Saturday snippets: 21st June 2014

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Time for a trip to Tenerife?

Tenerife. Now more friendliness

Tenerife is our most popular holiday destination. It might be the sun, the pricing, the beaches or the attractions but some impact must be that of the people. Now the Tenerife Tourism Corporation, in association with the Council of Tenerife, has launched a campaign calling for locals, business owners and the tourism industry to go the extra mile and impress visitors with their innate kindness. As if they weren’t before! The campaign “Tenerife Buena Gente”, which when literally translated means “Tenerife Nice People”, aims to ensure the five million visitors, of which 1,590,907 are British holidaymakers, never forget the kindness, good manners and generosity of the islanders.

In Lithuania, the historic water link from Klaipeda to Nida has been revived after 70 years. Klaipeda is Lithuania’s third largest city and Nida, an upscale holiday resort.  The journey mirrors the Curonian Spit which today is quite a trendy holiday destination – but not yet for Brits. The journey takes two hours and there are two round-trip journeys per day.

A light show with a difference has come to the Croatian city of Pula. Croatian artist Dean Shakira has set up his latest exhibition at the Uljanik Shipyard on the Istrian coastline. The installation sees the shipyard’s eight iconic cranes lit from top to bottom with a sophisticated remote control system with 16,000 different colour combinations. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular show every evening on the hour at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight.

In a week’s time it will be Armed Services Day. The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, has scheduled a host of activities and displays throughout the day to entertain visitors of all ages, including a circus skills workshop, children’s craft activities, a cadet drill display and a Royal Army Physical Training Corps gym display.  Other highlights include a flypast of World War I aircraft, presentation of the Ride to the Wall 2013 cheque and performances from local choirs and a dance troupe. The Arboretum is open daily and is free to enter, although donations are appreciated.

and where's the money gone?

and where’s the money gone?

The news that the Mayor of Venice and 34 others has been charged with embezzlement of funds to be used for installing a barrier to defend the sea from flooding is disappointing. Disappointing because would you feel like donating to a cause which is then overseen in terms of how it is spent by a provincial organisation mired in corruption? Now that the mayor has accepted a plea bargain of four months in gaol suggests he has accepted his guilt despite his proclamation of innocence in a press briefing. When is guilt not guilt? Readers will know that I have a soft spot for the city and go there regularly . But I will hestitate at where I donate my money to help the city fight nature.

Last Saturday I decided to enjoy the sunshine by going to the Gower in south Wales. Needing petrol for the return, I stopped at a Shell garage in Mumbles Road, Blackpill. Why mention this? Because a man came out and offerred to fill the tank and check the oil and tyres. When did that last happen to you? It’s been so long since I expected any assistance that I was taken aback. He has been there for about four years said the girl taking the money.  I tipped him a pound for doing my tyres, thinking bring back old-fashioned customer service.

If you travel through Heathrow at the moment you’ll see the latest in the Visit Britain campaign. Now it’s Yorkshire that gets the treatment ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ in July. The images are live on 134 digital screens in all terminals at Heathrow, and illustrate Yorkshire’s celebrated countryside, as well as its retail and architectural strengths. Heathrow has coughed up the ad space to help promote our regions.

On Thursday, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the Dawson V Thomson Airways case. It ruled that consumers have six years to bring a flight delay claim in England and Wales under EU regulation 261/2004 rather than any shorter time.  

the shark at Thorpe Park

the shark at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park in Surrey have a new attraction. A  Thorpe Park sculpture forms part of the recently opened Thorpe Shark Hotel. If you stay overnight, you can get a  free priority ride access for the first hour of park opening. After checking in at the nautical-themed fishing hut, guests then walk through the open jaws of the  Shark sculpture constructed from vintage and recycled Thorpe Park relics and roller coaster track to their bite-sized cabin rooms.

Expect to see more about Turkey in the media, in travel agents and on posters and billboards soon. Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has recently launched a brand-new tourism branding and advertising campaign under the banner ‘Home Of…’  You’ll see ‘Home Of History’ and ‘Home Of Adventure’ among many others. The concept behind the campaign is that wherever one is from, Turkey is Home. Home to civilisations, Troy, two continents, the home of history, the home of tradition, the home of turquoise (seas), the home of adventure etc. This campaign could run for years given how much Turkey offers to the visitor and the way that the tourist authorities keep on opening new museums and attractions.

Coronation Street fans can get married in the Rovers Return after the soap’s old set was granted a wedding licence. The show vacated its old set in central Manchester earlier this year and moved to a new site on Salford Quays. The old set has since been opened up for guided tours and its indoor Studio One has now been given permission to host wedding ceremonies.

This year’s City of London Festival begins on Sunday and lasts until the 17th of July. The clectic programme promises something for every taste, bringing the City’s unique spaces to life. These include its magnificent Livery halls, pocket gardens and Wren churches, as well as a brand new giant inflatable bowler hat pop-up venue in Paternoster Square. The events range from comedy, cabaret and debate, to classical music, children’s theatre and circus, and everything in between.






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