What’s hot: July 2013

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world right now


Adventure travel
According to recent research by travel association ABTA, the modern holiday-maker is growing more adventurous about the type of holiday they head off on. Translation? It’s out with a week on the beach and in with ‘active’ breaks (think lake and mountain holidays) and roads less travelled like Burma, Brazil and Russia…



Shark tourism
Shark watching tourism is set to double in the next two decades – according to a study published in the journal Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation. Popular places to see Jaws and friends, include the Maldives, South Africa, Australia, Honduras and Palau.


Flying safely
There’s now no need to panic before taking to the skies. Website Airlineratings.com – the brainchild of Australian aviation author, Geoffrey Thomas, has released a list of safety stats after assessing 425 airlines from around the world. British Airways, Flybe, Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus all fared well.


Taking afternoon tea at The Goring
The five star Goring Hotel in Belgravia has been crowned London’s top destination for afternoon tea, by the Tea Guild. The Goring – a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge – beat off competition from the likes of The Lanesborough, The Savoy and The Ritz-Carlton. Traditional afternoon tea at The Goring costs £37.50, while the champagne tea weighs in at £47.50.


Texas thrills
The Six Flags Over Texas amusement park has launched the world’s highest tower swing ride. The Texas SkyScreamer seats up-to 24 riders in open air swings that reach heights of 400ft! Riders are spun in a circle at speeds of up-to 35mph. Sounds scary, right? But if you manage to keep your eyes open, you’ll be rewarded with view of Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth.



Trips to Thailand
Thailand’s new minister of tourism, Somsak Pureerisak, wants to boost confidence in his country again after a rise in crimes against travellers to Thailand. To this end, Pureerisak is trying to persuade Thai courts to prioritise tourist attacks, thefts and scams and make travellers’ safety a priority.


Single flights to Sydney

Rejoice all travel loving Aussies! Turkish Airlines has announced that it will be launching the first non-stop commercial flight from Istanbul to Sydney within three years making lengthy stop overs a thing of the past. Covering 14,956km, the new route will be the longest commercial flight in the world.


Drinking on Goan beaches
Goa’s beaches are to become alcohol free zones following reports of injuries to tourists, caused by broken bottles on the sands. But if you’re not a fan of hitting the sands sans alcohol, fret not: booze will still be available from beach shacks and restaurants but must be consumed on the premises.


Trips to India
Staying in the subcontinent, trips to India have declined dramatically in the wake of two attacks on female tourists, combined with the rape and murder of a student in Delhi. Figures show that the number of female travellers is down by 35 per cent, with many women opting to visit Southeast Asia instead.


Blue Flag beaches in Britain
The number of British beaches awarded the Blue Flag has dropped by a third since last year, owing to tough new EU standards on beach cleanliness. Only 55 British beaches now meet the “excellent” standard, compared to 79 in 2012.


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