UK holidays: Margate

The seaside town has reinvented itself with an irresistible blend of the ultra modern and super kitsch, writes Sam Ballard.  Sitting on Kent’s pretty coast, and known colloquially as Shoreditch-on-Sea, Margate is arguably one of…

Spotlight on: Riviera Travel

With a philosophy of simplicity and creating memorable experiences, Riviera is prospering, as MD David Clemson tells Sam Ballard. When it comes to running a tour operator, it’s important to get the basics right. Product,…

Interview: Noel Josephides, ABTA chairman

Anthony Pearce learns of the major changes ABTA has experienced during Noel’s tenure. Even in six years the travel industry has changed a great deal,” Noel Josephides, the outgoing ABTA chairman, tells ABTA Magazine. Noel,…

Check in, switch off: wellness in travel

From yoga-themed cruises to digital-detox retreats, wellness breaks have spawned a multi-billion-pound global industry, reports Karl Cushing. Once the preserve of specialists such as BodyHoliday St Lucia (thebodyholiday.com) and Como (comohotels.com), wellness tourism has smashed…

The hills are alive in summer

Once the preserve of skiers, the mountains are now open to all year-round, writes Nicky Holford. Summer in the Alps has never been busier. Alpine summer holidays used to be a slow burner for sun-starved…

Rio de Janeiro within reach

With Norwegian’s new route from Gatwick means Rio de Janeiro is more accessible than ever, James Litston heads to the home of Carnival to check out its many highlights. Not for nothing is Rio known…

Miyagi, Japan: all you need to know

The facts and figures behind Miyagi, Japan. [su_box title="The ABTA Magazine Guide to Miyagi" box_color="#0073b9"] The ABTA Magazine Guide to Miyagi is produced in association with the Visit Miyagi. Discover a Land of Contrasts in…

24 hours in Matsushima in Miyagi, Japan

After 24 hours in Miyagi, Matsushima, with its tranquil views, isn’t far away. An easy day trip north of Sendai, Matsushima mixes natural beauty and feudal history. Its bay, dotted with pine-clad islets, has been regarded as…