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Last year, Lufthansa and Munich Airport welcomed over 30 million passengers to Terminal 2. To be more precise, 30.6 million passengers used the terminal for their travel needs in 2017, an increase of 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.

Wilken Bormann, CEO Hub Munich, and Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh both agree: “The numbers show how popular Terminal 2 is with our passengers: a five-star airline and a five-star airport. Together, we offer our customers a 10-star product, translating to outstanding quality on the ground and on board. Munich is the only airport in all of Europe with this rare combination.”

Borman and Kerkloh are certain that this positive trend will also continue in 2018. As of March 25, Lufthansa will will have five A380 aircraft based in Munich and will be serving the destinations Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing in its summer flight schedule. Two days later, a Lufthansa A350 will take off for its first flight from Munich to Singapore. Eurowings also has plans for additional growth in Munich.

Munich’s airport was already named Europe’s first “5-Star Airport” by London-based ratings agency Skytrax in 2015. In December 2017, Lufthansa joined them as the only European 5-star airline when they received the highest level of quality certification in international aviation from Skytrax. Another world best: Terminal 2, along with the Terminal 2 Satellite, which are operated jointly by the two companies, received a special award in March 2017: They were voted World’s Best Airport Terminal at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Merlin Annual Pass is offering families the chance to bag the ultimate bargain - 52 weeks of family fun from just £109 per person! This is the BEST price for 2018 and an amazing offer that nobody should miss out on.

At an average cost of £13 per visit, the Merlin Annual Pass is one of the best value leisure tickets on the market. It opens the door to 32 magical worlds across the UK, so wherever you live, you’re guaranteed to have the ultimate passport to fun!

And there’s more! This is the year to make the magic happen as Merlin welcomes some exciting new additions for 2018. Alton Towers Resort will launch its brand new attraction, Wicker Man, the world’s first rollercoaster experience fusing wood and fire, and Chessington World of Adventures Resort will welcome a family of four endangered Amur Tigers, as part of its much anticipated log flume, Land of the Tiger!

As the January blues settle in and the weather gets wetter our minds turn to travel. Maybe one of your resolutions is to travel more this year, and who better to join you on your adventures than your canine companion.

Taking your dog travelling with you is a great idea but there are a few important things to remember when taking your pet pooch somewhere new.

As part of their ongoing “Happy Dogs, Happy Days” campaign, Lintbells, manufacturers of premium pet supplement YuCALM Dog, works with dog behavioural expert Dr. Emily Blackwell to offer owners some helpful tips and advice on how to keep their dogs happy and calm when visiting new places this year.

Dr Blackwell said: “The new year is a time for planning for lots of people. Whether your plans for 2018 involve moving house, going on a holiday or a day trip, or visiting friends and family a change in environment or routine can be stressful for some dogs. However there are a number of helpful tips you can do to help your dog settle in to somewhere new.

Smell

“Wherever you and your pooch are heading to in 2018 take their own bed, blanket and toys and anything else that may contain a familiar scent, this will help to create a consistent environment and will be reassuring to your dog.

Doggie Supplies

“It is also important to pack enough of your dog’s routine medication or supplements to last the whole trip, along with their usual food. And try to stick to their usual feeding times.

Plan ahead

“Before setting off to explore somewhere new make sure you check out potential dog walking places on the way and in the area of your destination -  it is important your dog still gets regular exercise while you are away. Also ensure your dog is wearing a tag with up-to-date contact details, in case they run off and are in an unfamiliar place.

Time

“Try to always allow your dog time to settle in and start with very brief separations, as they may find it distressing being left alone somewhere new. Also remember that your dog may encounter lots of things they may have not seen before, such as babies, livestock, traffic noises and this could cause stress. Try and gradually introduce them to these things, from a distance and associate them with something nice by rewarding them.

Supplement

“If your dog tends to be unsettled in new places you could consider using a natural calming supplement to help them relax more quickly in their new surroundings.”

A new initiative promoting car-free travel to visitor attractions and venues in the UK, has been launched with an easy-to-use website aimed at helping travellers plan days-out without needing a car.

Good Journey shows visitors how to get to the UK's best attractions including arts centres, historic houses, museums and zoos - by train, bus, bike and by foot from anywhere in the UK. The new website offers step-by-step travel directions to the attractions and discounts of up to 50% for visitors who arrive via public transport, pedal power or on their own two feet. The website also features inviting itineraries to help visitors get the most from their day - ranging from the cultural capital of Edinburgh to Suffolk's secret Shotley Peninsular.

Good Journey's mission is to encourage both tourists and UK residents to enjoy the UK's best-loved attractions and landscapes, and enjoy the journey getting there. The initiative is supported by leading UK transport and conservation groups including the Campaign for Better Transport, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Cycling UK and Living Streets.

Nat Taplin, founder and director of Good Journey said, “One in four UK households don't own a car. Good Journey is all about opening up access to leisure, culture and the countryside for everyone. We also believe that you see more when you travel car-free and get a real flavour of the places you're visiting. The journey is time to relax – take in the view, sip a coffee, read a book, have a snooze – you can't do that while driving!”

Participating attractions are awarded the Good Journey Mark for welcoming car-free visitors.

With breath-taking views by day, big-sky sunsets and after dark, a carpet of twinkling lights below, a flight on the British Airways i360 pod with the one you love is a moving experience.
  • Valentine's Day Flights Love is in the air this Valentine's Day, so share a magical moment with the one you love at 450ft, looking out at the twinkling lights of Brighton and the south coast below. Price includes a glass of rosé Nyetimber sparkling wine per person from the Sky Bar on board the pod and a box of chocolates per couple.
  • Drag me up! Valentine's Day Drag Queen Flight Enjoy a fun and raucous alternative Valentine's celebration with a hilarious drag act on the pod from renowned cabaret artist Dave Lynn, during an extended 45-minute pod flight. Includes a glass of award-winning Nyetimber sparkling wine per person.
  • “Marry Me” Proposal Package Start your future together looking out at the distant horizon from 450ft, across the sea, the South Downs National Park and the beautiful Sussex coastline. The “Marry Me” proposal package includes two flights on the British Airways i360 pod at a time of your choosing, a bottle of local award-winning Nyetimber sparkling wine, half a dozen red roses and some chocolates.

VisitEngland has launched a digital campaign to promote round-the-clock activities and experiences across the UK, encouraging Brits to beat the January blues by taking a holiday at home.

The ‘24 Hours in the UK’ series of films, launched by VisitEngland and the tourism organisations of London, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, showcase activities across the UK throughout a 24-hour period.

As well as inspiring Brits to take a holiday at home, the campaign is asking people to vote for their favourite moment from the trips with the top five to be announced in the coming weeks.

Part of VisitEngland’s 2018 campaign ‘Join the World - Discover the UK’, the 24 short films by UK and international Instagrammers and bloggers, being released hourly throughout the day.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said:

“From a street art tour in Bristol to early morning surfing at Scarborough in Yorkshire, from a torch-lit tour of the Roman Baths to exploring the wilds of Hampstead Heath in London, this campaign shows that England is bursting with activity not only round-the-clock but year-round, with experiences to suit all interests and ages.

“With many of us looking for travel inspiration to beat the winter blues, these snapshots of destinations across the country will get Brits booking mood-boosting experiences, and exploring more of the country, boosting growth from tourism.”

Latest official statistics show that more people are taking holidays at home and they are spending more too. From January to September 2017 Brits took 47 million domestic holidays in Great Britain, spending £11 billion, an increase of 5% and 6% respectively on the first nine months of the previous year.