In the News this Week...
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New Ryanair chargeabout 10 years ago
Ryanair is to levy €2 per passenger to cover unforeseen costs over which it has no control – such as the impact of last year's ash cloud. The charge will take effect from April 4. Over the past year the airline has been hit with bills totalling over €100m arising from flight cancellations and delays and the consequent cost of looking after and compensating passenger – and legal expenses. Apart from the volcanic eruption in Iceland the main causes were snow and air traffic control strikes. Ryanair says it regrets having to impose the levy. It argues that European rules requiring airlines to provide care for passengers when cancellations and or delays result from force majeure – and are not the carriers' fault – are unfair and discriminatory.
Italians are Europe's worst driversabout 10 years ago
Italians are Europe's worst drivers It looks like a cliché – but according to a survey British holidaymakers think it’s true. They topped the table with 34%, followed by the French (20% and the Spanish (8%). The survey was conducted by YouGov for carhiremarket.com. It found 49% of us don’t like driving abroad, rising to 62% of women. And to prove we're not all chauvinists, one on 20 thought the British were the most reckless drivers in Europe.
A new luxury hotel is about to open in Marrakechabout 10 years ago
A new luxury hotel is about to open in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. The Four Seasons, with 140 rooms and suites, is taking bookings for stays from June 15. The 40 acre property, opposite the Menara Gardens, will have two pools, an extensive spa, tennis courts and fitness facilities. Its promotional hyperbole promises “rose-hued pavilions with hand-carved details, surrounded by a lush landscape of swimming and reflecting pools, gardens, pathways and fountains” – and views of the Atlas mountains. www.fourseasons.com.
For short breaks in Marrakech, why not try Kirker Holidays
Glasgow's Transport Museum moves to a new homeabout 10 years ago
Glasgow's Transport Museum moves to a new home this summer. Opening on June 21 the £50.9million waterfront attraction – now called the Riverside Museum will focus on the history of the Clyde, with its rich shipbuilding tradition. The tall ship Glenlee, which was built on the river and houses an exhibition on the area's maritime history, will be moored alongside.
Swiss airline SkyWork started flying from London City Airport to Bernabout 10 years ago
Swiss airline SkyWork has started flying from London City Airport to the Swiss capital, Bern. Initially it will operate one round trip a day (except Saturdays) but from September 5 it will fly 11 times a week. Bern is a great jumping off point for skiers and hikers and anyone who just wants to marvel at some of the most awe inspiring scenery in the Alps. It's within an hour's drive of Grindelwald and Wengen, whos backdrop includes the Eiger and Jungfrau peaks.
The airline's free hold baggage allowance is 20kg per passenger – and the cabin baggage limit is 8kgs. Skis, boot bags and other ports equipment can be carried for 26 CHF (£17). www.flyskywork.com
For perfect Swiss holidays, we recommend Inghams
Walk across the Channel Islandsabout 10 years ago
Walk across the Channel Islands. A new long distance footpath opens officially there next month. It'll stretch 115 miles over five islands -Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. You could complete it in two weeks, with boat crossings between them.
Details at www.visitjersey.com.
Treat the grandchildren?about 10 years ago
Walt Disney's animated adaptation of Winnie the Pooh – that bear of little brain – will be released in the UK on April 15. So the Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex, which is near ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, has come up with a wheeze to attract lovers of AA Milne's classic. Its so called “Tigger Escape” includes gift bag with a map showing spots such as the Enchanted Place and Pooh Bridge and a Winnie themed afternoon tea. It costs £300 for two adults and two children sharing a room – with dinner for the grown ups, tea for the kids and full English breakfast.
Cathay Pacific has launched a six day seat saleabout 10 years ago
Cathay Pacific has launched a six day seat sale (March 26 – 31). Deals include round trip include round trip fares from Heathrow to Manila, Beijing and Shanghai all from £609 and Perth from £669. Bookings to Manila, Shanghai and Beijing are valid for travel until December 31. Those to Perth are valid between April 23 and June 7, August 22 – September 30 and November 1 – December 8.
Best Western has opened its first hotel in Cambodiaabout 10 years ago
Best Western has opened its first hotel in Cambodia. Comprising 18 suites in nine villas, which have private pools and terraces, the hotel is 10 minutes from Siem Reap and the main entrance to the Angkor Wat temple site.
Brittany Ferries launches a new routeabout 10 years ago
Brittany Ferries launches a new route between Portsmouth and Bilbao this weekend. Journey times on the 33,000 tonne Cap Finistere will vary between 24 and 32 hours. The ship will berth at a brand new terminal in the Basque city whose profile has been raised by the opening of the spectacular Guggenheim Museum.
Easyjet is to launch flights between Scotland and Jerseyabout 10 years ago
Easyjet is to launch flights between Scotland and Jersey. Services from Glasgow will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between June and September.
South East Asia announces plans for single visa systemabout 10 years ago
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is planning to adopt a single visa system enabling tourists to visit any of the group’s 10 member states on a single travel document. Following the lead of Europe’s single visa system, ASEAN believes that a single tourist visa policy would enhance the tourism experience in the region, boosting arrivals to member states. “The plan is realistic, action oriented, attuned to the global realities and designed to ensure that the ASEAN region can continue to be a successful tourism destination,” said Thong Khon, Cambodia’s minister of tourism at the recent ASEAN ministerial meeting, held in Phnom Penh. ASEAN is also moving towards the implementation of an open skies aviation policy, which is scheduled to come into force in 2015. In tandem, the single tourist visa and open skies aviation policy would have the potential to greatly improve the region’s appeal as a tourist destination.
Silver Travel Advisor backs `Race Online 2012’about 10 years ago
Silver Travel Advisor is backing the government’s `Race Online 2012’ initiative for the UK to become the first nation in the world where everyone can use the internet. Martha Lane Fox was re-appointed the UK Digital Champion by the Cameron-Clegg government in June 2010, with a remit to advise the government how to provide better, more efficient online public services and accelerate efforts to help more people benefit from the power of the Internet.
Bookings to the Isles of Scilly doubles off Royal Wedding feverabout 10 years ago
Brits are said to be flocking to the Isles of Scilly after it was rumoured to be a Royal Wedding honeymoon location. According to Shearings, bookings to the islands have doubled in the last few weeks and marks a 17 percent rise in bookings compared to the whole of 2010. "There is clearly a growing excitement that the Royal Honeymoon could take place on the Islands and visitors to the Simply Scilly website are climbing by the thousands every day,” said Julian Pearce, economic development officer for the Council of the Isles of Scilly. “It’s still speculation, but the news has undoubtedly put the Islands on the national and international radar, with a lot of internet activity coming from mainland Europe and the USA, in addition to the UK.”
Tallinn to become the `city break capital’ of Europeabout 10 years ago
Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is set to become the city break capital of Europe in 2011, following the introduction of four new direct flights from Ryan Air (from Dublin, Edinburgh, Luton and East Midlands), a new flight from Liverpool starting on 26th April 2011, and a doubling of Estonian Air’s flights from 27th March, from twice to four times weekly.
The world of cruising, under one roofabout 10 years ago
And a £4 saving for Silver Travel Advisor members!
According to the organisers of The Daily Telegraph CRUISE show (26 – 27 March 2011), there’s never been a better time to go cruising. It’s true that over the last decade there has been a revolution in the cruising world. Today there are hundreds of ships sailing to thousands of destinations. And it’s no longer all about bling and black ties.
Villas in Greece for an authentic Greek Easterabout 10 years ago
Greek Orthodox Easter is a huge celebration in Greece and particularly in Corfu where there are numerous luxury villas from which to enjoy the festivities. In Corfu Town once the sombre Good Friday processions have concluded all of the lights start to glow purple in the evening. On Easter Saturday large pots are thrown from windows to get rid of evil spirits. On Saturday night there is music and dancing and everyone lights a candle which must remain alight to bring in the good spirits. The traditional “Magiritsa” soup is served at midnight and finally the island is filled with the aromatic scent of spit roast goat for the celebration lunch on Sunday.
This year Greek Easter coincides with the UK Easter holiday, with an additional `Royal Wedding’ public holiday making it one of the best times to travel and take minimal time off work. Luxury villa company, CV Travel has come up with a selection of villas in Greece from which to experience the colour of Greek Easter.
Government endorses travel review websitesabout 10 years ago
The official star-rating for hotels should be phased out in favour of consumer-led reviews on the internet according to the government’s tourism strategy.
Star Clippers offers new unique eco-adventure with David Bellamyabout 10 years ago
For the first time tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the company of David Bellamy, one of Britain’s most respected authors, environmental campaigners, broadcasters and botanists.
The world’s first cruise ship for epicureans is named in Miamiover 10 years ago
The very newest luxury cruise ship on the sea is christened on Saturday 5th February in a ceremony attended by the ship’s Godmother, US TV personality and Entertainment Tonight presenter Mary Hart. Oceania Cruises’ `Marina’, the first ship in the world built specifically for epicureans, is the fourth ship in the Oceania Cruises’ fleet, joining Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Her sister ship, Riviera, is currently being built and will debut in April 2012.