What’s hot: December 2012

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Skegness is making waves, but could the era of the stay-cation be over?


From Manchester to Moscow


easyJet has announced plans to launch the first ever scheduled  flights between Manchester and Moscow in Spring 2013.The four hour flights will operate four times (each way) per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays using an Airbus A320 with 180 seats onboard. Manchester will become the only airport in the UK outside of London offering Moscow services.  easyJet currently flies to 29 destinations from Manchester rising to 32 next year.

Waking up in The Wood Norton
The Wood Norton – a former BBC Broadcasting centre – has reopened its doors as a luxury hotel, following a £4million restoration project. The mansion, which was used by Auntie for over 60 years, is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds and boasts 50 rooms.

Packing for Pasadena

Old Pasadena

Pasadena – a genteel suburb 12 miles from downtown LA – is having a moment. Pasadena’s stunning Santa Anita park recently hosted the 2012 Breeders’ Cup and will be playing host to world class horses again in 2013 – marking the fourth time in six years that the California track has been chosen as the site for thoroughbred racing’s version of a world championship. Meanwhile next month sees Pasadena stage its rose parade – an annual event that draws over 700,000 spectators and is watched on TV by a further 40 million Americans! Go now before the crowds catch on… For information and inspiration, check out our article

Owning your own pier
Ever fancied owning your own pier? If the answer is yes then you might be interested to know that South Parade Pier in Southsea, near Portsmouth, is being sold at auction for £200,000. South Parade Pier is one of just 55 private piers left in Britain but prospective buyers be warned: the Victorian structure needs £2 million of restoration work…

Skegness: Britain’s answer to Las Vegas?

Mark Anderson aka the Mayor of Skegness wants to bring a bit of Sin City to Skegness, having been seduced by the bright lights of Vegas on a recent trip to the States. Anderson wants to see Skegness issued with a casino licence, something he says would create jobs in the Lincolnshire coastal town.



Wasting annual leave
A study by website TravelSupermarket has revealed that more than a million workers will fail to take their full holiday entitlement this year.

The poll found that one in four (28 per cent) of those who will not take their full holiday entitlement, will do so due to pressures at work. CD-Traveller appreciates that, given the very recent recession, Brits will feel wary about taking holiday but don’t forget: no one ever died saying they wish they had spent more time at work. If you have annual leave left and are in need of some travel information and inspiration, check out our travel destinations and travel tips and opinions sections.

Turning Chinese tourists away

Britain is being left behind, when it comes to Chinese tourists. This is partly due to an overly pedantic visa application – Chinese travellers are currently required to fill out a 30 page visa form (in English) to visit the UK. But it’s also due to the fact that Frankfurt, Paris and other European cities offer more flights to China than Heathrow.
The government needs to take note. Do nothing and the UK will miss out on affluent Chinese splashing their cash on our shores.


New figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that more Britons have been overseas this year, than last year with many Brits delaying their vacation  plans until after the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (the number of overseas trips taken during September, rose by five per cent to 6.49 million).
Yet while we have turned our back on the stay-cation – thanks perhaps to the sun’s failure to show – it’s usually to Europe that we are escaping. The research highlighted that visits to North America fell by three per cent, and trips to other non-European destinations by two per cent.

Being a lazy linguist
Only 10 per cent of British holiday makers will attempt to speak the local language, according to a new poll by travel money specialist IDAFX.co.uk.
Most of the Brits surveyed said that they didn’t need to bother learning the local lingo when abroad, because English is widely spoken around the world.
That maybe true but here at CD-Traveller towers we encourage travelllers to learn local languages and cultures: the rewards are endless.

Power napping pilots

Alarming news has reached CD-Traveller towers: more than four in 10 British pilots have admitted to having fallen asleep at the controls of an airplane, according to a survey by the European Cockpit Association (ECA).
Fatigue among pilots is a “common, dangerous and under-reported phenomenon in Europe,” says the study.  Yet as disturbing as it is to read about pilots dropping off, when you consider that UK pilots can currently go up to 18 hours without sleep, is anyone really surprised by these fatigue figures?


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