What’s hot: November 2011

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month it’s good news for Greenwich and Glasgow but Gulf Air may want to rethink their plans to introduce in-flight phone and internet access

Early Christmas holidays
The week before the big day (December 17-24) is proving a prime week for families – the school holidays have started and prices are purse pleasing. Get in!


Vietnam airlines is to launch direct flights from London Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, from December 9. There are currently no direct services between London and Vietnam meaning anyone heading to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) is forced to fly via Frankfurt and Paris or connect in Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. Find out more at www.vietnamairlines.com

Sleeping easy in Africa
Easyhotel is to open 50 properties across Africa over the next five years. The group has yet to confirm which cities it will open hotels in but says that the first easyhotel in Africa will open for business in 2012. Easyhotel already has 15 properties in London, Basel, Berlin, Budapest, Edinburgh and Zurich. For more info, visit www.easyhotel.com

Sporty silver haired types
Last year we reported on the rise of the grey gapper. And now it seems that the over 50s have developed a penchant for adventure sports! Research by Gnu Insurance reveals that 13 percent of UK travellers over 50 take up adventure sports – think windsurfing, waterskiing, rock climbing, caving and bungee jumping – when on holiday!


To date Scotland’s second city has attracted more tourists than the country’s capital, Edinburgh, in 2011. We’re putting it down to the Brad Pitt effect. The Hollywood star spent august in the city, shooting scenes for his new film World War Z.

Reality TV show locations

Figures from cheapflights.co.uk reveal that reality TV shows such as The Only Way Is Essex, Made In Chelsea and Geordie Shore have boosted the popularity of holiday destinations visited in their programmes. Case in point? Searches for Cannes soared 39 percent after it appeared on Made In Chelsea, while Mykonos in Greece saw an 89 percent jump in searches after X Factor judge, Tulisa, took contestants there at the start of this season’s series.

Flying for free to Japan
10,000 free flights to Japan could be up for grabs next year. The Japan Tourism Agency is planning the promotion – which could start as early as April 2012 – in an attempt to win back tourism following divesting tsunami and earthquake earlier this year. The number of foreign tourists travelling to Japan plummeted more than 50 percent during the three months that followed the disaster.


Travel guide Frommer’s has named the London borough of Greenwich as one of the world’s top 10 tourist attractions for 2012! Greenwich – which will host equestrian events, modern pentathlon, shooting, trampolining, basketball and artistic gymnastics – during next year’s Olympic and Paralympic games is home to iconic sights such as the Cutty Sark ship, the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.

In-flight phones
A survey of 1300 travellers by Fly.com shows that less than five percent of passengers want in-flight phone and internet access owing to the noise disturbance, while a further 62 percent expressed concern about the safety risks of mobile phone use onboard. Delta and Gulf Air may want to rethink their plans: the American airline plans to introduce Wi-Fi to its regional jets while Gulf Air is looking at allowing broadband and mobile phone services across its whole fleet.


Now is not the time to travel to Thailand. British holidaymakers have been advised to avoid travelling to Thailand following the country’s worse flooding in 50 years. The FCO website states: “We now advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok and the 26 provinces in Thailand affected by flooding.”

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