Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD-Traveller tells you what’s happening in the travel world
Butlins has seen a boost in profits: Bourne Leisure, the owners of Butlins, have revealed that they paid more than £40 million in dividends last year, compared with the £27 million in 2008. CD-Traveller reckons Butlins’ design conscious Ocean Hotel (which opened in 2009), has something to do with the company’s change in fortune. The stylish new hotel has helped erase Butlin’s image of redcoats, buffets, bingo and, bungee trampolines.
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is back on its feet: a new mayor was elected with 66 percent of the vote, the New Orleans Saints American football team won this year’s Superbowl for the first time in their history, and a wave of new restaurants and bars are opening every day. Time to take a trip to the Big Easy?
The US edition of Conde Nast has named the Scottish capital has been named as the UK’s top tourist destination. The luxury travel bible raved about Edinburgh’s architecture, value for money and friendliness. The accolade comes just two years after Edinburgh was voted one of the world’s top 10 cities by Wanderlust magazine
Oktoberfest 2010 is in full swing. The yearly festival, celebrating the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810, will last until October 4th so there’s still time to make it to Munich for sauerkraut, sausages, and beer-laden fun!
Mexico has had a tough time. Safety issues and swine flu scares have kept visitors away over the last few years, while the recent Hurricane Karl caused heavy flooding, power cuts, and downed trees. But the country still has plenty going for it from ancient Aztec pyramids (take a bow Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza) to modern metropolises (step forward Mexico City) and beautiful beaches. This year the country is also celebrating 200 years of independence – isn’t it about time you joined the party?
Breathing in the Big Apple
Planning a break for the Big Apple? You’re guaranteed a healthier holiday than in the past as NYC’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has extended the city’s smoking ban to Times Square, parks, beaches, and boardwalk. Justifying his decision, Bloomberg said: “The science is clear: prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke – whether you’re indoors or out – hurts your health”.
Gap years for grown-ups
The number of people taking time out from work or study has rocketed in the last decade according to research from Santander. The recession is partly to blame for the fiercely competitive job market promoting people to back the bags and take time out. For some great gap year ideas, check out our ‘Go for gap’ feature that will be going live on the CD-Traveller website next week.
A new survey by online travel site, Trip Advisor, has exposed London as one of the world’s hot-spots for pickpocketing. The capital was rated tenth (behind Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Tenerife, the Costa Brava, Athens, Prague, and Lisbon) in an index of global destinations where tourists should be most vigilant.
Paying for the Pope’s visit
The cost of the Pope’s recent visit to Britain – the first visit by a pontiff to Britain since 1982 cost more than £15 million – of which £12 million was paid for by the taxpayer. The cost of the trip by Pope Benedict XVQ has inevitably attracted criticism, coming as it does at a time when government departments are cutting public services by up to 40 percent.
Entering America on holiday used to be as easy as (pumpkin) pie. But not anymore, owing to ESTA – an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation designed to increase security for travelers. ESTA came into effect earlier this year but, up until September 8, was free. Annoyingly it now costs $14 as part of a controversial new scheme to raise money to spend on ‘promoting tourism’.