Worst airline in the world launches online booking site: Air Kyoro hits the web

October 24, 2012

Air Koryo, North Korea’s carrier which has been described as “the worst airline in the world”, has finally made its way into the digital age by launching its first-ever online booking service.
Owned by the state, the airline is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world to have been awarded just one star [...]

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Morgue to be renovated as hotel; Australian businessman makes spooky move

October 23, 2012

An ex-morgue, complete with mortuary fridges and autopsy tables, will be turned into a new off-beat hotel.
In an even creepier twist, the cold slabs that were once used to perform autopsies might become beds when Tasmania’s Willow Court is redevelop by an Australian businessman. The morgue, which was mainly used in the 1950s, was also [...]

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Travel agent to offer holidays in branches of John Lewis; Kuoni takes advantage of high street developments

October 22, 2012

One of the travel industry’s most luxurious tour operators has started selling holidays from selected John Lewis branches.
Kuoni, which has famously offered high-end breaks to the likes of the Caribbean, the Far East and the Indian Ocean, launched its concession inside John Lewis’ Oxford Street branch on Monday. It is scheduled to set up a [...]

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British travellers found to be worst at speaking foreign languages whilst abroad; new poll reveals home truths

October 19, 2012

Although people of most nationalities sometimes struggle to make themselves understood whilst on holiday, Britons appear to be the worst at attempting other languages.
Whether through the expectation that the locals will know enough English to get by or just pure laziness, the recent survey of travellers revealed how only 11 per cent’s worth of Britons [...]

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Edinburgh tourist slogan slammed: “Incrediburgh” branded appalling

October 18, 2012

A plan to promote tourism to Edinburgh by calling the Scottish capital “Incrediburgh” has been criticised by local politicians.
Set to be used as a vital part of a newly co-ordinated campaign, which is reportedly worth over £300,000, the phrase intends to publicise the Scottish capital’s charms. Although it was scheduled to run just in time [...]

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UK and European hotel prices drop after expensive September

October 17, 2012

Last month, hotel prices increased by anything up to 21 per cent across the UK’s main cities. In the wake of the expensive Olympic summer, holidaymakers that will travel around Britain this month will be thrilled to learn that UK hotel prices are finally dropping. In anticipation of the start of Autumn and remarkably [...]

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Suffolk’s latest campaign draws fire from local MPs and focuses on social networking; Curious County nickname blasted

October 16, 2012

A plan to promote the county of Suffolk as England’s “curious county” has been blasted by local MPs.
The campaign, which Visit Suffolk announced last month, includes strong social networking elements with Twitter users pushed to use hashtags such as #proudtobecurious or #curiouscounty. Already, the idea has been met with precious little support from the MPs [...]

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Cruise chiefs rush to deny working conditions of staff weeks after harmful Channel 4 exploitation documentary

October 15, 2012

The chief executive of one of Europe’s leading cruise lines has criticised producers of the recent Channel 4 documentary that highlighted the tough working conditions that staff have to endure on board cruise ships.
Broadcast earlier this month, the Dispatches programme shed light on the working conditions aboard the Celebrity Eclipse, which is operated by Celebrity [...]

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VisitEngland launches second tourism drive campaign; Brits pushed to holiday at home

October 12, 2012

VisitEngland has confirmed its plans to run another television campaign that will aim to encourage more Britons to holiday in the UK.
The £2m push, details of which were announced at today’s ABTA Travel Convention, is to launch in spring next year and will follow 2012’s much-maligned commercials that featured endorsements from celebrities including Stephen Fry, [...]

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Cunard abandons Savile tribute in wake of shocking allegations

October 11, 2012

Cruise giant Cunard today shelved its plans for a special sail-by tribute to honour the deceased celebrity and entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile.
Savile, who in recent weeks has become the subject of allegations of child abuse from numerous parties after the airing of a shocking ITV documentary last week, regularly sailed on Cunard’s ships as a [...]

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