In the News this Week...

brought to you by News Editor, Roger Bray
  • Time to kill at waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport?

    about 8 years ago

    Time to kill at waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport? It's a half century since the first jet flights took off there and the museum in the airport's Imperial Terminal is turning a spotlight on 1961, with models and photographs of the aircraft of that era, the Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 707. There are shots of stars photographed at the airport during that period, including Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn. The Flight Path museum is at www.flightpath.us.

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    Barcelona will have a new hotel this autumn...

    about 8 years ago

    Barcelona will have a new hotel this autumn when Sheraton opens a 154 room property under its Four Points brand. The hotel will be in the city's [email protected] district, not far from the Mediterranean. The district, once the site of factories and textile mills known, at the end of the 19th century, as the Catalan Manchester, has been redeveloped since 2000 as a hub for media and creative companies but has now also become residential, with shopping centres.



     

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    A new scenic train route will open in eastern Canada this September.

    about 8 years ago

    A new scenic train route will open in eastern Canada this September. Le Train du Massif de Charlevoix will run for 140kms along the St, Lawrence River between Quebec City and La Malbaie. It's the brainchild of Daniel Gauthier, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, who has bought the recreation area which includes Le Massif ski area. A four course meal will be available on the westbound, evening leg of the journey. UK tour operator Bridge & Wickers  is offering trips on the train as part of tailor made packages.

  • Summer holidaymakers walking in the country are alerted to watch out for ticks.

    about 8 years ago

    Summer holidaymakers walking in the country are alerted  to watch out for ticks. The reminder comes from the charity Lyme Disease Action, which warns that the tiny blood sucking parasites, about the size of a full stop on an A4 page, are present in the great numbers between April and October. They are found throughout the UK, Europe ad North America. Lyme disease causes a range of unpleasant symptoms which may include a circular red rash, headaches, a stiff neck, extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and disturbances of sight, hearing, digestive system and sleep. If left untreated it can progress to the joints, the heart and the nervous system. Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and trousers, keep a careful eye on exposed skin  and remove ticks asap using tweezers or a special tool available at £4.99 from the charity www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk.

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    Silver weddings are the most popular anniversary reason to visit Australia.

    about 8 years ago

    Silver weddings are the most popular anniversary reason to visit Australia, tour operator Austravel has found. Researching its own database is discovered that marking 25 years of marriage was a powerful incentive to celebrate down under. The finding chimes with general travel industry research which has consistently shown Australia as a prime aspirational destination. The operator says popular activities on Silver Wedding trips include helicopter flights over Ayers Rock or the Great Barrier Reef, swimming with wild bottlenose dolphins off Perth, hot air ballooning over the Outback – and wildlife or winery tours. www.austravel.com.

  • American civil war buffs will find plenty to satisfy their appetites...

    about 8 years ago

    American civil war buffs will find plenty to satisfy their appetites as the US marks 150 years since hostilities began in 1861. One example is the publication of a new guide to sites in Boston associated with the conflict, It has been published by the Freedom Trail Foundation (see our review: Boston on Foot ). The city was the hub of the abolitionist movements and places listed include the “underground railway” for escaped slaves and locations  where firebrand speeches were made, prisoners were rescued in jail breakouts, and troops trained. The book costs $9 – or around £6. Go to www.TheFreedomTrail.org

  • Fond of touring independently in the US? Hotel prices there are predicted to rise by 5.5% next year and by roughly the same amount in 2013.

    about 8 years ago

    Fond of touring independently in the US? Hotel prices there are predicted to rise by 5.5% next year and by roughly the same amount in 2013. The forecast come from PKF Consulting USA. It expects demand for rooms to rise this year by 4.0%. This might suggest hoteliers will be able to up rates aggressively. The reason that isn't happening immediately is that, where most American destinations are concerned, travellers haven't yet started to worry again that they might not be able to find a room.

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    Burlesque shows in the music lounge and books in all 135 rooms are promised at a new hotel scheduled to open this autumn in New Orleans.

    about 8 years ago

    Burlesque shows in the music lounge and books in all 135 rooms are promised at a new hotel scheduled to open this autumn in New Orleans. The Hotel Modern, in the city's Warehouse-Arts district, is the latest development by Klaus Ortlieb, the European hotelier behind New York's Cooper Square and Gotham hotels. Also this autumn the Hyatt Regency New Orleans will reopen after some £170 millions-worth of refurbishment. First guests are scheduled to arrive on October 19.

  • Transatlantic air passengers may soon be able to watch live television.

    about 8 years ago

    Transatlantic air passengers may soon be able to watch live television, according to a report in Flight International magazine. They would be able to receive sports or other broadcasts wirelessly on their own hand held devices or via in flight entertainment systems. The development is planned by LiveTV, a subsidiary of the US airline JetBlue, which already provides its satellite supported DirectTV service to airlines flying over North America. Now the company plans to go global. It hopes to reach an agreement with one or more airlines to launch broadcasts over the  North Atlantic late next year.

  • Ryanair has announced huge expansion at Manchester.

    about 8 years ago

    Ryanair has announced huge expansion at Manchester. The controversial low cost airline will up the number of routes it operates from the city's airport from six to 17 in October, and to 26 by summer next year. They will include Barcelona (Girona), Biarritz, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Rome, Oslo and Valencia.

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    Vienna's Belvedere gallery is to mount an exhibition this autumn dedicated to ther work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).

    about 8 years ago

    Vienna's Belvedere gallery is to mount an exhibition this autumn dedicated to ther work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and his contemporary, architect and designer Josef Hoffmann. Opening on October 25 it will mark the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth. Collaboration between the two started with the birth of the Secession movement towards the close of the 19th century and lasted until Klimt's death in 1918. Klimt and Hoffman worked together on exhibitions drawing together different branches of the arts. Go to www.belvedere.at.

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    Monarch Airlines is to launch flights from Gatwick to Barcelona on October 21, with fares from £57 return

    about 8 years ago

    Monarch Airlines is to launch flights from Gatwick to Barcelona on October 21, with fares from £57 return including all taxes and charges. It will start with a daily service, increasing it to 11 round trips a week from October 30. Monarch recently scrapped fees for passengers booking with debit cards and introduced a fixed charge for credit cards bookings, regardless of the transaction value or the number of people travelling.

  • Air Asia X will switch its flights from Stansted to Gatwick on October 24.

    over 8 years ago

    Air Asia X will switch its flights from Stansted to Gatwick on October 24. It currently operates six round trips a week to Kuala Lumpur. The airline, long haul arm of low cost carrier Air Asia, wants to take advantage of Gatwick's bigger European network, which it thinks will attract more passengers to its services. It says it will notify individually any passengers already booked to fly from Stansted.

    Silver Travel Advisor recommends Selective Asia.

  • You might be tempted to parrot Oates' famous line if you pop outside for a breath of air.

    over 8 years ago

    You might be tempted to parrot Oates' famous line if you pop outside for a breath of air. Customers booking Antarctic cruises to coincide with this year's centenary of expeditions by Scott and Amundsen's are being offered the chance to camp overnight and make a snowshoe traverse to rejoin the ship. The trips, which will take place in December and January, are being organised by  Santiago based company Antarctic Dream (/www.antarcticdream.com), which operates a former Chilean naval vessel which was transformed into an expedition ship. This won't be the cheapest camp site you'll have used though: on top of cruise prices starting at US$6900 (about £4300), camping costs $590 for one night or $990 for two.

  • A self service system allowing passengers to tag their own bags has been carried out successfully at Gatwick Airport.

    over 8 years ago

    A self service system allowing passengers to tag their own bags has been carried out successfully at Gatwick Airport. News of the test, which appear to have slipped under the publicity radar, emerged today in the final report by the Government's South East Airports task force. The report said Gatwick had been working with Norwegian Air Shuttle but further details of the system and a timetable for its permanent introduction were not immediately available. Two years ago transport communications and information technology specialist company SITA launched a self service check in kiosk which are able to print tags and allow passengers to check on the status of delayed bags and file reports if their luggage doesn't turn up without queuing to talk to an agent. Self check in is already widespread. The advantage of DIY bag tagging is that it allows passengers with hold baggage to avoid the check in desk altogether.

  • Porto has a new luxury hotel.

    over 8 years ago

    Porto has a new luxury hotel. The InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, which opened last week, is housed in a 200 years old palace on the city's main Liberdade square. It incorporates the Cafe Astoria – replicating the cafe which was part of the palace's ground floor at the start of the 20th century – with an outdoor terrace where guests can drink coffee and eat pastries. The hotel has 105 bedrooms, 16 suites, a gym and a “wellness centre”. Porto, Portgual's second city, lies on the Douro. Among its attractions are tours and tastings in the great Port lodges such as Sandeman, Cockburn and Taylor's.

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    Dartford globe-trotter wins Silver Travel holiday prize.

    over 8 years ago

    When she signed up for Silver Travel Advisor, 64 year old retired local government officer Jennifer Shapcott from Dartford, Kent, had no idea it would pave the way to a two night stay at Newquay’s renowned landmark, the 4* luxury Headland Hotel.

    Jennifer was the first name out of the hat in the prize draw among all new members signing up during May 2011.

    She said “I’m really chuffed to have won and I can’t wait to spend a couple of nights at The Headland Hotel in Cornwall. We love travelling, which is why I signed up to share some of our travel experiences on Silver Travel Advisor. My favourite holiday destination is the Canadian Rockies, though I wouldn’t mind if I had to keep going back to Austria . I love grand scenery and my partner and I love visiting historic houses and gardens and old market towns. When cash allows, we very much enjoy cruising, especially from Dover as it’s so close to where we live. I was surprised and delighted to get the good news from Silver Travel Advisor!”

    Debbie Marshall, who heads up the Silver Travel Advisor team, said “we were delighted to bring Jennifer and her partner Clive Bishop news of their win and we look forward to reading all about it when she posts her next review”.



    Jennifer Shapcott and her partner Clive Bishop are pictured above on holiday.

  • News 106

    `Travelling’ Yorkshire pharmacist wins Silver Travel holiday competition.

    over 8 years ago

    A lively, colourful and fun article about a visit to the Italian Lake Iseo has won 53 year old Doncaster pharmacist Dave Harcombe and his wife Barbara an unexpected return to Italy, with a first prize of a week’s holiday to Lake Garda, travelling with lakes and mountains holiday specialist Inghams.
    Dave Harcombe, who posts his holiday and travel reviews on Silver Travel Advisor under the pseudonym `travelling pharmacist’, wrote of his visit to Lake Iseo and peppered it with colourful references to eating local biscuits at the base of Garibaldi’s statue and coming across a ticket officer who answered his query about ferry times with a broad northern English accent. He was fortunate enough to be drawn from the hundreds of reviews posted on the site during June 2011 and can now go back and enjoy the Italian Lakes all over again!



    Dave Harcombe said “Hearing the news that we’d won a holiday to Lake Garda came on Father’s Day, which also happens to be my 29th wedding anniversary, so it was a triple celebration and I can now take Barbara back to the only Italian lake that we haven’t so far visited”.



    Click here to read Dave’s review.



    Dave and Barbara are pictured above on their holiday to the Columbia icefield in Canada.

  • The Stena Express Fastcraft has returned to Stena Line’s Fishguard to Rosslare route...

    over 8 years ago

    The Stena Express Fastcraft has returned to Stena Line’s Fishguard to Rosslare route on its summer schedule and will operate until Sunday September 4.



    The vessel, which caters for up to 520 passengers and up to 120 cars, boasts a Stena Plus ferry lounge, Metropolitan Grill and Barista coffee house, free Wi-Fi and an onboard shop which offers a wide range of gifts, jewellery, spirits, confectionery and fragrances.

  • Poland Tops Poll As Best Value For Money Out Of 30 Destinations

    over 8 years ago

    A recent study by Skyscanner has shown Poland to offer the best value for money out of 30 worldwide destinations.  The study, released last month (June) looked at 30 popular holiday destinations, taking into account the cost of a cup of coffee, a bottle of beer, a three course meal including a bottle of wine and one night’s accommodation.  The study concluded that those looking for real value should head to Poland, as it is a fantastic year round destination, combining winter sports opportunities with beautiful summer beaches, excellent city break options – and a wide choice of cheap flights.