Exeter Airport announces Exeter-Belfast City Airport route

Exeter Airport is to see the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from 28 August 2020 it was announced today.

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

The airline will operate up to 4 weekly return flights from Exeter Airport to Belfast City Airport this autumn with fares starting from £34.99 one way including taxes.

This commencement of this new route marks the only flight from Exeter to the island of Ireland with Aer Lingus Regional as a new airline at Exeter Airport.


TUI restarts summer holidays from Exeter Airport

TUI UK today reveals its summer 2020 holiday programme starting on 1 August from Exeter Airport, with flights to Spain, Greece and Turkey.

The UK’s largest holiday company is ready to take people on holiday again to 5 destinations between 1 and 7 August, including Lanzarote, Corfu, Dalaman, Palma and Zakynthos. Heraklion, Paphos and Tenerife will be added to the programme between August and October, with a total of 8 destinations accessible from Exeter by early October.

The first flight to depart Exeter Airport on 1 August will be to Palma, Majorca at 6:25.


Celebrity chef Michael Caines launches new website inviting holidaymakers to enjoy a Devon staycation

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Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:57am

Holidaymakers looking to spend a summer staycation in Devon will soon find all the information they need at the click of a mouse.

Celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE is spearheading a new initiative which he hopes will encourage those who would usually be planning a foreign break to look closer to home.

His new website, Destination Devon, will feature guides, reviews, tips, advice and a whole host of other information.

Michael has teamed up with publisher Nick Cooper, whose team produce a range of food and drink magazines and websites, including Food Magazine and...

New guidance produced for visitors to the South West

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Posted: Sat, 07/04/2020 - 1:12am

Tourism businesses, public health and local authorities from across the South of England have banded together in a broad partnership to produce guidance for visitors about COVID19.

A ‘tourist charter’ has been devised by the group, which is based on the experiences of the Isle of Wight’s recent test and trace pilot.

It gives simple advice to would-be visitors from booking ahead and reading terms and conditions, items to pack and things to avoid in light of the pandemic.

To complement this, a poster has also been produced for accommodation providers, that sets...

Travel influencers should stick to low-cost staycations, says expert

Social media influencers must place more emphasis on promoting affordable staycations in place of extravagant holidays abroad to help curb climate change, experts advise.

According to EU recommendations, the maximum amount of CO2 that can be generated per person from flying is 0.6 tonnes. However, the average person currently generates 8.4 tonnes of carbon emissions each year - exceeding the target level 14 times over.

Air travel is detrimental to the environment now more than ever as the number of airline passengers worldwide has doubled over the past two decades. This...

Your holiday is on us, Devon park tells crisis heroes

Seventy-five nights of happy holidays have been handed to NHS workers by Devon's Ladram Bay Holiday Park as a "thank you" for their dedication and bravery.

The family business said it wanted to give away a free night's stay for every one of the past 75 years it has been welcoming guests to its seaside park in Budleigh Salterton.

It means that when the park is allowed to re-open, NHS staff and their families will enjoy no-cost holidays both at Ladram Bay and its nearby sister park Castle Brake.

The breaks include stays in luxury holiday homes, chic glamping...

Stay away from Devon says county council

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Posted: Wed, 04/08/2020 - 6:24pm

Devon County Council has sent an all-party message to holidaymakers and second home owners: Stay away from the South West during the current crisis.

And the council is calling for much tougher penalties to be imposed on people who flout the rules.

Council leader John Hart said he was planning to meet the leaders and chief executives of all Devon's district councils to discuss co-ordinated enforcement action against holiday providers who continue to take bookings.

"As we head to Easter, we want to send a very clear message to holidaymakers and second home owners...

Devon tourism boost as outdoor accommodation bookings increase by 15%

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Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:25am

Europe’s largest outdoor accommodation provider has revealed that Devon’s caravanning and camping sites saw a 15% increase in bookings in 2019, in comparison to 2018. Devon is now ’s second best selling UK destination behind neighbouring Cornwall, with camping and caravanning bookings through the site bringing in more than £2.8 million to the local economy, equating to a whopping £5.9 million in overall visitor spend [1] .

Lady’s Mile Holiday Park , near Dawlish, topped the UK’s bestseller list. With almost 3,700 bookings made in 2019 equating to a 27%...

Exeter Airport destination, Corfu

Escape to the sun with Exeter Airport

Authored by Jason Clark
Posted: Wed, 02/12/2020 - 9:57am

Holidaymakers longing to escape to the sun have a huge choice of destinations on their doorstep with the launch of Exeter Airport’s annual destination guide.

Fly Exeter 2020 features 36 destinations in 13 countries, with hundreds more worldwide through major hubs including Manchester, Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam.

New for 2020 is the welcome return of the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh, and increased frequency to the Greek islands of Corfu and Zante, and the Antalya region on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, with twice weekly flights.

Countries reached directly from...

Christmas returns to Castle Drogo after 7 years

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:30am

Castle Drogo will be open for Christmas for the first time since a major conservation project began seven years ago to make the building watertight.

Although the building work now has the end in sight, there is still much work to be done to restore the castle’s grounds and interiors back into the Drewe’s family home, which is likely to continue into 2020. However, the building is now watertight, meaning that Christmas can return to the castle once again.

From Saturday 30 November until Monday 23 December, Castle Drogo will be open and decorated for Christmas, inspired by...