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11. Posted by BrightlyBob (Budding Member 40 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Always ready for a “full pint” of beer, you know that!

And I still entertain hopes of making it over to Seattle at the end of September, although MrsBB thinks I’m barking!

12. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2502 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting BrightlyBob

I still entertain hopes of making it over to Seattle at the end of September

The part of this I struggle to see is the reopening of international travel.

National lockdowns can be eased, but what will persuade governments to open the border and risk introducing people from countries which didn't have as effective a strategy? Only an effective vaccine I think, and I keep reading that it's 18 months away. :(

Of course with the Trump Administration all bets are off, they could do anything.

13. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 44 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting BrightlyBob

Like you, I’m really eschewing international travel this year, but am hoping to manage some UK-centric tourism - I still have the Marriotts in Bournemouth and Ware to visit and complete my “all UK Marriotts task” - Ha! Yeah, not happening! If things do lift we’ll probably concentrate on the Lake District or the Northern Marches. Don’t discount Scotland!

Having travelled for years as a sales agent, there isn't much of the UK that I haven't visited, but Bournmouth, Torquay and the Isle of Wight are missing from my collection. I also have done memories of the Norfolk broads from 25 years ago so I might test out my boating skills with a trip over there!

14. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 44 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Brilin

Quoting BrightlyBob

Like you, I’m really eschewing international travel this year, but am hoping to manage some UK-centric tourism - I still have the Marriotts in Bournemouth and Ware to visit and complete my “all UK Marriotts task” - Ha! Yeah, not happening! If things do lift we’ll probably concentrate on the Lake District or the Northern Marches. Don’t discount Scotland!

Having travelled for years as a sales agent, there isn't much of the UK that I haven't visited, but Bournmouth, Torquay and the Isle of Wight are missing from my collection. I also have done memories of the Norfolk broads from 25 years ago so I might test out my boating skills with a trip over there!

. Stay out of the Scottish Highlands until after the midge season! They have their own brand of man eating midges around there.

15. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 44 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting BrightlyBob

Always ready for a “full pint” of beer, you know that!

And I still entertain hopes of making it over to Seattle at the end of September, although MrsBB thinks I’m barking!

A believer in flying pigs!

16. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 44 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting countycollector

If it isn't my namesake from the London TU&T.

As soon as the world is back to normal again, I'm going to have to hop the pond again for another visit, maybe up north this time. If we can convince Norman to come down, we could probably pull together most of the group from last year and spend a lot less money per pint. I know BrightlyBob wouldn't say no to another pub crawl.

Why not go the whole hog and have a trip up to Newcastle on Norman's home ground. He is a member of the local real ale club and knows just about every decent pub in Newcastle. Linda and I have spent a couple of very alcoholic days pub crawling around Newcastle with Norman under the guise of going to watch a rugby match!

17. Posted by BrightlyBob (Budding Member 40 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting BrightlyBob

I still entertain hopes of making it over to Seattle at the end of September

The part of this I struggle to see is the reopening of international travel... SNIP/SNIP with the Trump Administration... they could do anything.

Yup, that’s the one - my hopes of making the Seattle meet-up rely on Trump - as I said, the wife thinks I’m barking

18. Posted by bigmrm (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Brilin

... I have joined the new Facebook forum but I find it hard work and very disjointed.....

Thanks for confirming. I rarely deal with Facebook for reasons such as that (and many others!). I have no inclination to hop over there to check it out.
Welcome (from a green transplant).

19. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 44 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I posted on another thread that I have re- booked my cruise next year from Sydney to Singapore. I have also booked incredibly cheap flights direct from Manchester to Sydney via Singapore, returning direct from Singapore to Manchester. I took a punt on these with Singapore Airlines on the first day they they were available. They cost me £540 each for the full return trip with 30 kilo of luggage each in economy. I am going to stay in Sydney for 3 nights before boarding Queen Elizabeth and a couple of nights in Singapore after my arrival there. I decided to check out hotels in both places and was amazed to find that Bonvoy hotels in both places appear to be very expensive compared to others. IHG were 50% cheaper compared to equivalent Bonvoy Hotels as we're Hilton. Bookings were offering hotels of 3/4* at roughly 1/3 of Bonvoy prices. When all this shyt is over, a lot of people and companies are going to realise that people are going to have to be tempted back to travelling. Hotels are going to have to realise that they don't have a right to charge high prices for accommodation. It strikes me that Marriott have yet to realise this !

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Apr-2020, 23:07 GMT by Brilin ]

20. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2502 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Brilin

When all this shyt is over

No sweary language please.

Hotels are going to have to realise that they don't have a right to charge high prices for accommodation.

This economic shock is predicted to kill a lot of businesses, so I'm not sure if expecting low prices is realistic. To survive they'll be trying to maximise revenue, that could include offers but I'm not betting on it. I suspect different businesses will try to go either high or low, basically running around in all directions. And a lot will go bust.

When there's desperation and fear for jobs, I don't think I'd call them profiteers for trying to get some revenue in. Feels like kicking them when they're down.