Category: John Guinn Travel Show

St Helena

I had been trying to get a guest to talk about St Helena for ages. But it was worth the wait as my expert guest was Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE. She is the St Helena’s Government’s elected UK Representative. She was awarded her MBE in  2009. She was elected as President of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Executive Committee earlier this year. Kedell Worboys MBE Kedell started working for SHG in 1981 as a Trainee Clerk in the Audit Department. She moved to the Treasury in 1987 and 1989 was promoted to Chief Clerk in the Development and Economic...

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Miami – Travel Show

Miami This week’s show features Miami. My guest Guillaume Post will tell us all about this city. One tip details a cheaper flight to Fort Lauderdale from Gatwick. We will also find out about the various beaches and areas, as well as finding out of it is a family friendly destination. Fancy shopping? then why not try here instead of New York? As always I struggle to pronounce certain words, so listen out for those too. For more information visit the Tourist Office website...

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Hungarian Wine and Manitoba – Travel Show

Secret Vineyards (Hungarian Wine) and Manitoba This week’s show features Hungarian wine and the Canadian province of Manitoba. To be honest I never knew that Hungarian wine existed. That was until a few months ago when I met Lee Melville and Tamas Sandor. Their company has tours to Hungary to sample the various wines produced around the country. There is also the chance to eat some great food too. As guests on this week’s show they tell us more about Hungarian wine and their tour company, Secret Vineyards. Manitoba Fairly easy to get too and rarely visited, the province of Manitoba is famous for its polar bears. Like Africa, Manitoba has a ‘Big 5’ wildlife list. My second guest, Guillaume Post, tells us which animals make this list and what else there is to see and do in this central Canadian province. You will also find out about Winnie the Pooh as well…....

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Abu Dhabi and Botswana – Travel Show

Botswana and Abu Dhabi This week I talk about Botswana and Abu Dhabi. My first guest is Nabeel Al Zaroni, from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority. He will talk about what to see and do there. Dawn Parr who represents the Botswana tourist department in the UK tells us why this is an exclusive African destination. Travel news includes Heathrow and Gatwick airports little tiff over a support group....

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Washington State – Travel Show

Washington State This show is a special on Washington State, in the USA. I guess most people you are too young to remember Mount St Helens erupting only know this part of the USA because they have seen Twilight. There is more to the state than rain and sulky teenagers, as you will discover by listening to my podcast. My guest is Guillaume Post, from First Public Relations, who represents this part of the USA in the UK. He tells us how to get there, how to get around and what to see and do. So if you want...

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Serbia and Sonia Gil – Travel Show

Serbia2> My wife has just spent a weekend in Belgrade, Serbia. I wasn’t able to join her on her conference. But the next best thing is to have Russell Stenhouse, who represents the Serbian Tourist Office in London, tell us all we need to know about visiting this country. I should have paid more attention to her trip as we now have a load of Dinaras we can’t exchange. Sonia Gil There are plenty of travel gurus on the internet (it’s not just me!), and one of my favourite is Sonia Gil. Her weekly entertaining video give tips on how to travel and where to go. Sonia explains why she does these videos,    talks about her language training company and Miami Beach. In travel news I saw “each people” instead of “each person”, so listen out for that… All on the John Guinn Travel Show, where every week I’m checking it out before you check in....

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Travel Show – Harley Davidson and London Helicopter Tours

Harley Davison Motorcycles My guests this week have different modes of transport, but I believe that the experiences from using both of them are quite similar. My first two guests were recorded at the World Travel Market in London. Lisa Remby talks about the history of Harley Davidson motorcycles (and the museum), while Trevor Barton explains the various Harley Davidson touring holidays on offer. London Helicopter Chris Mann, from London Helicopter, tells us his favourite part of flying along the Thames and the different flights on offer. There is a packed travel news section including stories about a passenger trying to open the emergency door and a trial of a new liquid testing machine at airports. All on the John Guinn Travel Show, where every week I’m checking it out before you check in....

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Travel Show – YHA (England and Wales)

YHA Back in my day this was known as the Youth Hostels Association. But now it’s YHA (England and Wales). But as a kind of rebrand it’s definitely YHA from now on. I stayed in one a long time ago when I was a scout and as I got older they slipped off my radar. This was a mistake as even someone as old as me can stay in one. The hostels aren’t all in the middle of nowhere, there are some in cities. So if you are on a training course perhaps you should consider staying in a hostel, not just to save money, but to be somewhere which isn’t a bland hotel chain. Youth Hostels My guest is Caroline White, the CEO of the Youth Hostel Association. Caroline talks us through the history of youth hostels in general and about those in England and Wales in particular. Find out what big decision had to be made about the guests’ comfort and why you should consider staying in a hostel instead of using one of the chain hotels dotted throughout the UK. www.yha.orh.uk Travel News Also travel news covers a story that could be quite handy for me in the run up to Christmas as well as other air passengers who suffered with delayed flights. That’s all on the John Guinn Travel Show, where I check it out...

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Travel Show – Illinois

What is the capital city of Illinois? If I was to ask you what the capital of Illinois is, what would be your answer? Check if you are correct by listening to this week’s show. My guest is Baha Green from the UK office for the Illinois tourist department. Baha explains what we can see and do while on a trip there. And also tells us the capital of Illinois. For more info visit www.enjoyillinois.com and www.discoverillinois.org Thelma and Louise Also I have a feature on www.thelmaandlouise.com. This is a website for women to find travel companions or travel ideas. After speaking to Christine who is one of the website’s founders, there seems to be some partying too. That’s all on the John Guinn Travel Show, where each week I’m checking it out before you check in....

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Travel Show – Malta

Malta Fireworks remind me of my childhood. I remember standing out in the cold while my dad lights a few fireworks while I’m writing swearwords with my sparklers. Having fireworks on a night in November doesn’t make much sense to me. The Maltese, however, have got it right. They wait until the end of April for their fireworks. Not only that, they don’t rely on a small box purchased from the local corner shop. No, they have an international fireworks competition. The annual Malta International Fireworks Festival is held at the end of April and is spread over a few days at locations around Malta. The 2014 Grand Finale was held in Valletta. This free event sees fireworks companies from around the world competing with the some of the best Maltese pyrotechnic experts. The use of fireworks in Malta goes back to the Order of the Knights of St John, who used pyrotechnic displays to celebrate feasts and other special occasions. As well as something to go ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ over, they also gave Malta the eight-pointed Maltese Cross. Each point denotes one of the eight obligations of the knights. These are “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure persecution”. I guess that they couldn’t fit in a point for pyrotechnics. Maltese...

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