Friday, 18 May 2018

Furious passenger caught on camera attempting to gain access to Jetstar plane.

Anyone who's ever missed a flight would know exactly how it feels to sit in the airport and be forced to stare longingly at the locked plane you were supposed to be on.

That was something that clearly didn't sit well with one furious Melbourne passenger, who was caught on camera storming the tarmac in an attempt to board a Jetstar plane, reports.

In a video released by 9 News, the late passenger is seen attempting to wrench open the locked door of the Jetstar plane before resorting to kicking it with his foot.

The man's brazen attempt came after he reportedly became irate and physical with Jetstar staff when they told him he was hours late for an earlier flight, according to 9 News.

Full story at NZ Herald.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Airline passengers are told not to take their own food on flights as it can be 'mistaken for a suspicious item' at security.

Airline passengers in the UK are being told not to take their own food on flights.

New guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT) says any food items or powders should be 'packed into hold baggage where possible'.

Transport officials say that storing food in carry-on bags can obstruct images on the x-ray machine or may be mistaken for suspicious items, leading to additional checks.

By Jennifer Newtown.
Full story at Daily Mail.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Tourism Ministry to provide regular updates following terror attacks.

The Heroes Monument (Tugu Pahlawan) in Surabaya, East Java. (Shutterstock/File)
Following the terror attacks in Surabaya and Sidoarjo on Sunday and Monday, the Tourism Ministry said it had coordinated with related authorities to ensure the conduciveness of the tourist ecosystem in the regions. 

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Tourism Crisis Management keeps monitoring updates on the incident and coordinating with related authorities to assure that the tourist ecosystem, particularly accessibility, amenities and attractions in Surabaya and Sidoarjo in East Java remain conducive," read the statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Monday.

 "Regarding the travel advice issued by several governments, the Tourism Ministry appreciates such measures and considers it as a form of the countries' responsibility to protect their citizens," added the statement. 

According to, the ministry's crisis center will provide important updates on its website every hour regarding three aspects: "[to inform tourists about] the opening status of an attraction; airline accessibility, whether an airport is closed not; and [implementation of] security at hotels," said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya. 

Despite the incident, Arief said there were no significant effects on the hotel sector in Surabaya. (kes)

Full story at The Jakarta Post.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption: Holiday bookings drop 50 per cent.

An ash plume rises from Kilauea on May 4.
Photo: AP
Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island.

Officials say the pace of bookings for hotels and tour activities on the Big Island of Hawaii are down about 50 per cent compared with previous years as an erupting volcano spews lava for a second week.

The Big Island tourism board estimates $US5 million ($A6.64 million) worth of cancellations from May through July. There was "an immediate impact" after the Kilauea volcano first erupted on May 3.

Full story at Traveller.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Japan Airlines is launching a new low-cost carrier to tap into growing Asian demand for budget travel.

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Japan Airlines (JAL) is launching a low-cost carrier offering medium to long-haul flights, aiming to tap into growing Asian demand for budget air travel.

The new airline will be based at Narita International Airport in Tokyo and will offer flights to Asia, Europe and the Americas, the carrier announced today.

The as-yet unnamed airline plans to start flying in the summer of 2020 with two wide-body Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

JAL will invest 10 billion yen to 20 billion yen ($91.44 million to $182.88 million) in the business, with the aim of reaching profitability within three years from the launch, the company said.

Budget flights have been slow to take off in Japan, which is dominated by full-service carriers JAL and All Nipon Airways (ANA), and the country has a sophisticated high-speed rail network.

But with growing numbers of Asian travellers taking to the air, the two Japanese airlines are looking to expand their low-cost offerings.

By Jennifer Newtown.
Full story at Daily Mail.

Friday, 11 May 2018

How tourism in Iran blossomed after the nuclear deal – and what the future holds for the fragile industry.

Isfahan is one of the most popular destinations
for tourists visiting Iran CREDIT: GETTY
In 2016, as an indication of confidence in the renewed harmony between the West and Iran, three of Europe’s most prestigious airlines returned to the Middle Eastern country’s capital Tehran.

The resumption of direct flights by British Airways, Air France and KLM, from London, Paris and Amsterdam, followed the lifting of a number of sanctions against Iran in the wake of a groundbreaking nuclear deal spearheaded by Barack Obama.

BA said Tehran, which had not been visited by the British flag carrier after 2012, represented an “important destination” for the airline. The blurb on its website says of the city: “Tehran is a bustling metropolis with a large, friendly population. Iran is a beautiful place, and Persians are a welcoming and hospitable people, with an ancient culture and rich heritage that deserves to be explored.”

By Hugh Morris.

Full story at The Telegraph.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Three affordable US states for South Africans to visit.

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Paint your own Star-Spangled Banner in some of the most affordable states in the USA.

The United States may seem like a long way to travel on holiday, but the sheer array of affordable, and even free, experiences on offer in the US make it a value-for-money option for South African travellers who are keen to explore its epic natural landscapes and fascinating history.

“Once you’ve purchased that air ticket, it really is plain sailing once you’re in the States,” explains Theresa Szejwallo, Trafalgar South Africa MD.

“The USA prides itself on its diversity and although the dollar-rand exchange rate may frighten South African travellers, I can assure you that it’s certainly one of the most affordable destinations for South Africans to visit because of that diversity.”
Szejwallo highlights the array of national parks and monuments dotted throughout the countryside as examples of the destination’s affordability.

By Caryn Edwards.

Full story at The South African.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

You Can Now Book Your Travel Plans Through Instagram.

Photo by Jakob Owens/Unsplash.
The photo-sharing platform announced new action buttons that let users make bookings, purchases, and reservations directly through the app.

Instagram provides a wealth of travel inspiration for the service’s 500 million daily active users. Now, the photo-sharing service is rolling out a series of new tools that will make it easier than ever for users to not just discover destinations that pique their interests, but to actually book visits to those places as well.

On May 8, Instagram announced new action buttons on business profiles that will allow users to “book,” “get tickets,” “reserve,” or “start order”—all without ever leaving the app. (Yes, that means you can make a dinner reservation or buy event tickets straight from a business profile then continue scrolling through your feed.)

To provide these new options, the Facebook-owned company is partnering with several third-party services, including GrubHub, Eventbrite, OpenTable, SevenRooms, Fandango, Yelp Reservations, and others.

By Sarah Buder.

Full story at Afar.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

5 things you need to know before traveling to North Korea.

Tourists pose for a group photo before statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang in July 2017. (AFP/Ed Jones)

While the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea, is open to tourism, like any other country, travelers must be aware of rules and regulations imposed in its territory. has compiled a list of things to be aware of before visiting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

1. Only cash transactions accepted
When visiting North Korea, be mindful of the currency you carry. The country only accepts cash transactions in euros, US dollars, Chinese yuan or the North Korean Won, also known as the Korean People's Won (KPW). 

There are no ATMs, and credit cards are not valid for transactions in North Korea. Coins of US dollars and Yuan are also not acceptable. North Korea does not limit the amount of cash travelers bring into the country.

2. Can you bring a mobile phone?
Since 2013, North Korea allows tourists to bring mobile phones. However, a local SIM card must be used to make calls, since no foreign SIM card works in the country.

Moreover, the local SIM cards made available for visitors also differ from those used by North Korean residents. Visitors cannot make calls to local numbers.

Full story at The Jakarta Post.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Southern Rail: Wrong Kind of Bank Holiday Weather Triggers Chaos at Gatwick.

'It is a May bank holiday. People want to go to London, people want to go to Brighton. It’s not rocket science,' said passenger Laura Paterson.

Southern Rail is under attack again for failing to cope with long-planned Network Rail engineering work which closed the London-Brighton main line just south of Gatwick. 

Thousands of passengers heading from the capital to the south coast to enjoy the sunny weather faced waits of up to two hours for replacement buses.

As crowds built up at Britain’s second-busiest airport, Southern Rail, which runs trains on the main line from London Victoria to Brighton, told passengers: “It is strongly advised to not travel towards Brighton today.”

By Simon Calder.
Full story at Independent.