Travel rumblings

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.

Politicians and the “Airbnb model.”

Apr 24th, 2018 | By
poster advertising Mallorca

Palma on the island of Mallorca, and a very popular destination for British holidaymakers, is to ban flat owners from renting their apartments to travellers as from July 1st,

More time is spent planning than holidaying

Apr 18th, 2018 | By

American Express says that we spend more time planning our holidays than actually being away from home.

Disabilities and plane travel

Apr 9th, 2018 | By

Part of the government’s aviation strategy will probably include measures to make it easier for disabled passengers to fly with less hassle than they may currently experience.

Are we a bunch of scroungers?

Apr 5th, 2018 | By

And before you ask, yes I have asked for upgrades on my travels and no – to the best of my memory – I didn’t lie. Mind you, I wasn’t very successful either!

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.