Articles tagged with: spain
Last week, London hit the headlines – for all the wrong reasons. Forget London Fashion Week or the premiere of Broken Glass at the Vaudeville – the Arthur Miller play starring Tara Fitzgerald, that opened to critical acclaim. No London was all over the front pages of the popular press, following US singer Kelis’ claim that she had been branded a “slave” by a “red face sweaty man” who accused her of queue jumping.
Daybreak, the ITV breakfast programme that few of us watch has decided the holiday season is here. From Monday it is having a slot for a while called “Daybreak does Benidorm.” When Kaye wrote about Benidorm for CD-Traveller a few months ago, it quickly become one of our most read articles that month.
Some holiday destinations are like a loaf of bread; they go stale over time as the tourist traffic picks up. Not so with the Costa del Sol which is akin to a fine wine – the longer it’s around, the better it gets. Don’t believe us? Just ask the nine million (and counting) tourists who flock to the area each and every year. Your definitive guide to the Costa del Sol starts here…
Starting today, in a number of cities throughout the UK you will see the traveling bus promoting Menorca. Menorca has been one of the big winners in attracting us to visit them this year as concern grows about a North African holiday are heightened by media pictures. But Menorca is not leaving anything to chance and its bus to “battle” for our bookings is the way it has chosen.
As you will know by now, the biggest booking time is just after Christmas. If it is mild, bookings tend to drop. If the weather is bad bookings go up. And that seems to be just what has happened this year. Although the snow hit most of us before Christmas, there was still quite heavy snowfall in the north and Scotland afterwards. The first reports seem to suggest that bookings are well up on last year. By 18%. Bad weather makes us think about holidays more.
Now that most of our airports are open again, you might fancy getting away to southern Spain, the Canaries or the Balearics for a bit of warmth. Forget it. Spanish air controllers, almost as one, have called in sick. This serious, contagious epidemic is apparently anti-governmentitis. Upset with the government cutbacks, air controllers who have always been fairly volatile in Spain, decided to protest by calling in sick. Those who did turn up face a herculean task in keeping flights going. Barcelona, in the north, is rumoured to be operating, albeit a much reduced service but trying to get into the official Aena websites is slow at present. Madrid is closed till 1pm this afternoon, but one report says Spanish airspace may be closed until 6pm tonight.
Figures recently released show that the slowdown in us visiting both Spain and the United States have ended. During July, the numbers of Britons visiting Spain rose by 4.5% and to the Us by up to 9%. This would seem to show two things; that the weakening euro has encouraged us to go back to visiting countries we found expensive last year and that the rise in Air Passenger Duty last November is not affecting our desire to travel long-haul
Because Spain has attracted so many British and Irish holidaymakers over the years, a small percentage dip in visitors hides a drop of tens of thousands. The decline has been going on for a few years yet Spain remains as the most important destination. To Spain, the decline is worrying despite the vast numbers who still travel there.
Why do fewer Brits and Irish visit and what can be done to attract them back again?
This is the biggest weekend of the summer holiday when supposedly the largest number of people head off. And judging by the state of the M25 yesterday that could be the case. On the Surrey section there were entry speed advisory signs of 40mph and slow moving traffic when I crossed over it. A National Express coach going from Gatwick to Swansea came up from Dorking and headed off towards Cobham in an attempt to try and avoid the traffic, a sure sign of lots of traffic since a regular North Surrey-Swansea link isn’t in the timetable
There are signs that Britons are going further for their holidays. Last year was the year of the staycation and the government has announced that they are going to try to persuade us to holiday in the UK. But it seems we aren’t neglecting a desire to travel further afield as well. Five different destinations have announced that visitor figures from the UK are up.