HEATHROW has stepped up its battle for expansion by claiming fares would drop if it had a third runway. A report by consultancy Frontier Economics says £300 could be cut from a return air fare by 2030 if the airport was allowed to expand.
It says passengers pay an extra £95 more for an average return because airlines are fighting for space at Heathrow, and this pushes up prices. Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews said: ‘This research shows that not building a third runway at Heathrow will add hundreds of pounds to the cost of a family holiday, be a disincentive to doing business in the UK, and increase the cost of the goods and services that are imported and exported through Britain’s most important trade gateway.’
The study said both Heathrow and Gatwick should be allowed to expand to bring the greatest benefits to passengers, because both airports will be heavily congested by 2030.
Heathrow said with a third runway it would be able to add 40 new direct routes to destinations such as Kolkata (Calcutta), Lima and Mombasa. It would also be able to improve connectivity within the UK, with routes to places such as Inverness, Jersey and Durham – destinations that have been cut as capacity has been squeezed.
Aviation analysts said it would be difficult to calculate the saving.
MANOR, a 16th century granite-and-thatch manor house sleeping 18
and hidden in Dartmoor National Park, has been added to Helpful Holidays’
collection of self-catering properties in the West Country.
The house – with many barns and an indoor pool – is in four
acres of grounds in the West Webburn River valley.
Original beams and period features have been adapted to create
a home for modern living with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms.
A week’s stay at Sweeton Manor starts from £3,320 per week
(£184 per person per week).
AEROMEXICO, Mexico's global airline,
is to incorporate a Boeing 787 in its three weekly flights from London Heathrow
to Mexico City. The carrier will be offering 243 seats, 32 of them in Premier
Class with flat beds.
BRITISH AIRWAYS aims to convert landfill waste into jet fuel in a pioneering carbon-saving initiative. It is supporting the creation of the world’s first facility – in Essex, England – to produce sustainable aviation fuel in conjunction with specialist firm Solena Fuels.
Approximately 575,000 tonnes of waste normally destined for landfill or incineration will be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels.
BA has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes a year of the jet fuel produced.
One thousand construction workers will be hired to build the facility which is due to be completed in 2017, creating up to 150 permanent jobs at the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Corringham.
GRAN CANARIA lets its hair down for
Canary Islands Day (Día de las Canarias) on May 30. The public holiday
celebrates the culture and history of the islands, and welcomes visitors to
sample tapas and listen to traditional music at street parties.
OPERA singer Katherine Jenkins has
been announced as the latest celebrity signed up to promote British tourism.
She will perform in Istanbul (as part
of the GREAT Festival of Creativity) and the US this year as part of a campaign
to promote the countryside, culture and heritage in Britain.
Dawe, CEO of VisitBritain, said: ‘Katherine Jenkins represents our finest
home-grown talent and we’re honoured to have her promoting the best of Britain.
Hosting the Olympics has given us a big image boost around the world and we are
now building on this to increase visitor numbers and spend. This campaign aims to increase both the
visibility of our countryside and the revenue that international visitors bring
to the rural economy.’
EVER wondered why your holiday photos of Barcelona, Orlando, Venice or London turn out to be, well, just decent snaps instead of the powerful works of art you’d envisaged?
The Jessops Academy City Tours photography course might be the answer. The one-day workshops are designed to help photographers in both the creative and technical fields. After each image is shot, the trainer provides instant feedback and assistance with adjusting composition and exposure to get the very best from the equipment and the surroundings.
Topics covered include:
·How to preview and control depth-of
·Effective use of tripods and supports
·How to use wide-angle lenses
·Creative use of white balance and
·Composition for people and
The£119 course is currently available
in the Manchester, Birmingham, Bath, London, Cardiff, Belfast and St. Albans.
WEST COUNTRY self-catering specialist Helpful
Holidays has put together a collection of places to stay within easy reach of
some of the region’s delicious dining venues and food and drink outlets,
encouraging holidaymakers to indulge in the best local produce on their
The tasty attractions and 31 inviting places to
stay nearby, which sleep three to 16 guests, are detailed in Helpful Holidays’
new West Country Food and Drink Trails supplement, which is available
free from the cottage agency.
For a copy of Helpful
Holidays’ West Country Food and Drink Trails and their main brochure
call 01647 434063 or visit www.helpfulholidays.com.
is always a gastronomical adventure, but if you really want to challenge your
taste buds, go for these more extreme dining experiences uncovered by Go Euro.
From alien bars to romantic restaurants just for two, here are four of the most
Solo Per Due – Vacone, Italy: Meaning Just for Two, this restaurant is exactly as it sounds. What could well be the smallest restaurant in the world provides nothing more than a table for two. When dinner is finished the lights are dimmed, transporting its guests back in time and making it the perfect place for a romantic date. The waiters can be summoned with a silver bell when required. The walls of the restaurant are said to come from the Roman villa of the poet Horace. In addition to the mosaic floors and arched doorways, the Fonte Bandalusia, a natural spring is not too far from the ancient ruins. H.R. Giger Museum Bar – Gruyères, Switzerland: This was designed by the Swiss artist, H.R. Giger. Its bio-mechanic aesthetic mirrors the design used by Giger in the production of the Alien film series. Whether you’re in the mood for a spooky date, a relaxing afternoon or simply looking to marvel at the unique architecture, this bar is the perfect destination for an unforgettable experience. Marsden Grotto – Marsden, South Shields, England: Known by locals as the Grotto, this fine dining restaurant has an average exterior, but dig a little deeper and you'll find that it's anything but conventional. From hardened sea smugglers to quarrelsome ghosts, this cool spot carved in the cliffs is steeped in history. The sheer, zigzagging staircase outside, and interior cave were blasted out by Jack the Blaster, a miner who used the cave as a base for his smuggling schemes. If the rumours of haunting don't spook you too much, head to this well-loved, albeit bizarre restaurant for deliciously fresh seafood. Espai Sucre – Barcelona, Spain: Appetisers and main courses are so passé. Why not skip straight to dessert? Espai Sucre in Barcelona offers a selection of just desserts… no seriously, just desserts. Famous not only for its cooking courses, the restaurant has six different and uniquely exciting menus. The smaller menu offers a small chocolate cream coffee, lemon cress and mint kefir. There is also a chocolate menu and cheese menu each consisting of three desserts. Hungry yet?
Chamber of Commerceis launching
a campaign to back Norfolk’s beaches. The aim of the campaign is to reach out
UK residents living within reasonable travelling distance of the county and
encourage them to book at least one UK holiday near their favourite Norfolk
Cromer wants to encourage locals and
visitors to take ownership of Norfolk beaches as places to go and enjoy more
frequently, whether it be for the day, a short break, a week or more.
Torrens, marketing director atwww.thisiscromer.co.uk,
says: ‘In the wake of the winter storms it is important for Brits to get behind
their favourite beaches and check in for some spring or summer fun.
‘Britain's beaches are bouncing back
and raring to go for the season. Cromer is certainly up and running, and other
beach destinations up and down the coast that may have been hit harder need our
TV chef, author and Guernsey tourism
ambassador, James Strawbridge, is to front a foodie weekend on Guernsey. The
weekend – May 16-18 – will feature cookery demonstrations by Strawbridge at the
'Seafront Sunday' festival in the capital, St. Peter Port, tastings of Guernsey
produce, cocktail masterclasses, wine tastings and guided tours with island
THEY say life begins at 40, and for many,
holidays also get better with age. A British Airways survey found that being active, having the money to travel,
and being commitment-free were among the top reasons why travel gets better
celebrate its 40th anniversary, British Airways has compiled its
list of the top 40 travel experiences.
1.Make a friend for life at one of Ibiza’s legendary clubs – Pacha, Space,
GOLFERS across the north-west of
England have the perfect reason to head to Sicily to discover the new rising
star of Italian golf from this spring onwards following the launch of a new
flight service from Manchester to the largest island in the Mediterranean.
easyJet has started a twice-weekly
service from Manchester to Catania airport, making the five-star Donnafugata Golf
Resort & Spa more accessible.
Latest figures revealed by the venue
show that the number of golfers visiting from the UK almost quadrupled in 2013
compared to the previous year.
Donnafugata recently opened its Darren
Clarke Centre of Excellence, the first facility of its kind in continental
Europe, offering expert teaching under the guidance of the resort's head
professional Davide Terrinoni through individual and group lessons.
Guy Roberts, director of golf at
Donnafugata Golf Resort, said: ‘The UK has been one of our biggest growth
markets over the last 18 months and the launch of new flights like the one from
Manchester will help to increase the popularity of the resort.’
DESPITE a long tradition of
exploration and discovery, British people appear at a loss when trying to matching
explorers with the journeys they actually took, according to an Expedia survey.
Even when it comes to the most famous and highly regarded explorers, fewer than
one in three could say accurately name where they had gone. More than 85
percent said that Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus had the greatest impact
on the modern world, yet only 23 percent and 31 percent respectively correctly named
their famous journeys. .
Most notable was Christopher
Columbus. Eighty-eight percent of Brits say he had the greatest bearing on the
world as we know it, yet 70 percent confused his achievements with Ferdinand
Magellan's circumnavigation of the earth, or credited him with Sir Walter
Raleigh's discovery of tobacco and potatoes.
Holiday editor David Kernek comments: Is this because British schools long ago
gave up teaching basic history and geography as these subjects were once
THE life and legacy of John Muir, the
Scots-born naturalist and founder of America's National Parks, is being
celebrated with the opening of a new coast-to-coast pathway across the heart of
The John Muir Way walking trail stretches
134 miles from Helensburgh in the west to Dunbar in the east.
From the Banks of Loch Lomond to
Edinburgh, the tour takes walkers through mountains, lochs, canals and coastal
scenery to see Scotland at its very best.
Described by the New York Times as, 'one of the greatest thinkers of America',
Muir's activism was pivotal in preserving some of North America's great parks: Yosemite
Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.
FAMILY holidays are coming back in a
big way. According to VisitEngland’s travel trends report, England’s baby boom
and ageing population will see more three-generation family holidays booked in
the next ten years than ever before.
VisitEngland rounds up the best of
the English seaside for all the family:
Serene, unspoilt and a little bit wild
East Lincolnshire’s tranquil charms
take nothing away from its huge family appeal. Cleethorpes near Grimsby has three
miles of unadulterated Blue Flag beaches, with plenty of space to fly a kite,
play beach games or simply dig your toes into the soft honey-hued sand while
eating fish and chips.
of Wight: Dino history
Explore the Isle of Wight in a fun
and unusual way while following in the footsteps of gentle, lumbering giants –
and that doesn’t mean trailing after your grandparents all day! The Dinosaur
Island App is designed to trigger off at six different dino hot spots, allowing
you to see exactly which ones were uncovered there. You can even use the app to
take pictures of family members unwittingly posing next to Iguanodons, T-Rexes
and more – just point your smartphone or tablet and click.
Essex: Anglo-Saxon heritage
High up on a hill overlooking the
Blackwater estuary, the ancient riverside town of Maeldune has a rich history. Discover
its full story at the Heritage Centre’s 42ft-long Maldon Embroidery, bringing
to life 1,000 years since Earl Byrhtnoth’s heroic battle against Viking
marauders in 911 AD. Take a trip back in time on one of England’s last
remaining Thames Sailing Barges, whose rust-coloured sails were a common sight
amongst 19th century mercantile fleets.
Tyne and Wear: Beachside frolics and cosmopolitan nights
Don’t be fooled by its modernist
architecture and grandiose construction. Sunderland bears strong traces of
England’s traditional seaside within its regenerated beach resorts, Roker and
Seaburn. Armed with buckets and spades, kids can happily while away the
afternoon building sandcastles, peering into rock pools, playing ball games and
Somerset: Seaside nostalgia mixed with modern thrills
rides across miles of sand, fish and chips along the vast prom, theme park
rides on a colossal new pier… when Weston-super-Mare does ‘family seaside
holiday’ it does in to the nth degree. Those old enough to remember the English
seaside’s golden age can re-live them at the Weston-super-Mare Museum. Down by
the seafront, the renovated Grand Pier has all the pleasures you might expect,
from stomach-churning rides to penny slot machines and a double-sided helter
skelter – though older generations might opt to relax in the Edwardian-style
PASSENGERS entering the US at Chicago
will find a new international terminal at O'Hare airport, where a $26 million re-building
project has been completed. It features 24 new luxury retail and dining outlets
– including 11 local Chicago brands.
‘The new international terminal revolutionizes
the traveller experience and will provide vital economic opportunity for years
to come," said Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
PLANNINGa holiday in or close to North
Yorkshire? Don’t miss these attractions in York
Georgian passion for fashion at Fairfax House:
Some of the finest accessories of the 18th century are on display in a major
fashion exhibition – Head to Toe:
Accessorising the Georgians – which runs until November. Accessories dating
from 1700 to 1820 and featuring shoes, fans, hats, waistcoats, garters,
stockings, buttons, and gloves. Male accessories form a key part of the
exhibition, revealing that vanity and the pursuit of fashion was not something
for women only. Other key pieces include a set of patches worn to conceal smallpox
marks on the face, and even eyebrows made from mouse hair.
III Experience at Monk Bar, and Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar: Two
attractions about the last Plantagenet monarch, the much-maligned Richard III,and the first Tudor king, Henry VII. Each attraction within one of York’shistoric Bars – gateways into the city
– covering the period from Richard III’s rise to power at the endof the Wars of the Roses and his
subsequent death at the Battle of Bosworth, to the rise of his nemesis, Henry
VII, including stories of medicine, health and life within late medieval and
KEY LARGO tour operator Largo Looker
recently opened in the Florida Keys, where it offers glass-bottom boat tours in
a high-speed hydrofoil vessel that rides on the ocean surface.
The vessel features a six-by-10-foot
viewing glass so guests can enjoy the only living coral reef in the continental
United States. Passengers have plenty of room in which to view the tropical
fish, coral formations and marine life up close and in comfort.
LISBON GOLF, which manages seven
unsung courses close to the Portuguese capital, has launched an English version
of its website – en.orizontegolf.com. It features descriptions of the courses, a
guide to key attributes of the region, weather information and news about
flights to Lisbon from 10 UK and Irish airports.
FROM Downton Abbey and Magna Carta to
rugby and the Bakewell Pudding, England’s ultimate Hall of Fame has been
revealed to celebrate St George’s Day.
The Hall of Fame exhibition opens to
the public today – St George’s Day. Running for one week until April 30, the
free open-air exhibition is at Observation Point on London’s South Bank.
The search to establish England’s
Hall of Fame began in February when the tourist board asked the public to
submit their suggestions. A panel of experts has awarded a bronze, silver and
gold across six categories, to celebrate the best of what England has brought
to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to
England’s ultimate Hall of Fame
Bronze – The four surviving original
copies of Magna Carta, sealed in 1215 at Runnymede, Surrey, and regarded by
historians as the foundation of constitutional liberty in the English-speaking
Silver – The smooth lawns and
sweeping vistas of England’s landscaping master, Capability Brown.
Gold – Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,
the world's oldest industrial complex and a crucial part of England’s naval
Great, the Good and the Notorious
Bronze – Banksy, whose original
murals can be spotted on a guided tour of Bristol’s street art
Silver – Robin Hood, England's
Gold – Founder of the National Trust,
Bronze – The Bakewell Pudding, first
made at a local inn in Derbyshire during the 19th century.
Silver – England's oldest working gin
distillery in Plymouth.
Gold – The sandwich, an essential
part of afternoon tea, which was named in honour of its inventor, John Montagu,
the 4th Earl of Sandwich.
Bronze – England as the birthplace of
the steam locomotive.
Silver – Sir Isaac Newton’s family
home at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, where the English physicist and
mathematician developed his theory of gravity.
Gold – Isambard Kingdom Brunel's
engineering masterpieces in Bristol, including the magnificent Clifton
Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain passenger steamship.
Bronze –The Oxford-Cambridge Boat
Race, established in 1829.
Silver – The home of tennis, from
Hampton Court Palace in Richmond-upon-Thames, where the sport is thought to
have been invented, to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Gold – The incidental birth of modern
rugby during a football game at Rugby School in Warwickshire
Bronze – Glastonbury, the granddaddy
of all festivals in Somerset.
Silver –Hampshire’s Highclere Castle,
the real-life location of ITV’s hugely successful Downton Abbey.