What’s hot: January 2016

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world 


First up there’s the fact that the Eurovision finals will be staged in Stockholm in 2016 but, if you can look beyond that, the Nordic love affair will doubtless be rekindled by the third series of The Bridge hitting BBC4 screens later this month. Elsewhere Way Out West Festival celebrates its 10th year next June in Gothenburg, whose serene archipelago is a favoured holiday spot for Swedish-born Ingrid Bergman, about whom there is a new biopic Ingrid Bergman scheduled for release in 2016 which should thrust the region in the spotlight. The archipelago is also home to Fjällbacka, an idyllic waterfront town that is the setting for many of the books by Swedish super-author Camilla Lackberg, whose new book The Ice Child, again set in Fjällbacka, comes out in March 2016.

Travel dating
TourBar Home Page
2015 was the year for ‘travel dating’ according to  Tourbar. The  website and app now boasts 430,000 worldwide members, a rise of 3,809% compared to late 2014. The UK remains a popular destination for TourBar’s global members looking to visit a new country, with 500 solo travellers from across the world planning a trip to the UK during November 2015. Over the past 12 months, the UK has also risen three places and is now the 10th most popular region where TourBar members are active.

Greece is the word
Greece looks set to be back on the map for tourism in 2016, due in no small part to British Airways. The UK national carries has announced two new routes to Greece for summer 2016. From 30 April 2016, BA will fly to Chania in Crete and Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula. Crete’s second largest town, Chania is famed for its Venetian harbour while Kalamata is known for the love groves nearby. Got your passport?

Hanging out at Charlie Chaplin’s house

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid

The Swiss home where that icon of silent comedy, Charlie Chaplin, spent the last 25 years of his life is to be converted into a museum. Called ‘Chaplin’s World’, the museum – which is set in the Manoirde Ban on Lake Geneva – is scheduled to open to the public in April. Visitors will be able to enjoy screenings  and social exhibitions, while marvelling at memorabilia. For the full low-down, visit www.chaplinmusuem.com

On-demand baggage delivery
Huzzah! The days of bags slowing and weighing you down are numbered thanks to the arrival of  AirPortr – a London based travel technology company who deliver passenger bags within hours between London locations (homes/ hotels/ offices) making lugging luggage to and from the airport and around London a thing of the past. AirPortr can be pre-booked or handily on the day of travel from any device. Bags are either dropped  off in Heathrow with AirPortr, before being securely transported by an AirPortr driver to their London destination. Alternatively bags are collected from any London location and delivered to Heathrow at a time suited to the customer before their flight.

Beijing’s bogs

Beijing is famed for its blockbuster sights – the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven anyone? But the Imperial City hasn’t been known for its public toilets – until now. China’s capital has unveiled a host of hi-tech public toilets called ‘Fifth Space’ in the Fangshan District. The swanky new toilets boast wi-fi, flat screen televisions, ATMs and even electric car charging outposts. Plans are in the pipeline to open more Fifth Space toilets across the capital throughout 2016.

Checking into Caesars Palace

Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas
Iconic Las Vegas resort, Caesars Palace, is turning 50 next year and – as you would expect of a Sin City joint – is celebrating in style by splashing out a cool US$75 million on renovating its Roman Tower. Expect 587 rooms equipped with 55in TVs, chasise longues, special mini-bars and stone shower rooms. The best bit? The huge beds whose headboards will feature bronzed famed mirror panels.The tower, which originally opened in 1966, will reopen as the Julius tower on 1 January 2016.

Mile high drinking

where's the best place to buy spirits?

Aviation minster Robert Goodwill has called on airlines to limit the amount of alcohol they serve to passengers while up in the sky. The call comes amid concern over drink related incidents. Mr Goodwills has suggested that airlines focus on the most “trouble prone flights” and pledged government support. Mr Goodwill claimed that one airline has reported 360 incidents already.


Coronet Peak

New research has revealed that only one in five Brits have been on a skiing holiday – and most of those that have, don’t even go for the skiing! According to the study by Holiday Extras of over two thousand people, out of those holidaymakers who have visited the slopes, only 36% claim that skiing is the most enjoyable aspect of a winter holiday.
Twenty-seven percent of those that have been skiing declared that simply being in the mountains is what they enjoyed the most, while nine percent enjoyed the relaxing spas, nine percent the fresh air and nine percent being in the snow. The research also revealed the popularity of the lesser known European skiing destinations. Bulgaria tops the list scooping 30% of preferences, followed by the Czech Republic (16%) and Poland (16%). Lithuania came bottom of the list, with only two percent of respondents saying they are most likely to consider it for a skiing holiday.

Hilton Hotels

I want my hotel room to be as spotless as this one

Hotel group Hilton Worldwide is advising guests to triple check their credit card statements, having confessed that some of its card readers had been infected with phasing viruses. The periods suspect to credit card theft are April to July 2015 and November to December 2014. Eeek.

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