Europe Ban For Airport
airports using the latest body scan security technology have
been given the go-ahead to continue operating the machines while
the European Commission investigates further any safety issues.
has banned the x-ray scanners until more testing is carried out
and results should be known by March 2010 so for the time being,
only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are
approved for use.
have found the body scanners emit low doses of radiation and the
EU has told member states not to install them until the risks
British Health Protection Agency said: 'The radiation dose from
an examination of two or three scans is less than that received
from two minutes flying at cruising altitude
The machines were scrapped at Heathrow after complaints about
invasion of privacy but Manchester Airport has installed 16 of
them at a cost of �80.000 each and they are now widely used in
UK Gov Accused of
Grounding Air Travel
leading airline chief executives
are calling on the British Chancellor, George Osborne to axe Air
Passenger Duty arguing that its negative impact on the UK
economy is outweighing any benefit from the revenue raised.
a letter to the Chancellor, Carolyn McCall from easyJet, Willie
Walsh from IAG, Michael O'Leary from Ryanair and Steve Ridgway
from Virgin Atlantic say that what is happening in the UK
mirrors what occurred in the Netherlands in 2008/09 when a
similar air tax was imposed.
a year, the levy was abandoned after a study showed that its
harmful effects on the Dutch economy were nearly four times
greater than the revenue it produced.
letter highlights that passenger numbers at UK airports have
fallen consecutively for the last three years to a level lower
than 2004. In 2010, there were 7.4 million fewer passengers in
the UK while numbers using European airports grew by 66.3
was doubled in 2007 and hiked again in each of the last two
The UK has the highest aviation taxes in the world.
Maldives & Seychelles
is providing patrol aircraft around the Maldives to protect
tourists from pirates.
Navy officials have confirmed the jet will monitor the Indian
Ocean where Somali pirates have become more active.
Earlier this year US Admiral Robert Willard, head of the United
States Pacific Command, said that pirates are posing particular
problems for the Maldives and pushed for international
has also donated a network of coastal radars and has trained
local personnel in how to operate the equipment to spot rogue
also assists Mauritius and the Seychelles in the fight against
piracy, donating speedboats to the areas.
Scales The Fat Map
been named to holiday destination where visitors pile on the
pounds, according to a study.
found the enormous food portions dished up in the USA and those
all-you-can-eat buffets is making travellers gain an average of
8lb in two weeks
Caribbean is the second worst offender thanks to the popular
all-inclusive hotel resorts where tourists bring home around
7.4lb from their trip.
questioned 2,000 Brits and found six in ten regularly gain
weight and for one in 20 it's often more a stone. Many only
notice when they see the holiday snaps
is third on the 'Fat Map' thanks to its wine and cheese followed
by Italy then Greece.
New York - The Big Apple is still the
core attraction for visitors to the United States according
the official tourism figures.
US Travel Boom
60 million international tourists visited
the US last year (2010) which is an increase of 9% on 2009,
figures from the Commerce Department show.
Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom provide the most
visitors but there's also growth coming from China and
After New York, Miami is the top city for foreign visitors
followed by Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Hawaii and
million tourists visited New York during 2010 making it
the Big Apple's biggest and best year for tourism
ever, according to the city's mayor.
The surge in visitor numbers is a 7 per cent increase on
the previous year and puts New York on track to reach a
goal set by Mayor Bloomberg of attracting 50 million
visitors annually in 2012.
Several tourist attractions and museums
reported an increase in visitors and it's calculated that 6,000
extra jobs were created by New York's tourism boom last year -
adding to the 320,000 workers already employed by the sector.
Top Tourist Traps
The official chart is
Los Angeles - Walk of Fame.
18 million visitors flock to LA every year and
one-in-ten visit the famous Hollywood Boulevard
9. Mount Rushmore
The immense sculptures of George Washington,
Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham
Lincoln attract more than 2 million visitors per
8. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone, with its phenomenal natural geysers
is renowned as one of America�s most unspoiled
and largest nature reserves visited by 3 million
people every year.
7. Yosemite National Park
The site near San Francisco is the third oldest
national park in the United States and draws in
around 3,5 million visitors.
6. Empire State Building, N.Y.
The Big Apple�s bucking the credit crunch
gloom and it seems the biggest attraction in New
York is the Empire State Building. It was built
in 1931 to be the tallest building in the world.
5. Grand Canyon
The work of the Colorado River produced this
truly awesome spectacle which in places
stretches 30 kilometres wide.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
This immense attraction in San Francisco is the
biggest city park complex in the world covering
300 square kilometres, larger than the city
itself. It welcomes more than 14 million people
15 million people visit the capital of the
United States every year and the election of
Barack Obama could see those numbers increase.
The US capital has seen
a decline in visitors since George Bush took
office of nearly two and a half million.
The bright lights and glitz attracts just less
than 40 million gamblers and fun-lovers to this
desert oasis every year.
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
Orlando's a city of about 2,6 million residents
and more than 17 million visitors making
Disney the most visited theme park in the
Passengers Are Just
travellers are failing to exercise on long-haul flights and
putting their health at risk, according to a survey.
survey for Thomson Airways found two in five do not drink
enough water on lengthy air journeys and seven out ten did
little or no exercise.
many as 41% of those responding to the survey admitted to
drinking only a little water on long flights, while 7% drank
none at all.
survey came as Thomson launched a guide aimed at helping
passengers beat jetlag.
Are the Booziest Abroad
tourists are Europe's heaviest drinkers abroad, while Italians
are the soberest, according to a survey.
of Brits admit they like more booze while away on holiday and
around 29% claim they swallow 5 or more drinks compared with
around 41% for other Europeans.
28% of Italians say they drink more while away than at home.
survey based on responses from holidaymakers from the UK,
France, Italy, Germany and Spain also revealed:
holidaymakers are least likely to smoke more when away, while
Italian holidaymakers are the heaviest smokers.
Foreign Roads To
Steer Clear Of
warning has been issued to tourists to take care when
driving abroad following a report which claimed 25,000 tourists
are killed on the roads each year.
Association of British Travel Agents insist only 'a very small
proportion' of the 60 million UK tourists who travel abroad are
caught up in fatal road accidents, it urged holidaymakers to
make themselves aware of local driving laws.
spokeswoman Nikki White said: "Many ABTA tour operators
work closely with local companies providing transfers and car
hire arrangements to operate appropriate safety standards"
with 55% of UK holidaymakers travelling independently rather
than with tour operators, action clearly needs to be taken by
individual governments where required and customers research
relevant local rules of the road before travelling.
airlines have been accused of charging
nearly four times the normal retail price
for snacks and drinks, according to a survey
example, a sandwich that costs around �2 in
a supermarket costs as much as �4.39 on the
budget airline Ryanair and �3.95 on Flybe.
biggest mark-ups were on items such as
crisps, biscuits and cakes.
low-cost airlines offer knockdown ticket
prices which are often cheaper than an
inflight cup of tea.
on the no-frills airlines are also generally
more expensive than those bought at airport
outlets, the survey revealed.
Atkinson, of travelsupermarket.com, said:
"Prices vary significantly across
airlines so by bringing your own you can
avoid having to think about it at all."
security measures means liquids can only be
purchased in the departure area where it
still tends to be cheaper than onboard the
plane whereas food can be taken through in
Universal's Backlot To
Studios, California has unveiled its newly
rebuilt backlot tour.
�137 million construction, which features
replicas of New York, London and Paris
streets, replaces the outdoor sets which
were destroyed by a fire.
The new lot will also be used for filming
street scenes as well as being part of the
studio tour's attractions.
Prior to the blaze
the site was used for filming movie classics
such as; Back To The Future and To Kill A
The four-acre site
features 13 city blocks and includes
sections that resemble Central Park,
Broadway, and areas of London with increased
heights of buildings
Get Your Brits Out!
in Egyptian temples and builders' bums in Goa,
UK holidaymakers are being urged to 'Put your
magazine Wanderlust has launched a campaign
pleading for Brits to dress appropriately for
their holiday comes after several high
publicity culture clashes including Katie
Price's brush with the law for topless
sunbathing in the Maldives and the arrest of
several British footballers for dressing up as
'naughty nuns' in Crete.
a nation we are travelling outside of Europe
more frequently, especially with the arrival
of cheap flights to destinations such as
'Showing too much flesh not only causes
offence and embarrassment in many countries,
but it can also lead to physical threats
against tourists. In some areas, skimpy
beachwear has provoked attacks on Western
example it�s acceptable to parade up and
down the beaches of Copacabana in Brazil in
the tiniest of bikinis, commonly known as
dental floss, however topless sunbathing is
prohibited. And despite its laid-back ambiance
the Caribbean is equally strict with
camouflage clothing illegal in most countries.
Airport Currency Alert
bureau de change outlets have been branded the
worst value for money because most
tended to charge for commission, Which?
study revealed travellers could find
themselves paying an extra �50 for large
amounts of currency
Money contacted 21 currency providers on six
occasions over three months and obtained
currency rates from the big four banks as well
as selected debit and credit card providers as
part of its eurozone currency rate experiment.
cheapest currency provider on average for US
dollars and euros was Eurochange - it charged
�351 for 500 dollars and �461 for 500 euros.
most expensive quotes were from an airport
branch of Travelex, charging �40 more for 500
dollars and �47 more for 500 euros on
Money editor Martyn Hocking said: "The
fall in the value of the pound has increased
the cost of hotels, travel and entertainment
for UK tourists, so it's more important than
ever to shop around for currency.
just presume that high street providers such
as travel agents and the Post Office offer the
best deals. Thinking ahead and changing your
money before you travel means you'll avoid
getting stung at the airport - head to a city
centre bureau de change or go online for the
Cruising Into A
nations are bracing themselves for a bleak winter and believe
the downturn could be blamed on a fall in British visitors.
Ministers from the region are so concerned they have visited
the UK to discuss the British Government's air passenger duty
which many claim is putting tourists off travelling long haul.
savior of Caribbean tourism during the early part of 2012
looks set to be a growth in revenue from the cruise indurty.
is expecting 48.4 per cent increase in arrivals on ships. One
report suggests there could be at least a 20 per cent increase
in tourist arrivals for this winter season thanks mainly to
& Spain Break
in Portugal, despite the tough economic time is breaking
records, according to official figures.
Office of National Statistics has revealed overnight
stays in the Algarve was up by almost a million during the
summer of 2011 compared to the same
period in 2010.
surge by foreign visitors was also boosted by an increasing
number of Portuguese people opting to spend their vacations in
their own country.
There was also a promising report to emerge from the
Spanish Ministry of Tourism which shows an 8% increase in the
number of tourists heading to Spain compared with the previous
summer season, nearly 6 million visited in September alone
making that month one of the best on record.
also been celebrating a sharp rise in tourist arrivals in 2011
compared to the previous year.
23 per cent more travellers
flocked to the island in the Med bringing an increase in hotel
occupancy and revenue.
The increase appears mainly due
to uncertainty in Tunisia plus more flights the the island
from Ryanair and easyjet.
most visited countries by UK residents in 2011 were:
Irish Republic 3.0 million
Wizarding World of Harry Potter has won the top award in the
2011 Theme Park Insider survey.
annual vote handed Islands of Adventure the Best Theme Park Award
for the second consecutive year, beating Busch Gardens in
second place, followed by Disney's California Adventure.
Readers voted Star Tours at
Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios as best new theme
Meanwhile thrill-seekers are
returning to America's biggest theme parks after the
roller-coaster recession ride of the last two years..
Many of the most
popular attractions are reporting bigger crowds and some are
reporting all-time high attendance numbers
Knott's Berry Farm near
Los Angeles cultivated a record 22.8 million people through its
Walt Disney reports
attendance actually dropped slightly at its parks in Orlando but
increased at Disneyland in California.
The dip in Florida was
mainly due to Universal's launch of the popular Wizarding World
of Harry Potter attraction.
Health Alert ForTravellers
percent on British tourists heading abroad are ignorant to the
benefits of carrying a European Health Insurance Card, according
to a recent study.
credit card-sized more piece of plastic DOES NOT replace travel
insurance but it does entitle the holder to have their
medical costs covered or discounted incase of an accident of
illness in another European country.
reveals many Brits didn't realise the EHIC needs to be renewed
every five years.
Atkinson said; "The cost for many serious accidents,
extensive treatment and the need for air ambulance repatriation
will not be covered by the EHIC and the costs for this can run
into tens of thousands of pounds if proper travel insurance
Is Your Holiday
Protected Atol At All?
Many UK travellers booking individual
flights and accommodation are to get the same protection as
those on package holidays in future, but not all!
The British Government's overhaul of
the ATOL holiday protection programme will include online
bookings of so-called �dynamic packages� due to the number
of independent travel company collapses.
The high volume of insolvencies
in recent years has resulted in many holidaymakers being
stranded overseas and losing the money they paid for the trip.
An estimated six million Brits prefer
to book independent holidays and the new rules should mean they
are properly protected financially.
However there has been criticism that
the changes exclude those customers who book each component of
their holiday from a separate web-based company, however
supporters of the scheme say it does at least offer some
A major tour
of Australia by Oprah Winfrey with a global TV audience of
millions has apparently failed to revive the tourism industry
The US talk
show queen took 300 fans on the holiday of a lifetime paid for
by Australian tax payers and was tipped to be worth �240
million ($360 million) in worldwide publicity. But the despite
all the publicity British were not tempted to travel to the
other side of the world to follow in Oprah's footsteps.
figures showed visits from Brits actually dropped 4.6 per cent
in the first five months of 2011,
Canadian arrivals fell by 5.1 per cent
year on year while the number of US visitors fell 0.8 per cent.
Industry experts are questioning the
publicity stunt and some say the money should have been spent
attracting Chinese visitors.
has been named the most likely destination for holidaymakers to pick
up sickness and diarrhoea, closely followed by Morocco,
according to a report.
study by the Health Protection Agency also listed
Portugal as one of the hot spots for tummy bugs and on further
examination researchers discovered the most like cause of
ill-health abroad was salmonella.
are advised to wash their hands regularly, carry alcohol gel, be
about drinking water and ensure their food is properly
Beneath Beach Brolly
umbrellas may not protect people from the harmful rays of the
sun, experts have warned.
Spain using an ultraviolet ray sensor on the base
of a blue and white canvas umbrella found
that a third of ultra-violet light still gets through even
though the parasol provided shade.
The umbrella intercepted the direct
radiation that comes from the sun, but part of the diffused
radiation, which makes up approximately 60 percent of the total,
reached the sensor from the sky not covered by the umbrella.
melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, affects more than
10,000 Britons a year and kills more than 2,000.
In addition to the use of umbrellas,
doctors recommend people use sun creams, hats and clothing when
at the beach to guard against ultraviolet radiation, and avoid
hours when the sun is at its highest.
British Airways has rubbished claims it
has lost around one in three items of baggage.
According to a figures from more than
2000 flyers from the UK, the survey showed 29 per cent of
passengers had endured lost, damaged or delayed luggage during
the last five years
One in 3.8 BA passengers has had lost,
delayed or damaged luggage in the last five years, the survey by
insurance company LV= claimed.
But BA said the figures were
"complete rubbish" and that there was no evidence to
suggest that a quarter of its passengers had had luggage
problems over the last five years.
The second worst-hit were passengers
on Virgin Atlantic flights, with one in 8.3 having bag
Third were Dubai-based carriers
Emirates, followed by easyJet and Ryanair.
Airline Baggage Loss Ration
1. British Airways 1 in 3.8
2. Virgin Atlantic 1 in 8.3
3. Emirates 1 in 9
4. EasyJet 1 in 11.1
5. Ryanair 1 in 12.5
6. Thomas Cook 1 in 14.2
7. Bmi 1 in 16.6
8. Bmibaby 1 in 20
Heathrow has been named the
most expensive airport to park a vehicle for a week with
passengers paying nearly three times as much than their
northern counterparts, a Which? Car survey has found.
The West London airport charges �53 for seven days in a
park-and-ride option while the equivalent at Manchester
Airport is just �19.84.
The most expensive airport parking
in the UK found in the survey was Heathrow's business option
costing �88.70 for seven days.
Belfast International, Liverpool
and Bristol all offered the cheapest on-site airport parking
ranging from �23 to �29.
It's Not All
On Cruise Ships
A recent study has concluded that
restrooms and public toilets on cruise ships are most likely
to be the cause of illnesses onboard.
The undercover testing of restrooms
revealed that out of 273 of those checked on 1,546 occasions,
only 37 percent of them were cleaned daily.
In 2006, hundreds of
cruise ship passengers came down with norovirus twice aboard
Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.
The health professionals tested
several surfaces in bathrooms including toilet seats, flush
devices, door handles and baby changing surfaces and found
most objects had not been touched by cleaning crews.
world�s most ambiguous airports have been named and shamed
in a study of their exact proximity to their alleged
destination, and the UK has the most offenders
airport journey times can add hours onto a travel itinerary
because they are located miles away from the city or resort
they claim to serve.
survey by Skyscanner.net has uncovered the worst offenders
which we�ve duplicated below.
Smith, director of Skyscanner said:" It's easy to get
caught out by flying to an airport that is miles away from
where you want to be, especially if you�re not familiar with
low price flight could easily be offset by the cost of a bus
or taxi fare. Double check the airport location before your
book, especially when flying on low-cost airlines."
of the worst offenders:
Munich West (Memmingen) � 70 miles (112km) from central
Oslo (Torp) � 68 miles (110km) from central Oslo
Frankfurt (Hahn) � 68 miles (110km) from central Frankfurt.
4. London (Oxford) � 60 miles (97km) from central London
5. Stockholm (Skavsta) � 59 miles (95km) from central
6. Barcelona (Girona) � 58 miles (94km) from central
7. Barcelona (Reus) � 58 miles (94km) from central Barcelona
8. Paris (Beauvais ) � 55miles (88km) from central Paris
9. Dusseldorf (Weeze) � 50 miles (80 km) from central
10. London (Stansted) � 40 miles (km) from central London
11. Tokyo (Narita) � 37 miles (60km) from central Tokyo
12. Verona (Brescia) � 33 miles (53km) from central Verona
13. Glasgow (Prestwick) � 32 miles (51km) from central
14. London (Luton) � 32 miles (51km) from central London
15. Milan (Bergamo) � 31 miles (50km) from central Milan
Cheap Sun Lotion
Outshines The Dearest
One of the cheapest sun lotions on
sale in the UK provides better protection than some of
the dearest, a study's found.
Researchers for a Which? survey claim
a �3 bottle of Asda sun lotion gives a better defense than
brands which cost three times as much.
Which? investigators tested 14 of the
best-selling sun creams in the factor of 15 bracket and
say only five met its standards.
The study found the Asda cream
offered a protection rating of 24, nine more than stated on
Researchers have warned that
sunbathers could be putting their health at risk with
protective creams that fail to offer what they claim.
Rival companies such as Tesco, Marks
and Spencer and Wilkinsons insist their products live up to
their claims under their own independent tests.
Most products offer protection
against UVB rays which is linked to several types of
Some products also claim protection
against UVA, which is also linked to some aggressive cancers