Our intrepid Editor at Large, Jeff Mills, lists Venice as one of his favourite cities.  You can drive, take the Orient Express, fly, but the best way is on an Ocean liner, seen here the Queen Elizabeth in the Lagoon.  Visit ON TOUR in BTN for his full review.

Gatwick plots ahead

London Gatwick Airport has announced a £465.5m loss for 2020.  But not all is doom and gloom. The road and rail connections are getting better and better, whilst easyJet plans an expanded summer programe. ASPIRE has lounges in both terminals.  Read on from BTN 


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Edinburgh Festivals 2021

It may surprise readers but the Edinburgh Festival is not just one occasion but a whole series of interlinked events that  stretches from May until Hogmanay.

Subject to any rules laid down by the Scottish government the opening event at the end of May is the Children’s Festival covering the half-term, followed by the Edinburgh International Film Festival (June), and then the Science event at the end of that month.  If all goes well it is Jazz & Blues in the middle of July, supporting the main Festival and the Fringe in August.  The Book Festival is in the second half of August and October sees the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.  Edinburgh's Hogmanay traditionally starts 30 December.  Keep up  to date with the latest news on the Festivals' website.


No decision has been taken with the reintroduction of the UK Aspire lounges and both Schiphol facilities, Helsinki and the Larnaca Aphrodite lounges remain open.  If you have signed up for the Aspire newsletter you will be the first to hear and Business Travel News readers likewise.  TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE will also be updated. Here are the subscription pages on their websites.  ASPIRE  and  BTN.

With the mention of the Edinburgh Festivals in this issue here is an image of the Edinburgh Airport Aspire lounge, with the A in the design.



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Vaccine Passports

Call it what you like but some kind of vaccine international passport is inevitable if you want to travel abroad in the future, and be made welcome.  We have lived for long without too much fuss with inoculation for typhoid, yellow fever and measles etc.  Covid-19 is the next on the list and instead of it being on a piece of paper it will be on some kind of personal App.  It comes down to who supplies the software.  For the time being the government foreign travel advice is the best source of information, always up to date.

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