Tokyo travel advice downgraded

The warning of only travelling to Tokyo for essential travel has been downgraded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

After weeks of uncertainty following the earthquake and devastating tsunami that left the Fukushima nuclear plant worryingly close to a nuclear disaster, Japan is now welcoming tourists back.

Last year 8.6million tourists came to Japan, and considering the huge price tag for the series of disasters is thought to be at £122billion, the decision to downgrade is certainly a welcome one. Especially as Spring is a very popular time for tourists wanting to see the beautiful cherry blossom season.

Since the earthquake on March 11th, which subsequently damaged the nuclear reactors and radition appeared to by leaking, the FCO had warned against travel to Tokyo.

Although Tokyo is 130 miles south of Fukushima, it was feared radiation would reach the city.

Due to the destruction to the infrastructure to the north-east of the capital, the FCO is still advising against travel to this area, but Tokyo is now considered safe as long as no further disasters occur at the Fukushima plant.

A statement on the FCO website says: ‘Although the situation at Fukushima will remain of concern for some time, the risks are gradually declining as the reactors cool and as facilities to stabilise them are established.’

However, Britons have been advised to follow ‘precautionary measures’ if radiation levels do increase.

Royal wedding party to be hosted at sea

More than 12,800 Brits will be travelling with P&O Cruises on April 29, meaning the largest collective wedding celebration at sea.


The six ships will be cruising as far apart as the Panama Canal to Palma, the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.


On board each ship, passengers will receive a Royal Wedding invitation in their cabin and the wedding coverage will be broadcast in all possible areas on board, including the SeaScreen giant cinema screen by the pool on Azura.*


Great British sailaway or deck parties will take place throughout the day, with decorations and flags, and evening entertainment will include a Royal Gala Ball and a specially themed quiz. Films shown will have a royal theme, such as The Queen, The King’s Speech and The Princess Diaries for younger cruisers.


P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “The Royal Wedding will have the nation gripped on April 29 and we would like people to celebrate in true P&O Cruises style. We create a sense of occasion better than anyone, and have made sure that the day will be a wonderful celebration for everyone on board.”


The P&O Cruises ships will be in the following locations on April 29:

Arcadia – transit Panama Canal headed towards Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Aurora – crossing the Atlantic from Barbados, next stop Madeira

Azura – alongside in Palma

Oceana – returning to Southampton from Gibraltar

Ventura – alongside in Southampton

Oriana – alongside in Palma

St Ives is voted number one!

St Ives has been ranked as the best British beach resort by holidaymakers.

St Ives in Cornwall was rated top by users of the review website TripAdvisor, and came sixth in their list of top European beach destinations.

It has beaten the likes of Spain, Italy and France, proving that holidaymakers are not always looking for the scorching sunshine you might find abroad.

St Ives not only boasts stunning beaches and some of Britain’s top ranked hotels according to the travel website, it is also home to attractions such as Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum.

Malcolm Bell, head of tourism at VisitCornwall, said: “This award is an amazing testament to the popularity of St Ives which is truly one of the jewels in Cornwall’s crown.

“As well as stunning beaches it has a range of quality accommodation and fantastic attractions making it appeal to visitors of all ages and interests.”

The West Country also scooped the number two spot in the best British list, with Newquay coming in second place.

Bournemouth came third in the poll, with Weymouth and Tenby coming fourth and fifth.

The winners of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beach awards are based on the opinions of visitors who post reviews on the website.
TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma O’Boyle said: “These awards recognise the best beach destinations in Britain and Europe as decided by millions of travelers.
“Vast numbers of Brits jet off to traditional Mediterranean beaches every year, yet a British beach resort has out-classed all its Spanish, French and Italian counterparts in the awards.”

Ayia Napa in Cyprus came top in the European beach destinations, with Greece, Cyprus and Turkey all being in the top five.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in Europe
1. Ayia Napa, Cyprus
2. Skiathos, Greece
3. Protaras, Cyprus
4. Mykonos, Greece
5. Oludeniz, Turkey
6. St Ives, England
7. Alcudia, Balearic Islands, Spain
8. San Vito lo Capo, Sicily, Italy
9. Calvia, Balearic Islands, Spain
10. Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

Top 10 Beach Destinations in the UK
1. St Ives, Cornwall
2. Newquay, Cornwall
3. Bournemouth, Dorset
4. Weymouth, Dorset
5. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
6. St Brelade, Jersey
7. Woolacombe, Devon
8. Padstow, Cornwall
9. Shanklin, Isle of Wight

10. Swanage, Dorset