Beach? We want more say long haul travellers
Long haul travellers are beginning to abandon the conventional beach holiday in pursuit of more varied experiences, according to tour operator Hayes & Jarvis. In its annual survey of trends the long haul specialist says customers are increasingly combining coastal stays with city visits and cultural or heritage tours. It reports huge growth in its African safari bookings, which have increased almost threefold this year. Vietnam has seen the strongest growth, with bookings up 98%, it claims. Next comes Brazil, up 55%, followed by Kenya (+51%), Tanzania (up 37% and South Africa(+35%).
Wilfred Owen trail opens
A trail following the last footsteps of the young First World War poet Wilfred Owen has been opened in Northern France. The 6km (33/4 miles) route starts the Maison Forestière, or Forest House, where Second Lieutenant Owen and his men sheltered in a smoky cellar before advancing in an attempt to cross a canal at the village of Ors, just under 20 miles east of Cambrai. The house is now both a sculpture and a museum commemorating the poet, is transformation designed by British artist Simon Patterson. From there the trail leads through woods to the spot on the canal bank where, on November 4, 1918 - and only a week before the ending of hostilities Owen fell. The action resulted in the award of two posthumous VCs to other officers. Free audio guides to the battle which lead to Owen's death are available from the Cambrai Tourist Office. They can also be downloaded in English on to smart phones from www.tourisme-cambresis.fr/audioguide
Tenerife hotel group offers guided walks
A Tenerife hotel group is offering guided hiking packages this summer. The deals are available from Adrian Hoteles until the end of September. The group includes the five star Hotel Jardines de Nivaria and Roca Nivaria Gran Hotel, and the four star Hotel Colon Guanaha. Packages include seven nights’ accommodation with a private guide and a choice of walking in various parts of the island, among them Mount Teide National Park, the Anaga Rural Park, the Masca Gorge and the Monte del Agua. The hotel will provide guests with picnic bags and water for the excursions. Also included in the price is a massage to soothe aching muscles after a day’s hike. Prices at the three hotels - flights are not included - start at £960, £897 and £777 respectively.
Soho hotel opens
A Soho property used by Charles Dickens as the model for the home of Dr. Manette and his daughter in A Tales of Two Cities has been converted into a hotel. The 78 room Nadler on Carlisle Street was once the base of 18th century London's School of Arms and Manners and was bombed in 1941 during the Blitz. It offers free wi fi, secure high speed broadband for £1.95 an hour or £5.95 for 24 hours and 30 minutes of free local and national calls per day. Continental breakfast can be delivered to rooms, which have "mini kitchens" and flat screen TVs in rooms with links which allow guests to stream their own content.