What’s hot: October 2017

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


Make time for Tooting

Tooting is rooting. The south London spot  – where Sadiq Khan, aka the Mayor of London grew up and still lives – was recently named as one the top 10 coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Lonely Planet alongside the likes of New York’s Sunset Park and Rio de Janiero’s Botafogo.


Banning boozed up aircraft boarders

Nearly all of UK holidaymakers (95 per cent) think that drunk airline passengers should be fined for unruly behaviour onboard.
Research from a poll of over 3,000 people undertaken by Holiday Extras unearthed that only five per cent of people think that drunk passengers should be exempt from fines, with nearly half of those surveyed stating that drunken behaviour is “highly disruptive”. The study also showed that  over a fifth of people believe boozy passengers should be fined up to £1,000 for causing a nuisance. This may result from the fact that as well as causing a disruption, drunken behaviour can cause delayed flights.

Dine like an Olympic champion

Usain Bolt

The greatest sprinter the world has ever seen is set to open 15 restaurants across the UK in the next five years. Usain Bolt is a partner in the Jamaican franchise company, Franjam, which has signed a deal with the UK-based Casual Dining Restaurants Group (part of the business group that runs Pizza Hut and KFC in the UK). The Jamaican’s Tracks and Records restaurants will offer “real Jamaica vibes” and authentic Jamaican cuisine such as Jerk pork, Rum barbeque wings and Bolt’s speciality, “burgers à la Usain”. The first Tracks and Records (www.tracksandrecords.com) restaurant opened in Kingston, Jamaica, in April 2011 with the first UK restaurant set to open later this month. Bolt is known for his love of fast food – he says he ate 1,000 chicken nuggets during Beijing 2008!


Making for The Mandrake

London has a sparkling new addition to its hotel scene: step forward The Mandrake (www.themandrake.com). The brainchild of  entrepreneur, Rami Fustok, The Mandrake recently opened in Fitzrovia and includes a restaurant from the team behind Hong Kong’s Serge et le Phoque. Inspired by the medicinal properties of the Mandrake plant, the boutique hotel combines eclectic,vibrant interiors with carefully curated works by Francesco Clemente, Jonas Burgert, Peter-John de Villiers and a host of other artists, intriguing soundscapes from French sound engineer Pierre-Arnaud Alunni, specially designed scents from Azzi Glasser and a 30 candle chandelier by Lara Bohinc. We’ll see you at check in…

Tahiti takes UNESCO title

A major, long-term project for the Islands of Tahiti recently became a reality, with the official recognition of the Taputapuatea marae – a highly sacred site on the island of Raiatea – as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This important recognition not only highlights a level of cultural significance present in the destination, but stimulates a source of great pride for the Polynesian people, bringing with it an extraordinary opportunity for tourism to leverage the visibility of The Islands of Tahiti. For more information on The Islands of Tahiti, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.co.uk


Munching on Marmite

mamite jar in bag for liquid items inspection

A study has revealed that Brits can’t live without Marmite, when travelling abroad – with London City Airport unveiling that it is one of the most intercepted items by security officials. The airport claims that the yeasty spread was crowned the number one prohibited branded food item confiscated from travellers’ hand luggage – and in the top 10 overall for food items. It seems that for holiday-goers, the thought of having to say goodbye to a Marmite-smeared life and venture into breakfast options unknown while on holiday is just too much to bear…


 Travel talk

A travel expert has opened her London home for Latin music nights as a way of recapturing the rhythms of Brazil, where she lived for 20 years. Alison McGowan came back to London last year but missed the music of her adopted home. Email florencelatinjass@gmail.com.



Schlepping to the seaside

The average Londoner only visits the British seaside once every three years according to research. A survey by Southeastern trains of 1,000 people living in the capital found 55 per cent of respondents had “rarely or never” gone to a beach in their own country.


Penning a postcard

Brits, by all accounts, no longer send postcards home from their holidays. Cruise firm Royal Caribbean International found that two thirds of us (71 per cent) have not sent a postcard in the past year, while 88 per cent of us admit to taking holiday pictures solely to post online. What’s more 15 per cent of those surveyed said they would avoid destinations without web access.

Clocking it

Big Ben

An astonishing one in eight UK residents claim that they have never visited the iconic Big Ben clock tower. Furthermore, a quarter of Brits have never laid eyes on St Paul’s Cathedral, with one in 10 admitting they’ve never even stepped foot in London. It’s not just our capital city that fails to be drawing us in though: of the 1,500 adults from across the UK polled by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts,HALF of Brits have never been to Land’s End in Cornwall, while more than four in 10 have yet to visit Windsor Castle. Ben Nevis, The Eden Project and the Angel of the North were also revealed among a list of British landmarks Brits have failed to see – as were Kew Gardens, Snowdonia and Stonehenge.


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