What’s hot: June 2014

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Jamie Oliver makes a splash at sea

Word is that The Naked Chef will open a Jamie’s Italian – at sea! Royal Caribbean International has revealed that two of its resort ships – Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas – will boast Jamie’s Italian (one of the biggest success stories in high street eating) from autumn 2014 onwards. The Naked Chef said: “I’m thrilled to partner with Royal Caribbean to debut my very first restaurants at sea […] It’s going to be brilliant!”


Turkey time

Istanbul; where east meets west as the old saying goes

Turkey’s intriguing capital, Istanbul, has been named the top destination in the world, and in Europe, ahead of cities such as Rome, London, Paris and New York, in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations by TripAdvisor. 
 “We continue to receive record number of visitor numbers to Istanbul every year as they discover the captivating energy of this exciting culture capital, “ said Selcuk Can, Attaché for the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey – Office of the Counsellor for Culture and Information in London.  He added: “The only city in the world to straddle two continents at the crossroads of civilization, Istanbul is one fascinating melting pot of a great 21st-century city.”


Thorpe Bark
Thorpe Park April 1st

Thorpe Park Resort has launched Thorpe Bark – the world’s first theme park to open its doors to dogs! Apparently following extensive requests from owners, the Resort wanted to give guests’ four legged friends the chance to enjoy thrilling rollercoasters. Enter: Thorpe Bark which also offers a five star kennel service for canines that just want to chill. A Thorpe Park Resort spokeswoman said: “After constant requests from owners, we have decided to finally open the Park to Dogs so they too can enjoy the thrilling rides. We’ve tested each ride extensively with our volunteers, and apart from a few nervous barks on STEALTH, our guests rated it five woofs out of five. For more information visit Facebook/THORPEPARK


Spain’s sands

the ever-popular Spanish, Canary Isles

Wondering which country has the cleanest beaches? Look no further than Spain, which has once again topped the world Blue Flag list. 571 Spanish beaches have received the cleanliness award. Greece came second with 408 beaches while Turkey claimed the third spot with 387 beaches.

Copacabana Palace
Rio’s most famous hotel – the neoclassical Copacabana Palace whose high profile past guests include Prince Charles, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna – was the subject of a recent one off BBC2 documentary. And rightly so. An exercise in measured elegance, it’s almost impossible to exaggerate the glories of this property with its dazzling white façade, whose recent £20million refurb has upped the decadence quota. Forget the World Cup: the Copacabana Palace is Rio’s real star.

London calling

When a man is tired of london
London has welcomed close to 17 million international visitors in one year for the first time in history, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.Tourists from around the globe have flocked to the UK capital in ever increasing numbers to visit attractions such as the Natural History Museum, National Gallery and British Museum. The latter, boosted by exhibitions such as ‘Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’, was the most popular attraction with over 6.7 million visitors – making it the British Museum’s most successful year on record.
London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “These record-breaking figures are a tribute to the outstanding mix of culture, art, music and sport to be found here and more is planned. With major international sporting events including the Rugby World Cup and the Tour de France and spectacular exhibitions at the Tate and the British Museum this year, it is clear that this wonderful city will not rest on its laurels.” Some of the major cultural events this year will be ‘Ming: 50 Years that changed China’ at the British Museum, ‘Constable: The Making of a Master’ at the V&A and ‘Rembrandt: The Final Years’ at the National Gallery.

Bristol has been name among the UK”s top 10 destinations. The gorgeous Georgian town has moved up from tenth in 2013 to seventh best-rated destination in the UK in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations. Kelly Ballard, Head of Marketing for Destination Bristol, commented: “The combination of Georgian architecture, bustling Harbourside, award winning attractions, fantastic shopping and our friendly West Country vibe is obviously being appreciated by lots more people.  To move up the ranks from tenth to seventh really is a credit to all of those who are involved in the tourism economy in Bristol.”

Cathay Pacific uniforms

Female cabin crew at Cathay Pacific claim their flight attendant uniform is too revealing. The staff say that their red skirts are too tight and their white blouses too short rendering them uncomfortable at work. The female flight attendants are calling for the skirts to be more loose fitting and the blouses to be lengthened so that they feel more comortable and confident while at work. “We really hope that Cathay will do something,” said Julian Yau, vice president of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union. Yau added that “it may be a ‘cause’ of sexual harassment.

Partying in Ibiza

not a bar or a drunken Brit in sight!

Ibiza is famous for its party scene but this summer, the White Isle’s party boats will be a tad more chilled owing to new laws. Operators will be obliged to ban anyone under the influence of drink or drugs from boarding the boats. What’s more, noise restrictions will be enforced.


More violence is expected in the Thai capital following the ousting of Yingluck Shinawatra – the Thai prime minister. Police expect clashes between the anti government People’s Democratic Reform Committee protesters and the pro-government Red Shirt movement, which could result in the use of grenades and firearms.



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