In the News this Week...

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    Vistara Premium Economy cabin

    Metro station check in for Delhi passengers

    about 20 hours ago

    Travellers flying with Indian domestic airline Vistara can now check in and drop bags at New Delhi Metro station on the Airport Express line to Indira Gandhi airport. Trains on the line run every 10 – 15 minutes and the journey takes 18 – 20 minutes. Passengers can check in between 2hrs and 12hrs before departure. Bags are transferred to the airport using a secure handling system. Vistara, which serves 19 destinations, is a joint venture between Indian industrial giant Tata and Singapore Airlines.

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    Horatio Nelson

    Nelson exhibition set to open

    2 days ago

    A major exhibition chronicling the life of Admiral Lord Nelson is set to open in his native Norfolk on Saturday 29 July. Centrepiece at the Norwich Castle Museum, and Art Gallery will be the huge French Tricolour – at 16 metres x 8.3 metres it’s about the size of a tennis court – captured from the warship Le Generaux following his victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. This is the first time the ensign has been on show to the public for over a century. The exhibition, which runs until 1 October, will also include the coat he wore during the same battle and other objects reflecting his naval career, his relationships and his affection for the country of his birth.

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    Tunisia: travel warning dropped

    2 days ago

    The Foreign Office has dropped its warning to British holidaymakers to avoid all but essential travel to the main tourist areas of Tunisia. The move will enable tour operators to start offering packages there again. However the warning remains in place for some parts of the country, including those close to the borders with Algeria and Libya. Check the FCO website.

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    Manchester to get new Seattle flights

    3 days ago

    Flights from Manchester to Seattle will be on offer from Thomas Cook Airlines for summer next year. Tickets for the service, which starts on 27 May, are already on sale. The flights, by Airbus A330-200 aircraft, will depart on Thursdays and Sundays at 12.10pm, arriving on the US west coast at 1.40pm. Eastbound services will depart at 3.40pm, arriving in Manchester at 9.45am next day. Seattle is a convenient jumping off point for national parks elsewhere in Washington State, Vancouver – just across the border with Canada – and Oregon. The city is also a fine destination in its own right. For example, see our recent news story on the expansion of Pike Place farmers’ market on the waterfront.

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    Primera Air

    Transatlantic budget flights mushroom

    4 days ago

    The mushroom growth of low cost long haul flights is set to continue with the launch of services by Copenhagen based Primera Air from Birmingham and Stansted to New York’s Newark airport and Boston next year. Its service from the Midlands will go some way towards compensating for the impending loss of United Airlines’ flights between Birmingham and New York. Starting next spring, Primera will operate daily to Newark from both UK airports – and four times will operate Airbus A321 aircraft. United’s last flight from Birmingham to Newark will depart on 5 October. The airline has blamed the route’s ‘poor financial performance’.

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    Belfast - courtesy Tourism Northern Ireland

    Belfast air link for Newcastle

    7 days ago

    Newcastle is to get a new air link with Belfast’s City Airport. Eastern Airways will launch daily Monday – Friday flights on 1 September. The airline has agreed a franchise deal with regional carrier Flybe – scheduled to start on 29 October. This will see it operating scheduled services with Flybe’s flight codes while retaining its aircraft liver.,

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    Thai tours by tuk-tuk

    8 days ago

    Tuk tuk tours of northern Thailand have been launched by a new company based in Chiang Mai. Possibly the first of their kind, they are available as one day trips (from 15 August) or eleven days. At its training base in thew Mae Wang valley, the Tuk Tuk Club will teach customers to handle the three wheel, motorized rickshaws already familiar to anyone who has visited Bangkok. Then you head out in convoy through the rice fields to a take in a temple, a walk with elephants from their home to a river where you may swim with them and help mahouts bathe them – and a gentle river interlude on bamboo rafts. The longer trip include accommodation at small hotels and takes in two nights in Doi Inthanon National Park, home to trekking routes, waterfalls and Thailand’s highest mountain.

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    London Leicester Square - copyright Pawel Libera London and Partners - courtesy

    London to get new boutique hotel

    9 days ago

    A new boutique hotel is scheduled to open late this year in the heart of London. The 95 room Hotel Indigo in Leicester Square will be housed in an existing art deco building, whose art deco features will be reflected in its design. It will have a rooftop bar and restaurant with views over the capital, and a gym. The Indigo brand is part of the InerContinental Hotels Group portfolio.

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    New ski flights from Southampton planned

    10 days ago

    easyJet is to fly from Southampton for the first time. The low cost airline will launch services to Geneva on 14 December in time for the start of next winter’s ski season. Flights by Airbus A320 aircraft will operate three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Meanwhile the airline plans to start flying twice a week between Southend Airport and Malta, starting on 29 October.

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    Get to airport early for US flights – warning

    10 days ago

    Travellers to the US are being warned to arrive at the airport at least 3hrs before departure from tomorrow – allowing time for tighter security measures. These include more thorough vetting of travellers and enhanced screening of electronic devices larger than standard smart phones. You may need to remove these devices from protective cases for inspection. The measures, which apply to all international flights, are required by the US Department of Homeland Security to combat what it describes as ‘evolving threats’. The aim is also to avoid further imposition of the recent, controversial laptop bans that have already been rescinded for passengers on some airlines. The Department has told all airlines they must implement other measures to tighten security in the next few months. These measures have not been spelled out in detail but will include installation of more advanced technology and greater use of sniffer dogs.

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    Lyme Regis Museum © Chris Andrew, museum education officer

    Lyme Regis Museum re-opens after extension

    11 days ago

    The newly expanded Lyme Regis Museum was scheduled to re-open today following a £1.5m expansion. The new zinc and glass Mary Anning Wing, on the seaward side of the 113 years old building, houses an interactive fossil gallery. Director David Tucker notes that the Dorset town is ‘the birthplace of the science of palaeontology and our museum is built on the site of the world’s first and greatest fossil hunter, Mary Anning’. Born in 1799 to a poor family, Mary Anning became world renowned for the discoveries she made in the Jurassic fossil beds along the the Dorset coast. They included the first ichthyosaur skeleton to be correctly identified and the skeletons of two plesiosaurs and the first pterosaur found outside Germany. But although she was eminently qualified to join the Royal Geological Society, it was then a men only organisation. Said to be the inspiration for the tongue twister ‘She sells seashells on the seashore’. She died in 1847. In 2010 the Royal Society named her ion a list of ten British women who had most influenced scientific history.

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    Sheraton Cairo Hotel

    Hotel on Nile re-opens

    14 days ago

    Cairo’s Sheraton Hotel has re-opened one of its twin towers after a major renovation. The property, which first opened in 1971, was the chain’s first in Africa. Overlooking the Nile and not far from the Egyptian Museum, the hotel has a pool, fitness centre and six restaurants. The re-vamp included the tower’s 326 rooms and suites. The other tower, with 334 rooms, has yet to re-open.

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    BA winter sun flights increase

    15 days ago

    British Airways is to launch flights from Heathrow to Tenerife for next winter and operate year round to several holiday destinations previously served only in summer. Starting on 21 October, flights from Heathrow to Tenerife South will depart once a week, on Saturdays. The Heathrow services that will now operate in winter as well as summer are those to Palma, Malaga and Palermo. Gatwick’s three flights a week to Paphos in Cyprus will also depart through the winter.

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    Torquay Palace Hotel

    Torquay Palace set to close for re-vamp

    16 days ago

    Torquay’s imposing Palace Hotel is to close for redevelopment at the end of this month. The four star, 141 room property, set in 27 acres of grounds overlooking Ansley Cove and Lyme Bay, has been sold to a Singapore based group. Its current operators said guests with bookings after 31 July would be contacted and efforts made to find them alternative accommodation.

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    More low cost long haul flights planned

    17 days ago

    The extraordinary expansion of low cost airline Norwegian shows no sign of slowing. It now plans to launch new services from Gatwick to Chicago and Austin, the Texas state capital, in late March next year. It will operate four rounds trips and week to the former and three to the latter. The airline now operates – or plans to start – services to 13 destinations. They are mostly in the US but also include Singapore and Buenos Aires. Gatwick’s CEO Stuart Wingate claimed the planned Chicago and Austin services were ‘yet more proof that the low cost long haul revolution is here to stay’.

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    Reine, Lofoten, Norway

    Norway: new terror warning

    18 days ago

    The Foreign Office has advised visitors to Norway to be vigilant, warning of a threat of terrorism there. In an update of its advice to travellers it says, "terrorists are likely to try to carry our attacks in the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners”. In April Norway’s intelligence services raised the national threat level after what police described as a bomb like device, likely to have caused limited damage, was found in central Oslo and detonated in a controlled explosion.

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    Tara River Canyon, Montenegro

    Three country Balkan walking tour launched

    21 days ago

    A new walking tour taking in three Balkan countries in one week has been launched by HF Holidays. Customers will take to the footpaths of Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia. There’s only one departure, from Gatwick on 12 May next year. The guided trip includes daily walks of 5 – 8 miles with ascents of up to 1500 feet. Among them are routes on Bjellasica Mountain in Montenegro and in Serbia’s Dinaric Alps near Zlatibor. The trip also incorporates a visit to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose iconic 16th century Ottoman bridge was destroyed in 1993 during the Balkan conflicts and has since been rebuilt. The holiday costs £1,499 or £1,299 with half board accommodation including or excluding flights respectively.

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    Machu Picchu - by Jerry Dayton, Cambridge via Wikimedia Commons

    New Machu Piccchu rules

    22 days ago

    In an effort to ease the pressure of tourism, new restrictions have been placed on visits to the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Travellers now get a morning or afternoon time slot (6am – 12on or 12pm – 5.30pm). They must also be accompanied by a guide. According to tour operator Last Frontiers, the regulations have been introduced as a trial and the results will be reviewed in January next year.

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    Hotel de Crillon Paris

    Top French hotel re-opens

    23 days ago

    One of the grandest old places to stay in Paris, the Hotel de Crillon on the Place de la Concorde, was scheduled to re-open on 5 July after a four year renovation. The 147 room hotel is housed in a palace dating from 1758. Marie Antoinette is said to have taken piano lessons there. It saw the signing of the 1778 treaty in which France recognized the United States Declaration of Independence. Among the American signatories was Benjamin Franklin. The Crillon became a hotel in the international sense in 1909. Its glittering guest list ranges from Teddy Roosevelt to Cary Grant. Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor, had a suite named after him. It is now operated by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which is part of an international hotel management group based in Hong Kong.

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    Gatwick to get Taiwan flights

    24 days ago

    China Airlines is to launch non stop flights between Gatwick and Taipei next winter. From 1 December it will operate four flights a week to the Taiwanese capital, using Airbus A350 aircraft with business, premium economy and economy cabins. Flights will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The airline flew to Heathrow for two years until March 2012.