WHAT’S HOT

Whether you’re staycationing or vacationing, CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot in the travel world

Free stopover

Passengers who fly to New York on Iceland Express’ new route this summer will receive a free night’s accommodation during a stopover in Reykjavik. The new service will launch on June 1 and will operate four times per week. Return flights to NY start from £267, including taxes.
See icelandexpress.com/stopover

Making for Morocco (and Egypt)

Travellers are flocking to Morocco and Egypt after seeing Simon Reeve’s epic documentary series Tropic of Cancer in which the adventurer follows the Tropic of Cancer travelling almost 38,000 km and visiting 18 countries.
Gap Adventures has seen a staggering 200 per cent rise in bookings to Egypt and Morocco following the popularity of the BBC adventure travel show. Bruce Poon Tip, founder of Gap Adventures, says: “Right now, Egypt and Morocco are extremely popular destinations and to reflect this, we have introduced new tours to satisfy the demand and we will be adding even more in 2011.”

Guiding Light

Just in time for the World Cup which kicks off next month, Hedonist Guides have launched Cape Town and Johannesburg editions. Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, each guide ensures that football fans are up to speed on the cities’ hottest bars, clubs and hotels. Translation? Fans will have as much fun off the pitch as on it. (£12, hg2.com)

Holing up in Hotel Missoni

Hotel Missoni has just been awarded Glamour Hotel of The Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2010. Fancy holing up in a hedonistic hotel for the week-end? Book a room online at www.hotelmissoni.com.

Seeking Sanctum in Berkshire

The countryside is about to get a whole lot more stylish. Tomorrow (May 19), hotelier and restaurateur Mark Fuller –the man behind Embassy, Sugar Reef and Red Cube – opens the door of Sanctum On The Green Hotel in Berkshire, 40 minutes from London.

Acting as the provincial outpost to Sanctum Soho – the £10m boutique hotel which we reviewed in April. On The Green promises the same rock ‘n’ roll glamour as its Soho sibling sister. “We’ve taken the ethos of Sanctum Soho and added a hint of country gent” says Fuller.
www.sanctumonthegreen.com

Cycling and the city

Boris Johnson set out his 10 point pledge to London cyclists last week in a bid to get thousands more Londoners on their bikes. The Mayor said: “I am determined to transform London into a city that cycles and where thousands enjoy the elixir of using two wheels to get around the capital.”

China on the cheap

A Chinese company is offering free board and lodging in homes across the country for English speakers willing to talk to their hosts for a couple of hours a day. “In the past 30 days, 5,000 Chinese families have signed up,” said Ken Chen, 38, of Tourboarding.com.

NOT

Third runway at Heathrow

Residents whose homes would have been bulldozed to make way for a third Heathrow runway rejoiced when David Cameron finally got the keys to No 10.
The Tories and Lib Dems confirmed they will block expansion at the west London airport as part of their pact for a coalition government.

It was hailed as a victory by campaigners in the threatened “Heathrow villages” including Sipson, which would have been obliterated under airport operator BAA’s plan for the new runway, which was supported by Labour ministers.

BA

BA passengers face more misery as staff back a new round of strikes. Eight out of 10 cabin crew voted to reject the peace deal offered by the airline. Union insiders say up to 20 days of strikes will be announced raising the threat of a “summer of strife” for millions of BA customers. Passenger numbers have already been hit badly by the Icelandic volcanic ash-cloud crisis and the airline has yet to recover from the first set of strikes by the crew, in March.

Bangkok

As the violence continues to escalate on the streets of Bangkok, the Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel to the Thai capital.