Noel Josephides, Managing Director of Sunvil Holidays, was invited to speak on Radio 4 at 12.30 pm today, 7th February, 2011, about the difference in travel advice on travelling to Egypt while demonstrations were underway given by the UK Government compared with that, for example, of the American and German governments. He was interviewed alongside travel writer Alison Rice.
This popular book and recently-released film, starring Rachel Weisz as the mother of murdered Susie Salmon, is an unexpectedly uplifting film. The Lovely Bones describes Susie’s experiences in the after-life as she looks down from heaven on her family and friends whilst they heal and as she herself comes to terms with her own death. It is a gentle film that celebrates life.
Learning about new places is getting increasingly difficult these days as we we think we’ve heard it all before. At Travel PR, we scoured the earth to find a list of amazing places that aren’t in the public eye, a collection of the unusual, the amazing and the downright mysterious, we hope you like them!
Barga, a beguiling 10th century hilltop town, sits on the edge of Tuscany’s Garfagnana region, nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Apuan Alps and the Apennines. It’s a champion of ‘slow food’ – think locally grown porcini mushrooms, pecorino cheeses, sublime chestnut-inspired desserts, indulgent black truffles and leisurely lunches – but it sticks in my mind for an entirely different reason.
The Endeavour shuttle blasted off yesterday affording astronauts a 360° view around the International Space Station. While tour operators don’t offer trips to the moon (yet), we spoke to some that offer some of the best observation decks and amazing 360° vistas around the world, here are their selections.
Mark Carwardine, the wildlife presenter, amused the audience at last year’s Paul Morrison Guide of the Year Awards, run by Wanderlust magazine, at the Royal Geographical Society. He courageously sat on stage with interviewer Derek Moore (AITO’s Chairman/Founder Director of Explore) while a clip of a parrot trying to mate with his head appeared on the (very big) screen above him. The parrot had taken a fancy to Mr Carwardine while he was filming a BBC “Last Chance to See” series with Stephen Fry.
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Earlier this year I spent five months working in a tourist office in the South of France. Before starting I really wasn’t sure quite what to expect, and was by no means ready for the stream of strange and curious questions which would end up coming my way. Nothing had suggested that the tourist office would turn out to be a general information office or that the majority of ‘tourists’ would, in fact, be local residents.
After bringing us the likes of Simon Cowell, Osama Bin Laden, Jordan and Jedward, the Noughties are almost over. But what were the Destinations of the Decade – stunning new places that are now firmly on the tourism map – and what will be the holiday hotspots of the Twenty-Tens/Oh-tens/Teenies/Tenties/Tenners? We asked some of our expert clients:
Meeting in the week of the Copenhagen climate summit, the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) Council endorsed a number of sustainability measures, including a plan for the whole membership to sign up to their sustainable tourism criteria during 2010.