monday January 15th is a red-letter day for international travellers and it is now just one week away.



The rise of bleisure

Jan 7th, 2018 | By
cartoon of passenger rushing to catch a flight

For many years it has been known that business travellers will relax on their business trip and possibly visit a gallery, a museum, the theatre or even undertake a two- hour tour of their destination.



Flying to Europe after Brexit

Dec 31st, 2017 | By
the south rreminal at Gatwick

Did the EU issue this “clarification” because it felt that such discussions aren’t progressing and it was a spur to start the ball rolling?



Truth and lies in the Cayman Islands

Dec 26th, 2017 | By

There is a mismatch between the popular myths and the reality, when it comes to the Cayman Islands



Bangor Winter Wonderland

Dec 18th, 2017 | By
pop-up ice rinks

Why is it that seemingly every year a winter attractions is closed because it cannot deliver?



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.