What’s hot: October 2011
CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, it’s good news for Glasgow, Gothenburg and gourmands in London, but we’ve lost trust in TripAdvisor…
Eating out in London
London Restaurant Festival – the epicurean event of the year – is back, bigger and better than before. Board a vintage routemasters bus for a gastronomic road trip, enjoy an ethnic food debate chaired by Kirsty Young or listen as industry insiders introduce food themed films (think Chocolate et al), before tucking into a three course meal. Get ready to eat…
In flight footy
Hate missing a major sports final while you fly off on holiday? Well, soon you won’t have to. Developments in in-flight Wi-Fi bare set to bring live streaming to the skies meaning you’ll be able to watch all the big match action while up in the air. One word: result.
Conde Nast Travel readers have voted Liverpool as the UK’s friendliest city for the second year running. The award was handed out at the Conde Nast Traveller 14th Annual Readers’ Travel Awards, which took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London last month.
Budget airline Ryanair has revealed that around a third of holidaymakers travel without insurance. After studying the results of its survey, Ryanair has warned passengers against travelling without insurance. It’s not often we agree with Michael O Leary’s no frills airline, but in this instance, we share their stance. Repatriation flights can cost up to £16,000 if you fall ill abroad, while medical bills can also run into thousands without proper travel insurance.
Cast aside any preconceptions you might have of Swedish cuisine being all about meatballs and roll mops. Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, boasts no fewer than five Michelin starred restaurants and word is that there will be a sixth next year. The message? Gourmands – get thee to Gothenburg.
The Foreign Office is testing a mobile phone service that will text Britons abroad with free emergency information should political unrest, natural disasters or bombings strike. The trial – currently available only on the Vodafone network – will last 12 months.
Not only has Glasgow been hailed as city that should be the capital by travel publishers Rough Guides (see http://www.cd-traveller.com/2011/09/27/glasgows-great-but-its-not-capital-worthy/), but Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie recently enjoyed a visit to the city –
where Brad’s new film, World War Z, will be shot. The Hollywood star’s Scotland sojourn has sparked a boom in visitor numbers to Glasgow, as people flock to Glashow to ‘Brad watch’!
Trusting in TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor has removed the slogan “reviews you can trust” from its website after Advertising Standards Agency launched an investigation into fake posts (online reputation management company KwikChex has claimed up to 10 million TripAdvisor reviews could be fake). The new TripAdvisor slogan now reads: “reviews from our community.”
Consumer Focus has issued a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) about the amount consumers are paying for foreign currency. The watchdog has (rightly) blasted confusing and complex charges for using debit and credit cards abroad. See our previous post on the issue at http://www.cd-traveller.com/2011/09/29/the-great-big-travel-currency-rip-off/
Taking the train
A study by car sharing website, BlablaCar, has found that travellers are thinking twice over taking the train. The study showed that 78 percent of people think UK rail fares for journeys over 100 miles are too expensive, with 66 percent saying the cost is putting them off booking a short break.