What’s Hot: September
CD Traveller tells you what’s hot in the travel world
Word is that Capital International Airport has become the world’s second busiest airport. A recent report by air travel analyst OAG showed that Beijing’s biggest airport has unseated London’s Heathrow leaving the mighty Atlanta airport as the only hub left to conquer. For the low-down on what it’s like to live and work in China, check out our man in Beijing’s blog – coming soon exclusively to the CD Traveller website.
Still in China, the Astor (a luxury hotel that has been around since 1863) is reopening this month following a massive restoration. In its early 20th century pomp, the hotel hosted the likes of Herbert Hoover and guests can book luxury suites with a story to tell. Shouldn’t be long before modern day presidents are checking in.
Stylish sleeps in Devon
Salcombe may be one of Britain’s most treasured seaside spots however its lack of stylish hotels has, until now, kept this unspoilt pocket of English coastline exclusive to home owners and their lucky guests. Enter South Sands Hotel – an ultra chic 22-bedroom property located on the beach in a beautiful horseshoe bay. Described as ‘Nantucket meets Devon’ the Salcombe newcomer offers elegant design and exceptional cuisine – local restaurateur and seafood maestro, Mitch Tonks is the man behind the menu.
Three generational holidays
Holidays have become ‘three-generational’ thanks to Grannies acting as nannies. A new survey has revealed that a third of grandparents regularly holiday with their children and grandchildren so as to help with child care assistance. It’s estimated that the UK’s grandparents saved parents around £800 million in childcare costs this summer alone.
Last month the 34th World Heritage Conference in Brazil voted to make China’s Danxia a new world heritage site. With 40 world heritage sites, China now ranks third in the world.
Danxia is the general name for six geologically and geographically related areas: Chishui in Guizhou, Taining in Fujian, Langshan Mountain in Hunan, Danxia Mountain in Guangdong, Longhu Mountain in Jiangxi and Jianglang Mountain in Zhejiang. But while Chinese officials are celebrating the fact that UNESCO has recognised that Danxia needs to be protected, not everyone is enthusiastic about Danxia’s new status. Locals are worried that tickets to the six Danxia sites will become more expensive now that Danxia has been catapulted onto the ‘hit list’.
The humble British passport is getting a revamp as of October 2010. The new passport will feature much loved UK scenes, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, and Ben Nevis in an attempt to cut international fraud.
If you live in London or another massive metropolis where the air quality is questionable, try a break in Calgary which recently came out top in Mercer’s 2010 list of worldwide ‘eco cities’. Cities from Scandinavia, Canada and Australasia also figured among the top ten in Mercer’s 2010 list.
Its not Bognor or Regis but Bognor Regis, got it? Officials at the seaside town have written to public bodies across Britain asking for the “rude” practice of shortening the name to stop. Former mayor, Don Eldridge, said: ““To not call us by our full name dishonours the town”.
Beleaguered BA is the British airline that has been appearing with alarming regularity in this section. But not this month. Instead it’s Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic which is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The airline, founded by Branson in 1984, is facing the threat of the first strike in its 26-year history over a row with its pilots about how many days off they can take each year.
Bank holiday Blues
It’s all over folks. No more public holidays until Christmas comes, grrr. Our advice? Cheer yourself up and treat yourself to a mini break next month. See our ‘travel destination’ page for information and inspiration.