What’s Hot: March 2012

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Croydon and coach tours of the M25 are proving (inexplicably?!) popular

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Croydon

We kid you not. Croydon – one of the areas worst hit during last year’s London riots – has become an unlikely tourism hotspot. Croydon Tours have launched a £8 per person day trip that takes travelers to famous spots from Peep Show (the Croydon-based sitcom) and ends, erm, a multi-story car park.

West is best

Research by Fly.com reveals that west is best when it comes to flight prices. For instance in Spain, flights to Barcelona have risen by 18 percent while those in Murcia have increased by 30 percent. Meanwhile, flights to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt are up 21 percent. Conversely, flights to destinations in the west – step forward Rio and Miami – are cheaper in 2012 than there was last year.

Holiday romances

A new survey by sunshine.co.uk has revealed that half of the 2,000 18-25 years polled had enjoyed a holiday romance. But a word of caution: hooking up with randoms rarely ends happily. Case in point? Two-thirds of the travelers questioned, revealed they regretted their holiday flings.

InterContinental Hotels

The world’s biggest hotel operator, InterContinental Hotels, beat city forecasts for its 2011 profits and, unsurprisingly, chief executive Richard Solomans is excited about the year ahead. “In spite of the considerable uncertainty in the eurozone, IHG is well positioned to globally benefit from positive, long-term industry trends, and, in particular, growing demand in emerging markets,” said Solomans.

Carry on cruising

In the wake of the Costa Concordia tragedy, a confederation of the world’s leading cruise lines has decreed that muster drills must be carried out on each and every ship before it sets sail. Current rules require lifeboat and evacuation drills be carried out within 24 hours of sailing.

Coach tours of the M25

Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company has added extra dates to its £15 coach tour of the 117 mile M25 due to “huge demand.” Here at CD-Traveller towers, we can’t imagine anything worse than spending fours sitting on the M25 but clearly the opportunity to see sights such as Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five, Epping Forest, Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex and the Dartford River Crossing bridge has some appeal after all.

Aberdeen

Scotland’s third largest metropolis – aka the granite city – has been rated the fifth most ‘unsung’ destination in the world by travel experts, Lonely Planet. “ Aberdeen has long been an unsung hero in Scotland and has history to rival Edinburgh. For years it was favored by the Scottish kings and there is so much on offer in Aberdeen,” says author Abigail Blasi.

Swimming in the Seychelles

The Seychelles swimming ban has finally been lifted six months after a British honeymooner and a French tourist was killed in two separate shark attacks – the first in the Seychelles in nearly 50 years. Specially-trained lifeguards have now been introduced to the Anse Lazio beach (frequently voted one of the best in the world), following consultation with experts from South Africa.

Not

Malé

Tour operators say that the Maldives are still safe but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Male. The capital has witnessed a spate of violent clashes in recent weeks following the coup that toppled President Mohamed Nasheed.

Taking children on holiday during term time

The coalition is considering fining parents who take their children on holiday during term-time in an attempt to improve school attendance rates. It is estimated that 4.5million days of school are missed each year, because of pupils going on holidays.

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