Donald Trump’s empire has brought the “resort fee” to the UK. It is believed that a £20 nightly charge imposed on guests at the Trump Turnberry in Scotland is the first time this US practice of adding a mandatory fee has appeared in Britain. Guests at the Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire were told the £20 per room per night resort fee covered amenities such as wifi, the swimming pool and in-room coffee machines.
A new academic report has found that sick air travellers are most likely to infect passengers in the next rows, rather than the entire plane, as previously thought. The report was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by the FlyHealthy Research Team at Emory University in Georgia, USA. The team stated that despite often sensational media stories, the risks of infecting other passengers with respiratory viruses remained “unknown”.
Popular as it is for weekend breaks, Copenhagen is also notoriously expensive as a destination. It is totally possible to stay in style on a budget in this brilliant capital. There is one shower room, one toilet and two basins for guests, but you also have access to the same facilities as those in the hotel rooms – meaning 24-hour room service, free gym access and a daily wine hour between 5pm and 6pm.
Choosing a hotel in Venice can be a labyrinthine process. An annual influx of 28 million tourists (compared to just 55,000 locals) means the calli are crammed with hotels, B&Bs, Airbnbs and self-catering options. Some are mind-blowing, others distinctly mediocre. How to sort the wheat from the chaff?
The history lesson at Olive Farm Wines isn’t strictly necessary – sure, it’s nice to know that it’s the oldest winery in Western Australia, and that the original vines came over from South Africa’s Western Cape. Hunger is staved off at the Cheese Barrel restaurant next door, which specialises in gargantuan cheese platters. It’s no surprise that Olive Farm is smack bang in the Swan Valley, Australia’s hottest wine region and Western Australia’s oldest.
EasyJet is investigating after one of its pilots was filmed “dancing” in the cock-pit during a flight. In a post uploaded to Snapchat, a co-pilot can be seen doing paperwork while the plane is in cruise control. The pilot, Michel Castellucci, later posted it onto the social media platform under the name “pilot_flyingnut”, with the caption: “Dancing first officer in cruise doing paperwork”.
If you thought the dusty souks and fragrant markets of Marrakech were a universe away from the haute couture world of Paris’s catwalks and polished showrooms in the 16th arrondissement, then you evidently haven’t spent much time exploring the extraordinary life of Yves Saint Laurent. The designer, who not only inspired generations of style icons but also empowered a whole wave of women,l died in 2008, but a newly opened museum in the Moroccan city keeps his memory alive by paying tribute to his achievements in the most vibrant and elegant way. Perched on the edge of the luscious Jardin Majorelle, the museum – which opened in October 2017: one of two new spaces that exclusively celebrate the work of the Algerian-born couturier – is bound to catch any passerby’s attention.
It’s true that the main new cultural areas were dreamed up by the UAE government and property developers with a view to fostering an arts and start-up scene in the city. As a result, hipster Dubai can at times seem like a contrived, economically driven bandwagon that’s been jumped on.
The City of Lights: it’s the place to stroll down boulevards, gaze at world-famous art and eat like a king – but where should you bed down when it’s time for lights out? As the capital city of the world’s most-visited country, the choice of where to stay in Paris is mindboggling, with thousands of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels, and B&Bs to self-catering apartments. From London’s Experimental Cocktail Group comes Hotel des Grands Boulevards, a chic new property located in a 300-year-old manor house close to some of Paris’ best shopping streets, which opened in December 2017.
From safety regulations to noise restrictions, a formidable range of rules govern Europe’s airlines. The main pain suffered by airlines is for flight arrival delays of three hours or more. For short hops, compensation is set at €250.
As the first direct flight from London to Perth takes off on 25 March 2018, we look at the hundred-year journey that resulted in this impending feat of aviation. The stipulations were that the pilots must be Australian, the plane must be built in the British Empire, and the journey must take less than 30 days. Ahead of the winning flight, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness survey a route across northern Australia in a Model T Ford car.
Despite increasing tension between the UK and Russia, travel patterns to Moscow and St Petersburg have barely been affected, The Independent can reveal. Data from Travelport, a global travel tech company, shows there has been little change in either the number of new trips or cancellations of existing bookings. The firm checked data for all bookings through global distribution systems (GDSs) from London, Manchester and Edinburgh to Moscow and St Petersburg.
Despite the fact that India is a country where the seasons are marked by monsoon rains, areas such as Rajasthan and the nearby capital Delhi are classified by the World Resources Institute as extremely water-stressed. “I think we are conditioned as tourists to cast a blind eye to local problems such as water sometimes,” says Responsible Travel CEO and founder Justin Francis.
Many controllers stopped work on Wednesday night in support of a national strike against labour reforms and to seek better resourcing during busy periods. The air-traffic walk-out is due to end on Friday morning, which is when a separate strike by Air France staff begins. The French authorities have ordered airlines flying to, from or over France on Thursday to cull around 30 per cent of their flights - though Air France has cancelled fewer, at around 20 per cent.
Modern air travel has become increasingly unpleasant as airlines continue to shrink seat sizes to fit more passengers on board — and this is especially true in economy class. From coach seats that convert to flat beds to cabin filtration systems that produce cleaner air, here are 10 ways airlines are working to make your coach flight more enjoyable. Economy class usually consists of uncomfortable cramped seats that follow a standard row format.
A High Court judge has rejected a claim against Ryanair from a firm of solicitors over flight delay compensation. Bott & Co, a Cheshire-based practice specialising in airline passengers’ claims, had sought to recover legal fees in cases where Ryanair had settled direct with the customer. Under European passengers’ rights rules, airlines are liable to pay cash compensation for delays in arrival of three hours or more.
Not only will it be the longest flight in the world operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but it will be the first regular passenger service to directly link the UK to Australia, smoothing the historic “Kangaroo Route” from the 55-hour, nine-city, four-day hopscotch across continents it was when it began in 1947, to a 17-hour, nonstop zip Down Under. Although 17 hours beats the current speediest travel time of 21 hours (which includes a Dubai stop) between the two cities, it’s bound to be a sitting marathon for passengers at the back of the plane. Travellers with tickets for QF9 or QF10, the route’s flight numbers, can take comfort in knowing that it’s not even the longest flight in the world – Qatar Airways’ Doha-Auckland, United Airlines’ Los Angeles-Singapore, and Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-San Francisco routes all have slightly longer flight times.
Almaty, on the wild plains where Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China meet, is a sophisticated surprise, an outlier of skyscrapers, leafy parks, museums and coffee shops. The mighty Tien Shan mountains tower over Kazakhstan’s biggest city, which was decimated by an earthquake in 1911 and stripped of its capital city status in 1997. It used to be notoriously difficult to get a visa for Kazakhstan, but the government has implemented a visa waiver for UK travellers until December 2018.
Two days on strike, three days working normally: that is the pattern set by French rail workers for spring and early summer. A union leader has described the dispute as “an intense and long-lasting conflict”. The strikes are likely to cause hundreds of cancellations each day on a wide range of trains from Paris commuter services to TGV expresses.
Buy euros and dollars now before sterling slumps: that was the message from a leading foreign currency expert at a travel industry event on the impact of Brexit. Nick Parsons, chief writer and editor for OFX, said: “The pound is about as good as it gets.
Hundreds of flights to, from or via France face cancellation as the air-traffic control strike season begins. At 6pm British time on Wednesday 21 March, some French air-traffic controllers will stop work in protest against labour reforms. All airlines have been told to reduce their operations, typically by 30 per cent. The greatest impact is expected to be in the south and west of France, affecting flights linking the UK with Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
Vienna has topped Mercer’s global Quality of Living ranking for the ninth year in the row, but what does that actually mean? Most know the Austrian capital for its picture postcard images of its famous coffee houses, the soaring single spire of St Stephen’s Cathedral and the grandiose facade of Schönbrunn Palace. There’s a reassuring continuity about Vienna, a sense that time has stood still.
Vienna has been named the best city in the world for quality of living, according to a new survey. Now in its 20th year, the annual Mercer Quality of Living survey has crowned it the best place in the world for the ninth year in a row. “Vienna is the cultural, political and economic centre of Austria, and scores highly in a number of categories.
Ryanair has made a landgrab for flights from Austria, Germany and Switzerland to the Mediterranean. Europe’s biggest budget airline aims to spend €50m (£44m) buying 75 per cent of LaudaMotion, the latest aviation venture of Niki Lauda. Mr Lauda, the former Formula 1 racing driver, began his career in aviation in 1979 with an airline called Lauda Air.
Travellers to, from, through and over France face disruption over the next few days and weeks. At 6pm British time on Wednesday 21 March, some French air traffic controllers will begin a strike that continues to 5am on Friday 23 March. According to Eurocontrol, the French authorities have ordered a 30 per cent reduction in arrivals and departures at the main Paris airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Toulouse.