Edinburgh (TAN): Visiting Edinburgh could burn a deeper hole in tourists’ pockets very soon, as plans of introducing a tourist tax has won huge support. If implemented, visitors may have to shell out GBP2 per person per night.
In a research conducted by the City of Edinburgh Council, 85 per cent of 2,500 respondents, including over half of accommodation owners, supported the move, media reports said.
The public consultation on Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) proposed a GBP2 or a 2 per cent charge per room, per night on all types of accommodation, on short stays up to seven nights.
December 31 (TravelAndy): Emirates has announced to fly daily to Glasgow from Dubai for a temporary period next year. The airline said the service will be provided between April 16 and May 31, 2019.
Emirates will use Airbus A380 for the flight, marking the aircraft’s first operation on a scheduled basis to Scotland.
The Airbus A380 aircraft will substitute the present double daily service between Dubai and Glasgow by Boeing 777 for a brief period, during which Dubai International Airport’s southern runway could remain shut for development work. Emirates’ decision to replace A380 is to ensure that the airline’s capacity from Glasgow to Dubai is not reduced, which is usually the case during upgrade routines, when single runway operations need airlines to lower and modify their service schedules. Continue reading Emirates to fly daily to Glasgow
December 15 (TravelAndy): You have heard the legend of Robert the Bruce and the spider where the king gets inspired by the tiny arachnid’s persistence.
Scotland’s national tourism organisation has launched an online interactive map highlighting the the historic sites linked with Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Robert the Bruce, hailed as one of the greatest monarchs of Scotland, led the country to its independence from the English crown in the early 14th century. The map is an attempt to aid travellers in unravelling the history behind the King of Scots by following in his footsteps. Continue reading Trace Robert the Bruce sites with interactive map
November 15 (TravelAndy): Scotland’s tourism department is promoting the country as the place to be in 2019 with a host of new openings, festivals, events and anniversaries.
From Edinburgh’sHogmanay to the Glasgow Film Festival, Scotland is no stranger to staging huge international events. 2019 is set to be the year that the country strengthens its reputation as a top event destination as it welcomes the Solheim Cup for the first time, as well as an exciting new TEDSummit.
Read on to discover what’s happening in 2019, the latest food and drink news, impressive hotel openings and exciting new exhibitions to check out during the year ahead. Continue reading Scotland promotes itself as the place to be in 2019
October 21 (TravelAndy): Delta Air Lines will double its flights from Edinburgh next summer by adding a new service to Boston’s Logan International Airport, effective May 24, 2019.
Complementing the airline’s existing daily service to New York-JFK, the seasonal Boston route will offer customers more travel options from Edinburgh to the United States, with two flights every day during the peak summer months.
The new Boston flight will operate in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, significantly boosting the airlines’ network from Scotland. Delta has scheduled a 163-seat Boeing 757-200ER aircraft between Edinburgh and Boston, offering 16 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One business class cabin, in-seat entertainment for every passenger, Wi-Fi access and free mobile messaging. Continue reading Delta set to double flights to Edinburgh
October 4 (TravelAndy): Emirates operated its inaugural flight service between Dubai and Edinburgh on October 1.
The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down in the Scottish capital just before 3pm local time, making Edinburgh the airline’s second destination in Scotland and the eighth in the United Kingdom.
Emirates flight EK023, with a group of VIP guests and media on board, was welcomed by Edinburgh Airport with a water cannon salute.
To celebrate the new service, Emirates and Edinburgh Airport held a launch event hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, UK, alongside Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport. Continue reading Emirates starts Dubai-Edinburgh flight
July 18 (TravelAndy): Breathtaking scenery and landscapes are the prime reasons for people to visit Scotland for the first time, VisitScotland has cited research as saying.
Twitter users, as part of a recent campaign to suggest places for former US First Lady Michelle Obama to visit in Scotland, have suggested several places and activities that could be perfect in the itinerary of a first-time visitor to Scotland.
Here’s a list of to-dos that could you help you plan your first Scottish getaway. Continue reading Recommendations for your first Scotland trip
June 13 (TravelAndy): The first ever direct flight between Scotland and China has landed at Edinburgh Airport.
The four-weekly, year-round service with Hainan Airlines from Beijing Capital International Airport is Scotland’s first connection to the Far East.
It is a major boost for tourism in Scotland and increases business links with the Far East, both of which will benefit the Scottish economy. Continue reading Hainan Airlines operates first direct China-Scotland flight
September 25 (TravelAndy): A hundred and twenty-five years ago the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories was published, and the rest is history.
Saturday, 14 October marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Scotland, as the birthplace of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is the ideal location for following in the famous detective’s footsteps, with dedicated tours as well as the chance to explore Scotland’s wider literary heritage.
In 2004 Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh was designated the first UNESCO City of Literature. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859, the beauty of the city provided the perfect inspiration for his writing. Scotland is also the birthplace of other literary giants such as Irvine Welsh, Robert Burns and Ian Rankin. Continue reading The Scotland of Sherlock Holmes
September 2 (TravelAndy): As Scottish cycling star and ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont passes the 60 day mark of his gruelling record-breaking attempt to cycle around the globe in 80 days and the OVO Energy Tour of Britain kicks off in Edinburgh for the first time on Sunday, VisitScotland takes a look at some of the brilliant cycling events taking place around the country this year.
There are numerous ways to get involved, whether watching and cheering at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain or getting on your own bike at Pedal for Scotland. Scotland is a playground for both mountain bikers and road cyclists alike, with events to suit all ages and disciplines.
Inspired to get on your bike? Here are 5 top cycling events taking place across Scotland this autumn. Continue reading Top five cycling events in Scotland
June 15 (TravelAndy): UAE-based Etihad Airways has launched a daily flight between Abu Dhabi and the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is Etihad’s third flying destination in the UK after Heathrow in London and Manchester. The flight to Abu Dhabi will have 22 business class and 240 economy class seats, the airline said in a statement.
While it will take off from Abu Dhabi at 2.20am and land in Edinburgh at 7.20am, the return flight will take off at 9.10am and reach Abu Dhabi at 7.40pm. All these are local times. Continue reading Etihad starts Abu Dhabi-Edinburgh flight