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November 18, 2017, by Mark Thomas

On October 14, as the sun shone down on Sofia and the population lapped up the late summer sun, the ski season opened in Kitzbühel. This was the first resort […]

Bulgaria’s 2018 EU Presidency: Bedtime stories

November 13, 2017, by Mark Thomas

The acceleration of the date when Bulgaria will take over the seat of the EU Presidency from the first half of 2018 will no doubt have sent the local ...

Travel: Second time around

June 3, 2013, by Mark Thomas

The tales of low cost carriers and how the low cost model is becoming de facto the norm across Europe and other parts of the globe and talk often expa ...

Frequent flyer miles: Frequently misunderstood

April 21, 2013, by Mark Thomas

It was once said that there were more airline frequent flyer miles in circulation in the United States than there were dollar bills. While this may or ...

  • Travel: Fair or not?
    February 8, 2013, by Mark Thomas

    If your train from Sofia to Stara Zagora or your bus from Rousse to Varna is cancelled due to snow drifts and thick ice making travel unsafe and impossible, I […]

  • Travel: Game changing
    February 1, 2013, by Mark Thomas

    Airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France and BA have one problem with their European flights; they lose money with them – a lot of money. Their European flights are to […]

  • Travel: Getting the job done
    December 7, 2012, by Mark Thomas

    In Europe, the power of democracy is such that whenever there is a good idea, the lunatic fringe which regardless is always plus/minus 10 per cent of the population, does […]

  • Smoke and mirrors – tourism and the Olympics
    July 23, 2012, by Mark Thomas

    May 26 2012 was just another sporting Saturday in London; a football play off with 60 000 spectators in attendance at Wembley Stadium, 80 000 Rugby followers watching a Rugby […]

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    Indicators never lie!
    June 4, 2012, by Mark Thomas

    It is said that two of the key leading or early indicators of economic activity are the construction and travel industries. It is difficult to make any profound comment about […]