1.8 million Britons looking abroad for sunshine

1.8 million Britons looking abroad for sunshineThe weather forecast in Britain for the Bank Holiday weekend is looking bleak, with rain and cool temperatures looking like the norm. Britons are heading overseas as a result, with as many as 1.8 million seeking sunshine in other countries.

The most popular destinations that people are heading to are all within a close distance to the UK with the most popular being  Spain, particularly Balearic Islands like the ever-popular Mallorca.

Coming in close behind Spain were Turkey, the Greek Islands and Egypt, all countries that will certainly be warmer than Great Britain. Not only is the gorgeous weather a good reason to travel, but the pound is also at a four year high against the euro so tourists are currently benefiting from 10% more spending power than they did last year in the eurozone.

Those wanting to get away from the cold and wet British weather and enjoy solo holidays in the sunshine now have plenty of opportunity to do so thanks to the strength of the pound and the wide range of fantastic destinations available close by.

 

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11-year-old girl shares her experiences of travelling alone

Mother Anne Atkins sparked much controversy when she wrote an article for the Mail Online Travel section about allowing her five children to travel alone from the age of nine.Rosalie Atkins shared her positive experiences of travelling to Paris on her own this summer

In response, her daughter Rosalie has shared her recent experience of travelling to Paris on her own, where she spent a few days exploring the city and staying with a French family.

In the article, she highlights the importance of taking solo holidays, describing how she has gained more confidence and a variety of valuable social skills.

During her trip to Paris, she claims to have seen more than she would have done with her parents, as she was able to learn all about the area from a family that live in the city. Previously using the train and flying alone, she also describes the friendly people she has met along the way and how safe she has always felt when travelling by herself.

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2011 Tenerife tourism levels show sharp increase

2011 Tenerife tourism levels show sharp increase The popular holiday location of Tenerife has been experiencing an influx of British tourists, after a fruitful year for tourism on the Canary Island.

Figures released by a top UK holiday comparison site recorded that visitor levels of British tourists saw an increase of 10%, the highest level since 2008 according to the Tenerife Tourism Corporation.Read more


2012 was a washout! Time to book your summer 2013 sunshine holiday

2012 started with hose pipe bans and warnings of drought. It has ended as one of the wettest in England since records began. The Met Office said that at 1,095.8 millimetres the average rainfall across England

With the final rainfall for 2012 calculated, the year 2012 was the third wettest in the UK as a whole since records began in 1910.

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UK was a wash out in 2012

As 2012 was so wet and miserable, people are planning to escape the UK this summer. No one wishes to take the risk of a washout UK summer in 2013 and forward bookings for sunshine singles holidays are already ahead of last year.

January holiday sales are well under way with many tour operators and Friendship Travel kicks off its summer 2013 singles holidays sale today with a range of savings.


2017 bank holidays fall kindly for globetrotters

Anyone with a busy job will be used to having to plan their holidays well in advance in order to get the best deals and make full use of their annual leave, so millions will be pleased to learn that the 2017 bank holidays have fallen rather kindly for anyone looking to enjoy an extended break next year.

As has been reported by several national newspapers – such as this article from The Sun – hopeful holidaymakers will be able to have 18 successive days away from the office around Easter 2017 by taking only nine days of holiday.

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2020 Christmas holidays still available

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Hello everyone. It’s been an unusual and unpredictable year so far for all of us and now with summer well and truly behind us and Christmas fast approaching, we find that for Friendship Travel it’s the same for our Christmas holidays. This is normally one of our busiest times of the year with so many of our guests happily packing their suitcases and getting ready to enjoy some festive fun, along with our hosts flying all over the world ready to greet our guests with a big smile on their face.

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32 million tourists expected to have visited Greece in 2018

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Tourism in Greece across the last 11 months has been exceptional. Reaching new heights, a flurry of new tourists has visited the country, enjoying the breathtaking landscapes and experiencing the vibrant culture. However, speaking at the “Blue Flags” annual meeting held by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, Greek Tourism Minister, Elena Kountoura, has revealed just how many people have travelled to Greece throughout 2018.

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33 million tourists predicted to visit Turkey in 2013

33 million tourists predicted to visit Turkey in 2013Turkey is being tipped to experience a fantastic year for tourism in 2013, with tourism experts saying that the country could welcome as many as 33 million international visitors.

A record breaking figure should it materialise, it is being predicted by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and could in turn set a new benchmark for yearly tourism revenue, hitting the US €25bn mark for the first time. This news was made further positive after Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism predicted that the number of international tourists could regularly surpass 50 million annually over the coming decade.Read more


4G mobile coverage is coming to the London Underground

The London Underground is getting an upgrade as 4G mobile coverage is set to be implemented.

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5% growth in international tourism for first half of 2014

International tourism has seen a 4.6 per cent growth in the first half of 2014, as reported by the World Tourism Organisation.

2014 has seen a significant growth in tourist numbersThis means that approximately 517 million international tourists, including those on solo holiday breaks, travelled between January and June, which is 22 million more than in the same period last year.

This follows the trend of a 5 per cent growth each year since 2010, currently exceeding the World Tourism Organisation’s long-term forecast, which predicts a 3.8 per cent growth each year between 2010 and 2020.

The Americas have so far led the tourism growth, experiencing a 6 per cent increase in tourists. This includes North America, which was boosted by those visiting Mexico and the Caribbean islands, which saw a 5 per cent increase.

As the most visited continent in the world, Europe’s 5 per cent increase continued its strong growth, reflecting improved consumer confidence. Africa also saw an increase of 3 per cent, with North Africa’s tourism increasing 4 per cent alone.

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5 top tips for taking out travel insurance

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Whether you’re looking for a singles holiday for over 60s, or looking for the adventure holiday of a lifetime, any seasoned traveller will tell you that travel insurance is not something to be overlooked.

With nearly 10 million Brits not taking out the correct travel insurance in 2017 alone, we've put together a handy guide to ensure you are fully covered on your next holiday.

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50 years of golf in the Algarve

The Algarve is currently celebrating 50 years of golf, with the beautifully sun kissed corner of Portugal home to some of Europe’s finest courses.

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90-year-old skier proves age is just a number

A 90-year-old Italian man has been showing the world that age really is no limit when it comes to hitting the slopes in a recently released video.

Tommy Tomasi, who was born in the mountains of Northern Italy, has been skiing since the age of four and still spends as much as seven hours every day traversing the pistes of Thredbo in Australia, where he founded the resort’s ski patrol after moving to the country following the Second World War.

Mr Tomasi was a ski racer as a youngster in his native Italy, but his idyllic childhood was disrupted when he had to join the Italian Partisans and the fight against Hitler. After capture by the Gestapo, Tomasi survived nine months in a concentration camp before escaping with three other prisoners.

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A farewell from the Algarve!

Here's a Guest Post from Steve Harris, Friendship Travel Host in Portugal

This has been Friendship Travel’s fifth season of singles holidays in the Algarve, at the friendly Velamar Hotel in Olhos d’Agua.  But while it’s a long-established favourite with Friendship guests, it has been my first as a Host.

I’ve lived locally for many years, and hope I’ll never leave – there’s something irresistible about the combination of pristine sandy beaches, the fresh aqua green of the Atlantic and the pretty fishing villages that dot the coast.

Apart from meeting so many interesting people each week over the last three months, I’ve had great fun helping our single travellers make the most of their holidays by helping with sightseeing arrangements by day and at night seeking out some fantastic little restaurants for dinner.  The quality and value of the food on the Algarve is one of the area’s great attractions as far as I’m concerned: fresh-caught sardines for 5 euros anyone?!

Week by week with our guests, I’ve explored the little rocky coves around Olhos d’Agua and walked beneath the fragrant eucalyptus and pine trees to the lovely beaches at Falaisa, Maria Luisa and Santa Eulalia.  On a couple of weeks, I’ve even walked as far as Albufeira – 90 minutes away for guests who really like to stretch their legs!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first season as Host here, and am glad to hear that plans for Friendship Travel’s sixth season on the Algarve are already in place.  So if you fancy a singles holiday on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, you know where to come!

Steve

 

 


A Game of Thrones tapestry has recreated the show’s plot in Belfast

To celebrate the seventh season of Game of Thrones, the show’s plot has been recreated in a stunning Bayeux style tapestry in Belfast.

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Acropolis of Lindos

A guide to the acropolis in Lindos

When it comes to discovering the treasures of Ancient Greece, the island of Rhodes provides plenty of opportunities. While the once famed Colossus of Rhodes is no longer standing, there are plenty of remnants of one of history’s most important civilisations, especially in the wonderful village of Lindos. This ancient archaeological site is home to the Lindos Acropolis, a location that features an abundance of historical structures and buildings that visitors today can explore for themselves.

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Brac in Croatia

A solo holiday to the Croatian island of Brac

Looking to book your next holiday? Why not consider the wonderful island of Brac in Croatia? With amazing weather, gorgeous vistas, and plenty to see and do, Brac makes for the perfect solo holiday location. If you are unfamiliar with Brac and what it has to offer, read on as this brief guide presents some top reasons to try this fantastic holiday destination.

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A word from Priscilla, our host in Bordeaux

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Take a group of guests, a few chateaux, several glasses of wine and some delicious food = one fabulous long weekend in Bordeaux on the Friendship Travel break.

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Airport redevelopment to boost Turkish tourism

According to property agency Spot Blue International Property, the Turkish tourism industry will soar over the next few years because of the Gazipasa Airport development plans. Airport redevelopment to boost Turkish tourism

The Gazipasa Airport, which is located on the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey, is set to increase the number of flights it receives from across the world and from the UK as well as improving its infrastructure.

The plans include potential new flight routes from across the UK, meaning that more people from Britain could fly to the Gazipasa Airport for family or singles holidays than before.

This, if given the go-ahead, will mean an expansion of the current terminal, the creation of new boarding and arrival gates and an expansion of the airport’s runway.

Murat Sen, vice president at TAV Gazipasa Airport, said: “Last year we processed 360,000 passengers, but have a target of 650,000 for 2014. Already this year we have tripled the number of passengers compared to the same period last year in 2013.”

These plans are set to increase the number of international visitors to the region, according to local officials.

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Algarve beach named best on Iberian Peninsula

Algarve beach named best on Iberian PeninsulaA beach in the Algarve has been praised in an article published in The Guardian newspaper, with a stretch in Tavira being named as the finest on the whole of the Iberian Peninsula.

The tremendous acclaim was given in an article about travel tips for readers, naming the Cabanas de Tavira as a fantastic location for your family getaway. It even went as far as to say that visitors will feel they have been dropped into their own little paradise, a statement that will certainly bode well for the already positive reputation of Portugal's beaches.Read more


Algarve looking to boost its culture

AlgarveAlgarve tourism bosses are planning to improve the region’s cultural landscape in a bid to beat seasonality and increase the number of visitors to the area.

Desidério Silva, the head of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), and the Algarve’s regional director for culture, Alexandra Gonçalves, recently met up to discuss the area’s tourism, religion and culture.

One of the main objectives to come out of this meeting was the aim not just to increase the number of people going on singles holidays in 2014 to the Algarve and the number of families visiting the region, but to use “cultural tourism” to beat seasonality and attract holidaymakers all year round.

This project has already got underway with the Mediterranean Diet being classified as a piece of “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO, as well as the Algarve now promoting the Islamic presence in the Algarve.

Desidério Silva told a local newspaper, “One of the first steps will be identifying, through the Regional Board for Culture, cultural resources that could boost tourist activity.”

Further plans include opening times for local museums and monuments being extended.

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Algarve named best value resort for Brits

A study by Post Office Travel Money has revealed that the Algarve offers the best value for money for Brits than anywhere else in Europe.

Algarve offers the best value for money for BritsThousands of Brits head to the Algarve on singles holidays every year and this year the popular resort will be cheaper than ever before as the Euro takes a pounding.

The new research found that in general Brits will enjoy a 20 per cent reduction in the price of food and drink across Europe.

The Algarve and Spain’s Costa del Sol were found to be the cheapest destinations to visit for Brits, with coffee on average costing just 52p in the Algarve and 88p in the Costa del Sol. Local beer in Portugal averaged at just 74p compared to £1.47 in Spain, whilst a glass of wine was just £1.11 in Portugal compared to £1.29 in Spain.

Andrew Brown of the Post Office Travel Money told the Daily Mirror, “It will be hard to beat Portugal and Spain but, as the weather warms up, Greece is shaping up to be great value too.”

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Algarve nominated for World Travel Award

Algarve nominated for World Travel AwardThe fantastic beaches of the Algarve have been given the ultimate praise, being nominated for a coveted award at the World Travel Awards.

Hardly surprising with the beautiful white sandy stretches the Algarve is home to, it will now go up against the likes of Cannes, Corfu, the Emerald Coast, Formentera, Marbella and Oludeniz for the chance to win the title of Europe's Best Beach Destination. It would be the second accolade from the awards in as many years should they be victorious, having taken home the crown for Best Golfing Destination during the 2012 affair. It's a title which it is also looking to retain, fighting off stiff competition from England, France, Germany, Scotland and Spain.

The winner will be announced at the official awards ceremony, taking place in the Turkish city of Antalya this coming August. If you are thinking of a new destination to enjoy your singles holidays this summer, the sublime shores of the Algarve promise not to disappoint.

 

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Algarve picks up accolades at the World Travel Awards

Algarve BeachThe Algarve has been recognised as one of the world's leading holiday destinations at the World Travel Awards, known by many as the 'Oscars' of the travel industry. The awards ceremony for the European awards took place at the end of August in Turkey and the Algarve came away with five awards.

As well as being a favourite with those looking for singles holidays, the Algarve came away with one of the most prestigious awards of the night: Europe's leading beach destination. Considering the wide array of excellent beaches that can be found in Europe, the Algarve emerged as the destination that is home to the best world-class beaches.

On top of this coveted award, the Algarve walked away with the awards for Europe's leading boutique resort, Europe's leading luxury resort, the best golf resort and the best villa resort in Europe. The results of the World Travel Awards certainly suggest that people will still be flocking to the Algarve for years to come.

Check out the rest of the results of the World Travel Awards here.


Algarve regions in running for top tourism award

AlvorThe regions of Loulé and Vila Real de Santo António have been nominated for a top tourism award at the Publituris Portugal Trade Awards, highlighting the fantastic holidaying opportunities which can be found across the Algarve.

With the winners expected to be announced at an official ceremony on 12th March, the two municipalities are in the running for the ‘Best Municipality for Tourism’ award - an accolade which would cap off what has been a fantastic year for tourism in the Algarve. This isn’t the only award which the Algarve is in the running for winning, either, with the marinas of Portimão, Lagos and Vilamoura all vying for success in the ‘Best Marina’ category.

The Algarve is renowned for its beautiful weather, stunning coastlines and fantastic variety of cultural events, which are all reasons why millions of people holiday in the region year after year. If you are looking for a great new destination in which to enjoy your singles holidays this summer, why not head to the Algarve and discover why it continues to prove so popular?

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Algarve takes centre stage at World Travel Awards

fig tartEarlier this month, the Algarve hosted the World Travel Awards Europe Ceremony 2012 and, as one of Portugal’s most popular destinations, it was certainly a fitting place to hold it.

Guests at the red-carpet event were invited to try out a number of things that the Algarve is famous for, including a golf tournament on Quinta do Lago South Course which is the region’s best championship course.

Food is another area in which the Algarve presents itself as a wonderful holiday destination, with figs and oranges growing in abundance as well as strawberry trees, cork oak and carob beans. A lesser known fact is that the Algarve is the birth place of ‘piri-piri’ chicken, a dish that has even sparked its own restaurant chain in the UK.Read more


Algarve third best value holiday destination

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The Algarve has been named the third best value destination, fantastic news for holidaymakers looking for fantastic deals on their getaways in 2015.Read more


Algarve tourism levels already on the rise

Algarve tourism levels already on the rise - Singles HolidaysIt's still early days for the 2012 holiday season, but it is already looking to be yet another stellar year for tourism in the Algarve, with occupancy rates across the holiday hotspot already on the rise.

Figures released from their tourist board show the occupancy rate for March standing at 50%, marking a rise of 7.5% compared to this time last year. It should also noted that the amount of Britons staying in the region has increased, with 15% more jumping on the plane to enjoy a piece of paradise.Read more


Algarve tourism to hold off European financial problems

An Algarve tourism chief has predicted the region to resist ongoing financial problems in Europe, and continue to establish itself as a leading tourism destination.

Alberta Pina, president of the regional ERTA tourist board, believes the Algarve, renowned around the world for its stunning beaches and beautiful weather, hosts a number of niches that will continue to make it a hugely popular holiday location.

It is thought tourism chiefs in the region will continue to invest in a series of facets which have helped build the Algarve’s appeal to tourists across the world, such as sun, sea and golf, whilst also looking at targeting unexplored activities such as bird-watching, diving, rural and accessible tourism.Read more


An ancient underground city in Turkey could be open to the public

Shepherds have discovered an ancient underground city in central Turkey and tourists could soon be able to visit it.

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An update from Mel in sunny Turkey

For Turkey  it was a celebration weekend!  Here we saw the areas of Oludeniz and Fethiye really come to life for the Bayram (Eid) holiday.  Lots of Turkish tourists flocked to the coast for 4 days holiday to enjoy the lovely beaches, lazy day cruises, and lively nightlife.

For me, I am starting to prepare myself as we move towards September . This is one of my busiest months as we will have many guests holidaying in various resorts around Europe, Gulet cruises in Croatia and Turkey, as well as welcoming guests to 3 hotels in the area of Oludeniz.

Guests & Hosts will be flying in and out of the UK to various resorts, ferry tickets need to be organised, transfers have to be booked, paper work completed. My job is certainly not boring!

Although we are still in August, this is also the time I start to think about winter. I shall be flying back to the UK at the end of summer for our Dinner Dance in Harpenden (always a favourite of mine). For winter this year we have Tunisia as a new destination as well as popular resorts such as Cape Verde, Mexico and Lanzarote. Before we know it, it will soon be Christmas – another busy time for Friendship Travel. I know where I’m going, do you?


Annual Tourism Human Resources Conference to return next week

Annual Tourism Human Resources Conference to return next week Principle of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is to lead the speakers at the sixth annual Tourism Human Resources Conference next week.

The Barbados born speaker will address the conference theme, which has been labelled ‘Enhancing Caribbean Tourism Human Resources’ at the opening ceremony of the three day international event, which runs from 23 – 25 May.

Organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), some of the objectives of the event include improving knowledge on how to leverage resources across boundaries for the benefit of the region’s already booming tourism sector.Read more


April showers thought to cause increase in foreign bookings

April showers thought to cause increase in foreign bookings The presence of April showers in the UK once again isn’t doing much to entice holidaymakers into considering a staycation. It seems Brits are already looking to flee for the border, with many tour operators announcing a steady rise in bookings following the recent weather patterns.

Virgin Atlantic are experiencing a particularly fruitful period, with a rise of 37% in booking compared to 2011. Many holiday makers are choosing the tropical waters of the Caribbean over the beaches back home.Read more


Aquaculture in the Caribbean to be Promoted

Renowned as a vibrant host of some of the most delicious seafood dishes from around the world, the Caribbean cuisine relies on the stunning sea life surrounding theCaribbean, whilst the marine life is responsible for thousands of local livelihoods.

There are worries that the ability to match the advanced state of other countries in the aquaculture industry is being hindered by lack of development in relevant equipment in the Caribbean.

Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism said: “We have huge potential for increasing and expanding the production of aquaculture in theCaribbeanregion.” He went on to map out an action plan to tackle the issues, citing improved trade in fish and introducing legal, regulatory and administrative systems.Read more


Artificial reef to be expanded in Paphos

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The Paphos chamber of commerce and industry has announced plans to extend the artificial reef in the surrounding waters of Cyprus, a move which shows their intention to further develop the offering of dive tourism in the area.Read more


Australia encourages Aboriginal Tourism

Australia encourages Aboriginal TourismThose looking for the ultimate cultural getaway have plenty of choices available to them, and Australia is fast becoming one of the top options thanks to investment in Aboriginal tourism projects.

The Minister for Tourism in Australia, Martin Ferguson, believes that there is great potential to be had with indigenous tourism, and that so far it has been relatively untapped. A number of projects are soon to get underway, including a $1 million project at Dreamworld theme park to create an Aboriginal wildlife experience section. An $825,000 grant was also given to the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land to invest in indigenous-owned tourism businesses.

Alongside these projects are plenty of cultural wonders available to see in Australia, including Uluru which has long been a sacred rock to the indigenous people of the area, and the Great Barrier Reef which houses some of the most beautiful marine life in the world.Read more


Australia voted world’s dream destination

Australia voted world’s dream destinationA US-based travel magazine has recently voted Australia the ultimate dream holiday destination. Virtuoso Life readers placed Australia at the top of the list, beating other beautiful countries such as New Zealand and Italy.

The magazine recently published its annual Travel Dreams report and it was announced that Australia had won the award for being the world’s best luxury destination, signalling good news for Australia’s latest tourism efforts. Sydney was also chosen to appear in the top 10 for style and design capitals, unsurprising since Sydney is a huge cultural centre packed with restaurants, bars, first-class shopping and luxurious accommodation.Read more


Barbados celebrating 2019 as the “year of wellness & soft adventure”

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Barbados is currently enjoying another fantastic year in terms of tourism and is celebrating 2019 specifically as the “year of wellness and soft adventure”.

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Barbados looks to increase low season tourism

Barbados looks to increase low season tourism

When you think of Barbados, the first thing that springs to mind is summery cocktails, white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. But could you ever picture yourself there during the colder months?

That’s what Billy Griffith, the CEO at Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. has in mind for improving Barbados’ tourism industry, with plans for more sport, food and cultural events to entice holidaymakers in the low season, according to TravelMole.com.Read more


Barcelona and Madrid do battle for mega casino project

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A mega casino project being put together by American multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson is at the centre of a tug of war between two of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

Barcelona and Madrid are both vying for the right to host aLas Vegas style resort, dubbed Eurovegas, which will see a complex of hotels and casinos generating up to 200,000 jobs.

Likened to the ‘El Classico’ derby, where the two cities do battle on the football pitch, representatives from both Madrid and Barcelona are desperate to woo one of the richest men in the world to invest in their city.Read more


Barcelona makes the list of most Instagrammed spots in the world

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Social media platform Instagram is one of the most popular places on the web to post photographs, and now they have revealed a list of the 10 most photographed spots in the world.Read more


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BBC drama boosts travel to Mallorca

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Popular television programmes can often be a boon to tourism as people clamour to see the places featured for themselves. Poldark helped Cornwall’s tourism, and now, the BBC’s The Night Manager is helping boost travel to Mallorca.

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Belfast restaurants triumph in National Restaurant Awards

Belfast restaurants triumph in National Restaurant AwardsAs the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is sure to be the vibrant urban centre that city break fans are looking for. As well as offering plenty on the style, culture and nightlife fronts, Belfast also triumphs in terms of cuisine as 2 Belfast restaurants were named in the top 100 list of UK restaurants.

The 2012 National Restaurant Awards ceremony saw Shu and Mourne Seafood join the prestigious list. Shu also claimed the award for ‘Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland’ thanks to the efforts of head chef Brian McCann, who created the restaurant’s innovative menu.Read more


Belfast theatre wins tourism award

A theatre in Belfast has been awarded a prestigious accolade at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.

The Lyric Theatre was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award at a glittering ceremony, marking yet more impressive strides Belfast has made as a tourist destination.

Opening on 1 May last year following a revamp, the theatre welcomed approximately 128,000 visitors and has also won a claimed a number of awards for both architecture and the theatre.

Lyric Chief Executive Ciaran McAuley said: ‘Belfast has received much press recently for its impressive regeneration as a city with many excellent new venues, so to win this award in such an exciting year is fantastic for the Lyric.’Read more


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Best Barcelona museums to visit on your solo holiday

An eclectic and cosmopolitan city, Barcelona has an international reputation for culture, design and innovative visual arts. This northern Spanish city welcomes tourists from all over the world to celebrate.

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Best countries to visit in 2020

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It’s the perfect time to start planning where to go on a single traveller holiday in 2020, but with beautiful destinations across the world to choose from, it can be difficult to pick. Lonely Planet has made choosing your holiday destination plenty easier, as they’ve recently announced the top countries to travel to in 2020.Read more


Best destinations for a New Year’s getaway

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The new year is the perfect time to venture out of your comfort zone and embark on new adventures. Locations across the globe claim that they are the best spot to venture to as 2019 shows its face, but we’ve uncovered the truth, and can tell you where you need to be heading to for a January like no other.

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Best destinations for summer 2019 are revealed

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Choosing which country to visit for a holiday has just become easier, as the travel publisher Lonely Planet has revealed its top destinations in Europe for summer 2019. From bustling cities to quiet beaches, you can be sure to find a European holiday perfectly suited to your taste.Read more