ABTA And The Staycation

Two days before the start of English Tourism week, Visit England launched a multi-million pound TV campaign to persuade us to have a staycation this year in England rather than go abroad or visit the other countries in the UK. The same day ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, wrote…
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Replacing A Welsh Guidebook?

For those with smartphones and i-pads, comes the “Show me Wales” ap. Instead of a guidebook, you can use the ap to provide information about what’s nearby to visit, what events are on and where to eat and stay. Devised by two groups, Mid Wales and North Wales Tourism, the…
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Retail Tourism

In survey after survey, one of the reasons given for visiting a place is the shopping. We have weekend shopping trips to places as far away as Dubai. Coach companies do day trips to places like the Metrocentre in Gateshead. Outlet stores form retail parks such as in Bicester or…
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A week is a Long Time in Travel

This time last week the Chairman of British Airways, Martin Broughton, was headline news with his comments about unnecessary security and kowtowing to US requirements. (CD-Traveller 28th October.) Today the news is of how terrorists have become sophisticated enough to create devices which evaded checking at Doha, Dubai and East…
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Tourism Award Season

During this year we’ve drawn attention to the awards being given to organizations in tourism and two more have been announcing, the Welsh National Tourism awards and Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards. Why? Because, although in many cases it is dependent on who was nominated and therefore could leave out…
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Now, Austria

Don’t countries want us to visit them? Have many got a tourism death wish that they cannot understand? Austria has decided to follow Germany and introduce an eco-tax from January 2011 on passengers leaving from its airports. Just in time for the skiing season, the time when the largest number…
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