Travel headlines from around the Globe – Feb 2018

Although Cuba has reported a record of about 4.7 million international travelers, including around 620,000 American tourists in 2017, in the last months travels from the United States to the island have diminished….

The Turkish tourism industry has had a hard time in recent year. Especially numbers from the most important source market – Russia – decreased significantly. In 2017, however, there was an apparent turnaround.

European cities are trying to tackle the issue of Airbnb and its lack of regulation. Eight cities are planning to write to the European Commission in view of improving the rules for the renting platform.

The increasingly common plan to visit a city with the excuse of attending a sport event means business. International sports tourism in Spain produced more than 12,000 million euros in 2017, at a time when the country…

Chile is set to establish a network of 4.5 million hectares of nature parks in Patagonia, in order to protect and preserve the ecosystem and promote tourism in that area, according to a decree signed by President…

Mexican tourism contributes 8.5% to GDP and generates more than 9 million jobs in the country. The recent earthquake is feared to substantially affect the sector. The first reports are quite negative.

Rio de Janeiro is currently facing a major fiscal and economic crisis, having to endure issues with public safety. The federal government announced a set of measures to boost Rio tourism so that the city becomes…

Travel insurance is a the bottom of the list for UK travellers

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO} has warned holidaymakers and the over 65s from the UK to make sure they have the correct travel insurance in place when considering their trips.

New research from the FCO shows that UK travellers shows that travel insurance is a the bottom of the list when it comes to travellers concerns below getting to the airport, airport security and the wait at the luggage carousel.

The research also shows that 72% of people over the age of 55 intend to travel abroad next year and approximately half of these have a pre-existing medical condition. With the cost of travel insurance the most important factor in the decision to purchase travel insurance according to the research, it also finds that 1 in 20 people have deliberately withheld details of a pre-existing medical condition in order to secure a lower price for the cover.

Many travellers rely upon the EHIC which provides medical care in the member states of the EEA but the level of state provided healthcare varies from member state to member state and the scheme does not include repatriation or additional accommodation costs.

The FCO is concerned about the take up of travel insurance and people travelling without an appropriate level of cover or with a policy that may not be arranged on the correct basis and has provided some examples of the cost of medical treatment abroad

stroke or heart attack repatriation – from £15,000 for an air ambulance in France to £90,000 for an air ambulance in the US

fractured hip – from £15,000 in Spain to £80,000 for an air ambulance in Thailand or the US

fractured arm – from £1,000 in France and Spain to £7,000 in the US

ear infection – from £500 in France to £2,000 in the US

The FCO has issued the following guidance to people travelling with a pre-existing medical condition answer questions about their medical history fully and honestly
read policy documents carefully, including the small print, so that you understand what you are and are not covered for
think about the destination you are travelling to – the price of medical care can vary from country to country, which will be reflected in the price of insurance think about using specialist travel insurance or brokers
where relevant, think hard about whether choosing a policy that excludes treatment related to your condition(s) is safe, even if it is cheaper.

Insurance for a Thailand Holiday

By Anthony Page

More British tourists head for Thailand’s beaches than many comparable European destinations. The long haul flight from London to Bangkok will be at least 11 hours (many more if you have to connect enroute). Despite the long travel time, us Brits love Thailand and the love affair with this Southeast Asian nation is likely to endure.

There is a darker side to travel in Thailand. More British citizens end up losing their lives in Thailand compared to most other holiday destinations. Along with the unfortunate death statistics, many Britons end up in Thai hospitals as a result of an accident or drinking too much.

Many tourists in Thailand like to hire motorbikes and will often drive around islands such as Phuket wearing no helmet (and sometimes under the influence of alcohol too). The statistics for road accidents in Thailand is shocking. We’d advise against riding motorbikes, full stop.

So what would be our number one piece of advice for visiting Thailand? Ensure you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance. The cost of buying some noodles or a Chang beer might be cheap, but any treatment in Thailand’s international hospitals certainly won’t be.

If you are admitted to a Thai hospital then one of the first requirements will be to hand over a substantial amount of cash to cover your expenses. There is a reason why Thai hospitals have ATMs installed in their accident and emergency rooms.

This amount of money will vary from hospital to hospital. If you are not covered by travel insurance then you will not see this money again. If your condition is severe than hospital fees can run into tens of thousands of pounds.

Don’t let the statistic put you off holidaying in Thailand. As the UK FCO says, most visits to Thailand are trouble free, just make sure you have good quality travel cover. Not having insurance in Thailand could be life changing.


Travel Insurance for Turkey

Introduction to Turkey and Holiday Insurance

Turkey is a very popualar holiday destination for Brits and offers a long sunny season from around April to October. It is essential to take out travel insurance for Turkey. Do not leave home without it would be our advice.

Turkey of course is often in the news for the wrong reasons, terrorist attacks have become all too common, and while most attacks happen in the larger cities, holiday makers should show be cautious throughout the country and tourist resort.

Holiday Insurance for Turkey

Listed below are some of the best travel insurance for Turkey and the Turkish resorts.


jet2 Jet 2 Travel Insurance
With single trip insurance you can have complete peace of mind for the duration of your holiday, from 3 days to 3 weeks or more!
Medical Emergency & Repatriation (up to £10,000,000), Cancellation, Curtailment & Trip Interruption (up to £3,500)
Example Quote* – £22.10 (Standard LONG STAY Single Trip)
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get going insure Get Going Travel Insurance
As specialists in medical travel insurance, they understand the difficulties of finding the right medical travel insurance cover at the right price. When you have an existing medical condition, whether it is asthma, high blood pressure or something more serious like cancer, they can provide peace of mind and cover
Example Quote* – £29.88 (Get Going Standard Single Trip)
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insure for Insure for Insurance Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
With just under 10 years specialist experience under their belts, no other insurance company is better placed to offer you great quality UK, European and Worldwide cover, supported by great value family discounts, including FREE COVER FOR KIDS.
Example Quote* – £27.53 (Budget Trip)

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avanti Avanti Insurance Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
Repatriation is included under the Medical Expenses section of the policy. If you need to be repatriated back to the UK please make sure that you contact their 24 hour medical emergency assistance
– Cover most pre-existing medical conditions.
– Covers any age
Example Quote* – £27.53 (Budget Trip)

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just travel Just Travel Cover (NO AGE LIMITS) Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
Just travel have developed travel insurance with cover for pre-existing medical conditions and travel insurance with no age limit, suitable for travellers over 65.
– Travel insurance cover for single trips up to 183 days
– Travel insurance cover for cancellation
– Provide cover for most medical conditions and there are no age limits
Example Quote* – £20.24 (Beyond Travel Silver)

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lv insurance LV Travel Insurance (no age limits)
Choose from either Essential or our 5 Star Defaqto rated Premier cover which offers: Up to £10,000 cancellation cover for illness, All pre-existing medical conditions considered, No upper age limit for single trips, Cruise cover automatically included on annual policies, You can choose to add cover for baggage and winter sports and we also have cover for cruises.
10% online discount on LV= Travel insurance

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Columbus Columbus Direct Insurance Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
For single trip, annual multi trip, ski, backpacker, business, holiday, family, or even pre-existing medical travel insurance, you can get an instant quote and be covered immediately!
– Cover available for pre-existing medical conditions
– Up to £2,500 baggage cover including valuable and delayed baggage

Example Quote* – £26.55 (Bronze Single Trip)
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flexi Flexi Cover Insurance Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
Up to £250 total valuables limit to replace your stolen or damaged items and cover your watches and sunglasses
– Single Trip & Annual Multi-trip policies to age 85
Optional cover for over 2,000 medical conditions Independent travel on annual policies
Example Quote* – £27.21 (Silver Single Trip)

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explorer Explorer Insurance Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
Up to £250 total valuables limit to replace your stolen or damaged items and cover your watches and sunglasses
£5 million medical expenses cover
£5,000 holiday cancellation cover
Kids go FREE on family policies
Example Quote* – £27.49 (ES Single Trip Plus)

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Goodtogo Good to Go Single Trip to Multiple Destinations provides travel insurance cover to travellers of any age, with or without pre existing medical conditions. They can also cover your travelling companions on the same policy.
– Pre existing conditons such as Cancer, Heart Conditions, Diabetes, Stroke, Epilepsy and many more
– Single trip and annual travel insurance with no age limit
– Three levels of travel insurance cover available

Example Quote* – £27.34 (Silver Policy)
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John Lewis Travel John Lewis Travel Insurance (NO AGE LIMITS) Single Trip to Multiple Destinations
Optional Independent Traveller Insurance to provide cover when individual elements of a trip are booked separately, rather than as part of a package. This enhancement also provides cover for flights cancelled or delayed as a result of travel disruption caused by a volcano.
– No wardrobe worries – up to £2,500 for lost luggage
– Loss or theft of your passport covered as standard
– Travel cover for up to six months
Example Quote* – £29.00 (Plus Policy)
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Over 59s Saga Saga Travel Insurance (NO AGE LIMITS)
For weekend breaks to one year trips Cruise cover provided as standard!
– Cover most pre-existing medical conditions.
– Covers any age
Example Quote* – £22.56 (Saga Single Trip)

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Latest prices for travel insurance over 80

Here is a list of the latest travel insurance insurance quotes for those over 85. These quotes are based on older people from the UK travellng to Spain for a two week holiday on the Med. These pricess are current as of March 2017. These quotes are from numerous travel insurance providers who provide cover for UK citizens.

Insurance 4 med  750  3,000,000  68.04
 Good to Go Insurance  0  10,000,000  68.82
 Jet 2 Insurance  750 5,000,000  57.00
 Insure for  1000  10,000,000  93.35
 Get Going  0  10,000,000  44.04
 Alpha Travel Insurance  1000 10,000,000  28.38
 Columbus  0  5,000,000  76.96
 SAGA  5000  10,000,000  50.35
 Just Travel Cover  500  5,000,000  30.90
Explorer  1500  5,000,000  50.64
 Avanti  1000  5,000,000  80.87
 LV Insurance  0  10,000,000  96.00
 Debenhams 1000  10,000,000  98.78

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Most people associate China with the Chinese Empire and its majestic historical monuments such as the Great Wall of China or structures like the Terracotta Army. However, there is much more to China than its incredible historical and cultural heritage. The world’s tallest bridge has just been inaugurated, besides the largest radio telescope as well as the largest boat lift. Let’s have a look at the most fascinating attractions in China, the best engineering works that amaze the planet.


Venice and Italy as a whole are suffering from uncontrolled flows of tourists. The municipalities benefit from growing tourism financially, but not in terms of cultural heritage. Italian urban, artistic and cultural heritage is on the verge of a collapse. Venice is the symbol of the critical situation. The collapse began here and now tourism is the biggest danger for the future of the city.


In 2016, tourism in Mexico reached a new record as to the number of foreign tourists as well as the amount of tourism revenue. The tourism data has increased by 20% during the four-year term of the current administration.
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Latest Travel News from around the Globe


With a view of boosting tourism in Argentina and revitalising the local hospitality sector, the government presented the official plan for a VAT refund on accommodation services for tourists coming from overseas.

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The promotion of Slovakian tourism destinations will have to cope with lower budget. The draft budget of the state for the next year suggests lower amount of money for tourism marketing. The Transport Ministry responsible for Slovakian tourism hopes that the draft budget will be reviewed.
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A recent study revealed that the duration of snow covering Switzerland declined significantly in recent decades. The main reason for shorter winter season is late snowfall and earlier snow melting in the spring.
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Spain received more than 52.5 million foreign tourists in the first eight months of the year, representing an increase of 10.1% over the same period of 2015, according to the Survey of Tourist Traffic in Frontera (Frontur) released by the National Statistics Institute (INE).


More Brits will be heading to Spain this summer

Spain has always been a hugely popular destination for Brits, and with the ever weakening Euro and troubled times for some of it’s competitors, e.g. Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, then it’s soaring popularity is no real surprise.


Why will Spain continue to be ever popular with Brits?

Well, as highlighted above, there are a number of core reasons why Spain is going to see even more British tourists.


It’s probably fair to say that anywhere can be the target of terrorists, indeed Spain itself has suffered in recent times, with the Madrid bombing. What can not be ignored is that some countries have an ongoing problem with safety and security, particularly Turkey and Egypt, which are traditional competitors to Spain for tourists.

Sadly for countries like Turkey and Egypt, the immediate future doesn’t look too good, and some airlines have even stopped flying to certain destinations.

All this uncertainty has meant that countries such as Spain, and to a lesser extent France, are now benefiting from other countries issues.


The Euro has been under some pressure recently, and the outlook isn’t too great for the single currency, which means it is likely to weaken over 2016. If you are coming from a non Euro country, then this is good news, because your money will go a lot further.

Consider that on the Costa Del Sol, it’s still possible to buy a beer for one Euro! That’s around 80p, well under a £, and cheaper than even countries such as Thailand, where a beer will set you back over £2.

Safety and money are two of the most important things for anyone planning a holiday, so it’s no surprise countries like Spain are going to prosper.

Just make sure you take out good travel insurance, your Ehic card will not be enough on it’s own!