Travel news in brief

The financial downturn in Greece has brought a surge in bookings as British
travellers take advantage of discounts. In July, bookings with Directline
Holidays for Corfu and Rhodes were, respectively, 21 per cent higher and 5
per cent higher than in July last year. Bookings for Cyprus were up by 28
per cent.

Smoke-free ships

Almost half of cruise ship passengers want smoking on board banned, according
to research by CruiseCompare, a price- comparison website. Of 1,271
cruisers, 48 per cent wanted a complete ban and 11 per cent wanted smoking
confined to designated areas on the ship. More than half of those questioned
were smokers.

Air Berlin routes cut

Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com)
is to scrap several services between Germany and England, and blames the
decision on increases in taxes and fuel prices. Among the services being cut
are London to Munster/Onasbruck, London to Hanover and London and Manchester
to Paderborn.


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