Italy’s next, they say. Economic meltdown looms. Everything’s so expensive now. The politics is falling apart. What prospects are there for the young? If all that is true, use all that as an excuse to get on and visit now. On my recent visit, it was still the same wonderful country it was when I lived there in the 1980s (and they were saying all the above then).
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Southwest Airlines has celebrated its first 'unmanned' flight, with an all-female crew of two pilots and four flight attendants undertaking a journey between the US cities of St. Louis and San Francisco, California. Others were quick to take to social media to show their support for the all-female service between St. Louis and San Francisco. Southwest is America's third biggest airline and the seventh largest in the world, with around 49,000 employees.
British Airways has apologised after passengers on a longhaul flight were bitten by bedbugs. Canadian Heather Szilagyi was travelling with her fiancé and daughter from Vancouver to London last month, when she says she saw a bug crawling out from her TV screen – on the back of the seat in front of her. Szilagyi, who works in the hotel industry, recognised it as a bed bug immediately, she told CTV Vancouver.
The latest tourist hotspot to contemplate a tax on tourists is a city enjoying its year in the spotlight as the UK’s cultural hub: Hull. With 10 weeks remaining for Hull to celebrate its status as UK City of Culture, officials are looking at ways to exploit the legacy. Hull City Council is studying the options for taxing visitors.
As a brand, Thomson was far from ideal. While the name of its venerable rival Thomas Cook celebrates a pioneer of mass travel, the Tommy-come-lately was named after a Canadian media baron, Roy Thomson. It was created from Britannia Airways, Gaytours, Luxitours, Riviera and Skytours in 1965, even before England won the World Cup.
One such dainty hog is Azuki, a Japanese pet whose owner has built him into an Instagram megastar with more than 200,000 followers to date. Azuki spends much of his time “posing” (well, standing) while modelling hats, tiny lions’ manes and pumpkins, the latter in a nod to the autumn season. The kayaking shot was a clear favourite, garnering Azuki more 19,000 likes and 500 comments (all a variation on, “So cute!”).
Nicola Gatta, mayor of Candela, a small town in Puglia, has made the offer in the hope of reversing the town’s declining population. Gatta told CNN Travel that he wants to bring numbers back up to the 8,000 of the 1990s, when the town was known as “Little Naples”. The declining population of Italy’s borghi – historical small towns – has been a matter of national concern for decades.
Remote UK tourism offices close in favour of online 'hubs' – but the signal's too poor to use them