Vietnam addition from Thomson and First Choice

Vietnam addition from Thomson and First Choice

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:00

Thomson an...

Ranch Rider adds authentic Arizona ranch for next year

Ranch Rider adds authentic Arizona ranch…

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:00

Keen to expand on its portfolio of authentic US ranches, Ranch Rider will be introducing Arizona’s Hideout Working Ranch in its 2017 brochure, which is situated near Portal near the...

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles flights

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles…

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:00

Qatar Airways will provide UK holidaymakers with greater access to the Seychelles from December 12 when it launches daily flights via Doha.

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

HF Holidays is promoting a selection of winter getaway including a Christmas Craft Weekend at Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales, Festive Walking At Dovedale, A Seasonal Stay at Malhamdale in...

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sale

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sa…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:00

Flybe has put more early release routes on sale as part of its preliminary summer 2017 schedule.

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Su…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade pla…

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

“My accommodation was wonderful, but I have to complain about the beach changing size every day. We didn’t know where to lay our towels.” As office manager of a holiday letting agency, I can fix a lot of things in my job, but sadly not even I can stop the tide!

People’s expectations of what to expect on holiday vary enormously. We have spent many happy hours at work debating whether the outlook from a particular property should be described as a ‘sea view’ or a ‘sea glimpse’. In the estuary areas where the tidal range is quite high, the sea can disappear altogether some times only to reappear almost on your doorstep later in the day! Then in the summer, luxuriant foliage can totally obscure what in winter is the most stunning coastal view –which reminds me of the visitor who wanted to know (several months in advance of his holiday) exactly where the sun would be when he sipped his chilled Chablis at half past seven in the evening. Erm, sun? In August? Please correct me, but haven’t the last three or four years produced an overcast school summer holiday period at best with the sun coming out in all its magnificence only when the children went back to school? You’ll be lucky to sit outside on your waterfront deck with a sou' wester, wellies and a mug of hot Bovril sir never mind a glass of wine admiring the sun set!

This leads to my soap box topic as the main high season weeks are behind us and our visitors head up country with their buckets and boogie boards – property abuse!

I am full of understanding for families who have spent hours on the road with over-excited, car-sick children who have been up since the early hours and parents who work every hour available and are really in need of their holiday; they are such different, chilled-out people at the end of the stay and most return year after year for their Cornish R & R. However I have little sympathy with those visitors who leave their common sense on the border and allow their offspring to do things to holiday cottages that sometimes beggars belief.

Most year-round residents are happy to share our lovely county with visitors as the peak season is usually over before it’s begun, however when the noise level is persistent over a period of time, some will approach me and ask if there’s anything I can do. As a kind of tourism arbitration service, I will make a “courtesy” call to the visitor at their holiday home and enquire if they are having a good time but ask if they would mind being sympathetic to the local neighbours who may be working long hours and need their beauty sleep.

On the flip side of the coin, there is a minority of ‘Victor Meldrews’ who seem to actively resent anyone else coming to Cornwall (they are usually blown-ins themselves). My favourite telephone call regarding a so-called rave turned out to be an 80th birthday party. I put the phone down full of admiration for this troop of cheery octogenarians and only hope that in my grandadolescence  I am able to have so much fun on my 80th birthday that someone complains about me!


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