Key Quotes - Travel/Tourism

Key Quotes - Travel/Tourism

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Last update: Wednesday 13th December
 
A survey by travel site Travelzoo found that 30 per cent of UK travellers now rate the general safety and security of a destination as the most important factor when deciding where to holiday.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – July 19th 2016
 
Liberal Democrat John Hemming is lobbying to reduce or suspend airport passenger duty at peak travel times to make family holidays more affordable. A debate took place in Westminster Hall after an e-petition on the issue received 166,229 signatures. The Government said international demand at peak times meant high prices. The petition says: Family time is so much more essential in the current working world, but so many people can’t afford holidays in school holidays.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel, February 25, 2014
 
The group behind a Creationist Museum in Kentucky has said it is now starting to build a new theme park based around a 510ft replica of Noah’s Ark. The park would also feature a Tower of Babel and a theme park ride through the ten plagues of Egypt.
Travel/TourismThe Independent 28 February 2014, via Bible Society
 
The full damage the controversial HS2 rail project will do to the countryside is disclosed today. More than 100 of Britain's most important wildlife habitats and dozens of ancient woodlands will be directly affected by the proposed high speed rail link between London and the North. Official documents also disclose that hundreds of acres of green-belt land will be lost and more than 1,000 buildings are to be demolished.
Travel/TourismSunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
Parking fines could almost double after a minister said charges were now so low they no longer act as a deterrent. Transport minister Norman Baker is considering raising the amount councils can charge for parking illegally - currently capped at £70 outside London. The Liberal Democrat is con¬cerned that the penalty is failing to keep pace with fines in the capital, where the maximum is £130…Councils make £400 million a year in profit on parking fines, which they are legally bound to spend on trans¬port projects. But they are campaigning to have this restriction lifted - which is why they are asking for the right to increase charges.
Travel/TourismDaily Mail 19.07.13
 
Motorists who put lives at risk by sending text messages at the wheel are to face tougher penalties. Fines will be increased by 50 per cent to £90, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin indicated yesterday. However critics said the higher penalty has to be backed up by tougher enforcement as texting by drivers is now rife. Announcing the crackdown, Mr McLoughlin admitted he had used a mobile phone to make calls while driving, although he would not do so now. But he found it 'unbelievable' that motorists risk a fatal accident by texting, tweeting or using Facebook at the wheel - more distracting than being over the drink-drive limit.
Travel/TourismDaily Mail 09.05.2013
 
The Department for Transport (DfT) did not follow its own rules over the bidding process for the West Coast main line franchise, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has told MPs. The rail franchise system is ‘flawed’, Sir Richard told the House of Commons Transport Committee. He was giving evidence after Virgin Trains launched a judicial review of the decision to award a 13-year West Coast franchise to rival FirstGroup.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel, September 11, 2012
 
The number of forged passports spotted at British ports and airports has fallen by almost half over the past five years, it was revealed. Some 1,858 fakes were detected by border officials last year, down from 3,300 in 2007, according to figures obtained under Freedom of Information legislation. The UK Border Agency said that the introduction of biometric data had made it more difficult for criminals to forge documents.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – 6th August 2012
 
Holidaymakers face a sharp increase in the cost of flying following a 10 per cent increase in Air Passenger Duty. The tax on holidays, to be imposed next month, will add £250 to the cost of a family of four flying to Florida and about £360 to the cost of a four-strong group travelling to Australia. Visitors to Britain must also pay the duty on their return journey, meaning the tax could harm the important tourism sector in the Jubilee and Olympics year. Airlines said the tax would price ordinary families out of flying abroad and could be the ruin of smaller tour operators already struggling to survive the recession. The Government was accused of "burying bad news" after the Chancellor made no reference to the tax during his Budget speech and instead outlined the increases in papers released by the Treasury.
Travel/TourismDaily Telegraph - March 25 2012
 
Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan river as Israel removes 40-year-old land mines and improves the area, but barbed wire and armed soldiers testify to the area’s tense past. Jewish tradition holds this also is where the ancient Israelites crossed into the Promised Land following their flight from Egypt.
Visitors have tripled since 2004, reaching almost 60,000 in 2010 and some 44,000 during the first four months of 2011 said manager Saar Kfir, who works in the Civil Administration.
Travel/TourismLife And Work July 2011
 
Children will not be subjected to a X-ray body scanner which produces “naked” images of flight passengers, airport officials said last night. Bosses at Manchester Airport had a rethink on allowing under-18s to undergo the check after child protection experts warned that their security workers risked breaking the law by creating indecent images of juveniles.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – October 19th 2009
 
A drunken British man had to be saved by police after he began handing out thousands of Euro at a Spanish airport. The mystery visitor at Mallorca Airport was dishevelled and smelly, but had come into inheritance and quickly attracted a crowd when he began giving away bundles of Euro. Officers found 52,000E (about £44,960) on the man, who flew to the island from Manchester, and persuaded him to go home.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel- 9 July 2009
 
Passenger complaints have soared on the rail line running through North Staffordshire – despite a £9 billion upgrade. West Coast Mainline operator Virgin Trains received 52.1 per cent more complaints in the twelve months ending March 2009 than in the previous twelve months, figures from the Office of Rail Regulation showed. In the year 2007-2008, 360 complaints per 100,000 passenger journeys were received from the London-Scotland line, which runs via Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe. Last year the figure soared to 548. The statistics also showed that only 76.4 per cent of trains ran on time in January to March 2009 – well below the national average of 90.3 per cent.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel- 10 July 2009
 
It is unacceptable that low rail fares are mainly found on the internet, a report by MPs has said. The report, by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, said: “This approach undermines the whole basis of the railways as a public service available to all. It excludes those people without access to the internet, without the time to search or who decide to travel at short notice."
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel- 19 May 2009
 
Satellite tracking devices are being installed in buses to revolutionise public transport. Bus companies in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are working with regeneration leaders to install the devices in the next two years. The high-tech initiative will enable bus passengers to obtain up-to-the-minute information on bus itineraries at bus stops, online or on their mobile phones.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - January 2nd, 2009
 
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