Monday, 31 December 2012

Monaco banks – Contact Information And Account Opening Forms -

How to open accounts at the banks in Monaco plus useful information with who to contact, address, telephone numbers and email contacts for Monaco banks

Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Brits Caught In A Euro Trap

Stories abound of those who live in the Eurozone, particularly in Greece and Spain, who are suffering the consequences of their national debt and the austerity

Banks Not Ready For Doomsday

If the banking sector faced a repeat of the 2008 crises which saw billions of taxpayer's money poured into some institutions to stop them collapsing - they

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Millionaires In Asia Outstrip Europe And The U.S.

When you're in London, New York or California there's plenty of wealth on display, from multi-million properties to cars like Aston Martin not uncommon.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Spain Winning The Price War For Villa Holidays

Value for money is the key to winning tourists in difficult economic times, and a recent survey is a helpful guide to those who prefer self catering holidays

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Favourite Holiday Destinations Reach Out For High Spenders

In a contracting market most if not all holiday destinations today have discounted packages for adults and families looking for a trip abroad, and hope

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Banking World Follows Andorra Example

On both sides of the Atlantic, bank bosses have been queueing up to tell those prepared to listen that they're changing course, and their primary focus

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Remembering The Map

For forty years less and less people in the UK were taking holidays at home and were visiting Spain, Florida, France, Greece and other popular destinations.

But with the economy in trouble holiday spending has been cut by many families, and it's been a question of discovering what's available in the British Isles, and digging out their old maps to see where they might venture.

A look at where they went is explored here at Brits Get Out Their UK Map

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Red Bull Takes Charge In India

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull had hit form at exactly the right time in their quest to win this year's F1 drivers' championship, with victory in the last three

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Monaco tuned to high-end tourism

Every day Monaco’s population more than doubles with around 50,000 workers arriving in the Principality every morning. With more than 3,000 staff the country’s biggest employer

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Monaco - Seaside Plaza Apartment For Sale

A lot of people ask for an apartment in Seaside Plaza when they're looking at and we have a good number available - these can be requested at

Monday, 22 October 2012

Andorra Real Estate - Three Bedroom Penthouse For Sale In Anyos

Anyos is a sought after area for those looking at Andorra Real Estate as it's easy to get to the main towns and villages and is regarded as upmarket.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Car Free Villa Holidays

Trips abroad are a time of relaxation for many people, and while discovery and exploring new areas are also a motive for a vacation, relaxing is still the most common reason for one.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Monaco Resident Hamilton Says Race Is Over

Today's Grand Prix in Korea proved to be the tipping point for McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who conceded defeat in the race for this year's F1 championship.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Vettel Makes World Championship Bid In Japan

The Japanese Grand Prix has marked out Sebastian Vettel as the main challenger to Fernando Alonso in this year's race for the F1 championship.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Four Bedroom Chalet For Sale In El Serrat

Andorra properties come in different designs, but this four bedroom three bathroom chalet in El Serrat, La Massana, will remind many of Switzerland.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Pole Position But No Points In Singapore For Hamilton

A faulty gearbox in the night race at the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore cost Monaco resident Lewis Hamilton a podium place, as he

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Majorca For Your Next Holiday?

What is it about Majorca that makes it consistently Europe's favourite holiday island?

Flight times, great deals and a first class reputation for family vacations are the obvious reasons, along with of course the reliable Majorca weather.

But there's an interesting travel blog which gives more reasons, including ecology, history, architecture and the cuisine.

The full article can be seen here Majorca Was Made For Family Beach Holidays

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Time To Reconsider Andorra For Your Ski Holiday?

With excellent skiing in the Pyrenees, what's the one thing that would stop you from booking Andorra if you were going to go on a European ski holiday?

Not the hotels, as they're as good as any resort with accommodation ranging from budget to 5 stars.

And not the Apres-Ski either, and there's some excellent duty free shopping as well.

The answer would be the three hours it takes to get from Barcelona to Andorra - the same reason it puts some people wanting residency in a tax haven from looking at property for sale in Andorra.

But it's time to look again, as there's going to be flights this year to an airport just ten minutes drive away from the border, according to this blog New Air Routes Boost For Andorra

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Three Bedroom Penthouse Apartment For Sale In Ordino

New to the market is a three bedroom two bathroom penthouse apartment in the sought after village of Ordino.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Would You Choose Tenerife For A Holiday?

If you haven't been on holiday to Tenerife before, the image the island has might well put you off shortlisting it as a destination to try.

But it's changed a lot in recent years according to this blog Tenerife - Sunshine And Green

In fact for today's tourist there's a lot of reasons why a holiday there might surprise and delight you.

Concerned about the environment and like your vacations to be environmentally friendly? Read the blog and you will find the island authorities are doing a lot more than other places to ensure Tenerife's green credentials.

Fancy cycling, walking or hiking while on your trip? Again Tenerife makes a great island to enjoy an adventure holiday.

For the current Tenerife weather visit

Monday, 10 September 2012

This Winter's Ski Holiday Destination

With summer over, many who like their holidays will be looking at ski holidays for this winter and this blog Andorra Centre Of Mountain Holidays extols the virtues of Andorra.

With a lot of money spent on the country's infrastructure over the last decade, the big news is that a three hour journey from Barelona or Toulouse will become a thing of the past with new direct flights from the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

Andorra is also known in financial circles as a tax haven and the same site has details of real estate for sale in Andorra. Andorra la Vella from

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Lewis Hamilton Wins From Pole At Monza

F1 enthusiasts wondered whether the expert drive from Jenson Button would be the catalyst needed for him to challenge

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Button Delight At Emphatic Belgian Grand Prix Victory

It was the return of F1 today, with the second half of the season promising to be as exciting as the first.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Surprising Late Deal

Two weeks or less left for most families before the children return to school - and some will be looking to book a last minute deal for a week away.

The obvious place to look is with the major travel companies who have unsold trips going cheap - but don't overlook renting a villa according to this blog post Villa Holiday Prices Can Be Cheaper This Summer

For details about various areas where villas are on offer at the moment visit who include Gran Canaria at

Monday, 20 August 2012

UK Tourists Getting Value Vacations

In difficult economic times many British families are still taking a holiday in Europe and further afield, but the key to them doing so is companies who are offering what they preceive to be real value - for example all inclusive holidays where everything is included in the price, also booking late deals is more popular than ever.

An analysis of the 2012 vacation market is available with British Families Spending Less Time And Money On Holidays In 2012

The same travel resource also has a map of Lanzarote and other European destinations when visiting

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Kids Clubs On Vacation

In an earlier post we looked at whether kids clubs at hotels and in holiday resorts were good things - or designed for parents who haven't got time for their children even when they're on holiday together. 

There's another post that takes a view on this that can be read at How To Wreck Your Children's Vacation 

More details about villa holidays can be read at

Thursday, 9 August 2012

If tourists do decide to take a villa holiday incidentally there are a good number of spas where they can go for a day rather than being a resident - more details are at Lanzarote - A Great Island For A Spa Day While On Your Villa Holiday

More information about villas in Lanzarote are at

Turning Away Holiday Bookings

A surprising feature of many private individuals who advertise their villas to rent in popular holiday destinations is that they are turning away bookings when they need the rental income according to this blog

The problem is that they aren't offering short breaks, and with cheap flights available across Europe and both time and money in short supply for many tourists, it closes the door on the option of taking villa holidays instead of staying in a hotel.

For information about villa holidays visit

Top Speed Broadband And Low Taxes Winning Formula For Andorra

For business people in Europe who want to reduce their corporate and personal taxation there are various options available if they are considering moving

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Lewis Hamilton Wins Hungary Grand Prix

Good news for Lewis Hamilton in the last race before the summer break - he led the Hungarian Grand Prix from start to finish

Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Party Island - Ibiza

With August here, it's appropriate perhaps that we have just added a report for Ibiza to the list of destinations we cover.

The Ideal Villa Holiday Island

The idea villa holidays island in the Mediterranean? For many it has to be Menorca. For photographs, offers and resort information

New Island Information From

There's new information from - covering Menorca.

New Services from

Two new services have just been made available by

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

No Room At The Inn

Helped along by the London Olympics, A Daily Telegraph blogger reported recently that there was very little holiday availabity left for Majorca in August.

Some 30% of Britons are reported to have booked an overseas trip to get away from the media coverage of the Olympics, but that's only part of why Majorca is pretty much full in August.

Given the state of the economy in Spain, and new official figures confirmed the UK is in a deep recession today, that's a pretty good accomplishment.

To read why the island is so popular even in the recession visit this blog Majorca Favourite Again For Summer Holidays 2012

Villa Holidays - Living With The A-List

Celebrity magazines sell millions of copies between them every week, and tabloid newspapers are often featuring celebrities on

20 Years Before The Economy Will Get Better, Say Experts in Monaco

When you're working out your finances and considering what you might be able to do in the future, do you factor in a couple more years

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Family Holidays - How About Renting A Villa?

With the vacation season well and truly upon us, there's going to be a lot of late bookings in the next week or two and the trend at the moment is for all inclusive, which can cut the cost of a family trip quite a bit.

But if you're one of those looking for a last minute deal, don't forget to check out what villas are available as well, there's a good choice for example of villa holidays in Lanzarote and other islands that can be found with both travel firms and through private owners.

To read more about why villas are great for families visit this blog Villa Holidays - Good For The Family

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Alonso Sets The Pace In Germany

After seven races with as many winners, it's certainly been one of the most exciting F1 seasons, but who would win

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Exploring Andorra By Helicopter

Helicopter rides in Andorra are an experience that visitors whether tourists or visiting for a few days to see the property for sale in Andorra can enjoy.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Visiting Tenerife - An American View

Here's a perspective from someone in the U.S. for people living outside of Europe who might be considering a visit to the Canary Islands:

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Forget The House of Lords - It's Holidays That Divide The Country

For a long while people in Britain believed that the old class system, which the country is so well known for, was a relic of the past.…de-the-country/

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Villa Holidays With A Touch Of Nature

A great villa with sea views, your own swimming pool, satellite TV in the lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen if you decide

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Red Bull Charges Back At Silverstone

After days of rain and practise sessions in near flood like conditions, the British Grand Prix was won today by Australian Mark Webber in a Red Bull.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Does An All-In Holiday Hit The Local Economy?

The rising popularity of all inclusive holidays to favourite holiday destinations like Lanzarote has been reported widely in the travel press in recent months.

Monaco Banks – Contact Information And Account Opening Forms -

How to open accounts at the banks in Monaco plus useful information with who to contact, address, telephone numbers and email contacts for Monaco banks

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Menorca - A Guide For Visitors From Outside Europe

If you're visiting Europe and considering a visit to Menorca, here's a report from an American writer's view:

Tenerife Map Showing The Villages and towns of Tenerife

Map of Tenerife – All the main holiday areas plus airport, beaches and other useful places of interest on a map of Tenerife.

How To Wreck Your Children's Vacation

As an adult some of the best and enduring memories of childhood are of family vacations - time spent

Friday, 29 June 2012

Tourists Killing Off The Local Industry They Created

There was an interesting article in the Daily Mail this week, as a travel reporter described how many local businesses were going under this summer in Menorca.

There are tourists on the island, but a high percentage of them have booked an all inclusive holiday, and they are taking all their meals in their hotels, which they get for no extra charge.

There are some good deals to be had for a summer holiday this year with travel agents really keen to sell as many vacations as possible, and if you're looking for a bargain strange though it might read, have you considered a villa holiday?

Traditionally seen as expensive, this villa holidays blog points out that many holidaymakers are narrowing their search by not looking at what for example Tenerife villa holidays have to offer.

Villa Holiday Review :: Gran Canaria Villas

Welcome to our Gran Canaria Villas - for today's best deals click here.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

We're Not Quite All In It Together

A while ago British Prime Minister David Cameron, when asked about the recession and how it is impacting on ordinary people, answered that 'We're all in it together'.

Not many people believed it then, and even fewer will now, and one of the indicators that some people are doing rather well in the recession seems to be the prices of prime property in tax havens like Monaco, and other areas - London for example.

But is this too simple an indication that life goes on for some, and not others?

It would appear so according to this blog that has Monaco news as it's not buyers from the same countries from a few years ago which is driving the Monaco real estate market .

To see their analysis read their report here

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Now Is The Time For A Cheap Vacation In Europe

There's a lot in the news about the austerity measures in countries that belong to the Eurozone and the

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

British Seniors Chasing The Sun For Retirement

History lessons will show that if there's one thing British people like to do it's to travel and explore

British Banks Pay For Clients' Summer Holidays

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As if the British banking industry wasn't in enough trouble, RBS which owns NatWest and Ulster Bank have been unable to update many of their customer accounts since the end of last week.

It's led to some people not receiving their salaries and a possible credit downgrade as they haven't been able to pay their bills, including rent and mortgages, and in one case a man had to spend the weekend in prison as he wasn't able to pay for the bail a judge had set.

It still hasn't been fully sorted and it's possible that RBS will have to millions in compensation to their account holders who have been affected. Chief Executive Stephen Hester has pledged that none of the bank's customers will lose out financially, and it's unlikely he will be getting a bonus this year.

RBS shares have fallen 4% today in ondon trading, and if they can't update all the accounts soon they could see an exodus of customers to other banks, and it will be interesting to see how their share price performs in the coming days - a big drop can be expected if the fiasco leads to Stephen Hester resigning. We think that might be possible although there doesn't seem to be any indication of this in the media at the moment.

Compensation to customers isn't new to British banks, they have paid out billions to their customers this year after mis-selling financial products such as insurance, commonly known as PPI, and the payouts happily coincide with the cost of an average family holiday abroad.

To read more about the billions being paid out and why holiday islands like Gran Canaria will be benefitting from the compensation being paid out by the banks in the UK visit this blog British Banks Pay For A Million Families To Go On Holiday

The same site provides information for tourists along with maps for those who haven't visited before - for a Gran Canaria map visit their homepage.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Sunday, 17 June 2012

On Father's Day Europe Waits For Result Of Mother Of European Elections

The polls are closed in Greece, and over the next 24 hours Europe and beyond will be waiting with bated breath to see if the Greeks want to stay in the Euro, renegotiate - or most probably both.

The Dow Jones and FTSE could see some big swings this week for those who trade on the financial markets.

But there's a group of business people who are suffering a lot in the current economic crisis who get little if any mention at all - tourist related business owners in previously popular holiday destinations - to read more about their plight visit this blog post 2012 Critical Year For Tourist Businesses

Their main site deals with the weather and includes the Tenerife weather

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Tax Haven Andorra Has New Entry Qualifications

For years Andorra has been one of Europe's top tax havens, with the same tax benefits as

Tax Haven Andorra Raise Residency Entry Price

For years Andorra has been one of Europe's top tax havens, with the same tax benefits as Monaco

Europe's Finest Gets A Facelift

For those who have been to Monaco before, it will come as surprising news that Monte Carlo is going to get a facelift.

There's quite a few things that draw tourists to the Principality, and the area around Casino Square is best known. The Hotel de Paris is one of the best known hotels in the world, Aston Martins and Ferraris are everywhere, the casino itself and of course Monaco property for sale is among the most expensive in the world.

To read what they're going to do to Monte Carlo visit this Monaco information blog

Monday, 11 June 2012

New Monaco Resident Wins Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix yesterday proved to be Lewis Hamilton's first win as a Monaco resident.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

People Flee As Torch Approaches London

Despite four days of pretty awful weather, people in the UK celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee for four days from last Saturday through to Tuesday, and highlights included a paegent on the River Thames and a concert in front of Buckingham Palace with the best of British music featuring among others Paul McCartney and Elton John.

But there's something else that's going on in London this summer, and instead of celebration and a spirit of goodwill Londoners are being told they will have to keep out of special traffic lanes, be searched wherever they go, and have ground to air missiles positioned on top of residential buildings.

It is of course the Olympics, London 2012, and as the torch is being taken throughout the UK many Londoners have already booked to go away, while many more are heading to travel sites to see where they can go so they're not in town (appropriately enough considering where the Olympics originated from they might want to check late deals for the Greek Islands as they're going cheap at the moment).

What a contrast. On Tuesday the British Royal Family rode down The Mall with tens of thousands of people on the pavement as they made their way to Buckingham Palace - The Queen, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince Harry - all in open carriages, while during the Olympics there will be the biggest security operation since WW2.

It's not helped by the BBC already giving a lot of coverage as the torch makes it way around the country, and as the time gets nearer to the Opening Ceremony those who haven't realised it already will wake up to the saturation coverage the media will be providing. The one saving grace of the Opening Ceremony is that Paul McCartney will be performing live to close it, some entertainment at least.

To read more about how the British are leaving the country visit this blog Government Tries To Stop People Escaping The London Olympics and for those that haven't booked to get away yet as well as checking for late deals click through for details of villas for rent in various holiday destinations

Friday, 8 June 2012

Euro Crises Boost For Tax Haven

There are reports in the media this week that both Greek and Spanish citizens are holding back taxes while their respective countries face up to further bailouts and austerity measures, with many taking the view that they can spend and save their money better than their governments.

Something a lot of people would have sympathy with we suspect.

Meanwhile the weakness of the Euro has boosted interest in taking up residency in Andorra, which is located between Spain and France, according to this Andorra information site.

Property buyers from the UK, Canada and Australia are looking at buying property in Andorra, which is a quarter of the price of Monaco's real real estate but offers the same tax benefits.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Best European Beach Location For A Villa Holiday

For tourists who are looking for a sunshine break often one of their top priorities is to be within close proximity of a beach.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee, The Olympics And A Spa

How much more inclusive the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been over the last four days than the London Olympics will be!

Thomas Cook forced to abandon plan to cash in on Olympics

Struggling holidays firm Thomas Cook has had to abandon plans to cash in on the Olympics

Middle East Help For Spain

As Spain gets closer to asking the EU for a bailout, the country is in real difficulties with unemployment at 25% and youth unemployment at 50%.

As the Spanish public, like Greece, gets fed up with austerity measures protests and strikes are becoming more commonplace.

Tourism forms a good part of Spanish GDP, and it's the one sector that could do better this year than last - thanks to the weakness of the Euro which will encourage more British people to visit, but Spain is allso benefitting from the continued unrest in Egypt which took quite a few tourists away from Spain for a few years as it was cheaper, and with Syria on the brink of civil war it's not likely that tourists will be returning anytime soon to the region.

An analysis of what's happening can be seen at this travel information blog

And for those thinking of visiting Spain they have a map and information about each area - their home page is about Tenerife and includes a Tenerife map.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Tax Haven Changing Entry Costs

Monaco, Gibraltar and Andorra are Europe's best known tax havens, and Andorra is changing the rules for how to gain residency there, with some explanation at

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Friday, 1 June 2012

Holiday Island Celebrates Murder Mystery

One of Tenerife's newest festivals is the International Agatha Christie Festival. The little-known connection

Residency News - June 1st 2012

The Andorra government yesterday approved changes to the residency rules, this will now need to be signed by the two

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Family Holidays - A Surprising Price Find

Holidays are a great time for many families to get together and relax, and with pressure on many parents today

Another Balcony Fall In Magaluf

We're not into June yet and there have been five British tourists who have fallen from hotel balconies in Magaluf so far

Good Holiday Deals - But Should You Take One?

If you look at the late deals being offered at the moment by the leading European travel firms it's notable that many of them are for the Greek Islands, particularly Kefalonia, Crete and Corfu.

But should you take a holiday in Greece at the moment considering the austerity protests and strikes, and will the local people welcome those with disposable income enjoying a vacation while the local population are suffering bad economic times?

It depends upon where you're from according to one blog - would you visit if you're from Germany after the recent flag burning in Athens for example? To see who might be welcome and who might not visit this blog

And if you're not sure where you want to go this year there is background information on Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Majorca if you visit their main site for European travel information.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Some You Win, Some You Lose

In a recession you might expect holiday destinations to see a drop in the number of tourists visiting, but there's also a shift in Europe of where those who are still taking holidays are heading to.

Last year Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia all saw a fall in visitors due to the Arab Spring, while this year those destinations are still seen as volatile but have added Greece to the list because of the Euro crises, with strikes and protests not mixing well with a relaxed holiday atmosphere.

So despite the recession some islands like Tenerife are doing well, to read more about what's happening in the world of travel visit this blog

And there's more comment and news about travel at this Google Plus

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Parc Saint Roman Apartment For Sale

Recognised as one of the best addresses to have in Monaco, we have just taken on a three bedroom two bathroom apartment in Parc Saint Roman

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Get Reliable Information of Andorra Property for Sale

Do you want to get a new house? Well, a house is definitely one of the human basic needs that we have to fulfill.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Lanzarote Beats The Holiday Downturn

At a time when household budgets are under pressure and less holidays abroad are being taken by families, how are some

Monday, 21 May 2012

Majorca and Chopin: An Island Connection To Music History

The connection between famous composer Frederic Chopin and Valldemosa in Majorca is well-known to locals. However,

True Love Starts With Adventure

A week or two in the Seychelles until recently was seen by many couples planning their wedding as the ultimate destination for their honeymoon

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Tenerife - Good Enough To Move To?

The majority of people living in the UK and Europe would associate Tenerife with a week or two's sunshine holiday

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Monaco Property

There is no other real estate market like the robust real estate market in the principality of Monaco.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Andorra; The Afforadble Mountain Air And Low Taxes

Death and taxes are two certainties that all countries have. This is the statement of Benjamin Franklin

Canary Islands - Maps and Info for Planning Your Trip

Tribune Maps is a useful site for planning you vacation, so far the site covers the Canary Island of Tenerife

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Spanish F1 Victor Pastor Caring

The 2012 Grand Prix season continues to spring surprises, and the Spanish leg of the season proved no exception

Top Travel Destinations

If you're visiting Europe in the winter time, and want to escape the cold northern European winters for a week or two of sunshine, the Canary Islands

Monday, 30 April 2012

New Look For Monte Carlo

One of the most famous locations in the world, Monte Carlo is known for her glamour and is a

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Cheap Flights - Cheap Tourists?

With Spain's economic woes continuing - they had to pay 5.8% on today's Bond Market to raise 2.5 billion Euros - you might imagine that as tourism forms such a large part of their GDP the country would be happy to see tourists arriving and spending their money in shops, bars and restaurants, as well as staying in hotels or villas.

Every tourist that arrives is new money for the Spanish economy.

But one tourist official made a remark last summer, which he quickly retracted, that low cost airlines bring in low spending tourists.

While the remark was retracted, it is interesting to see that point of view, however briefly, surface from the tourism industry.

One travel blog which specialises in the Spanish weather including the weather in Lanzarote points out a few truths about why the budget airlines are a force of good.

To read what they have to say visit their blog

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Majorca golf courses: tee off or rip off?

Let me begin by saying that although I’m no golfer, certain friends and family members are keen disciples of the beautiful game

Rosberg Sets Off A Chinese Cracker

If Chinese fortune cookies could foretell the outcome of this year's Shanghai Grand Prix, it would be the most popular

Friday, 13 April 2012

Can't You Go Anywhere?

'Can't you go anywhere' is a phrase you might hear British tourists saying while they're on holiday in Europe.

What they're referring to is the shops - there's so many British shops that have expanded into other countries it seems that some places are an extension of the British High Street - even Mand S in Paris with a store plus doing home delivery and online shopping!

But could the reason for British shops being all over the world, not just Europe, be because the British are actually rather good at retail?

To read more about it visit this blog

And if you are off too Europe and want to know what the weather is like visit their main site, the homepage for example covers the weather in Tenerife.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

It's Been A While...

It seems a long time ago that we were able to report on a property coming to the market that's under a million

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Diamonds Aren't Forever?

The annual meeting of the shareholders of Barclays Bank is coming up tpwards the end of the month, and there are moves

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom House For Sale In Anyos

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house, 375m2 living space. First class decorative order throughout. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Will Climate Change Hit Tourist Island Economies?

In the UK this Easter the two big questions to do with the climate was why was it so awful during the four day break, and for gardeners getting used to a hose pipe ban.

But for islands like Cyprus who depend heavily on tourism climate change is a much more serious issue.

Some scientists claim that in a few years time the summer will simply be too hot for tourists.

In response tourism officials are looking at ways of making Cyprus a year round destination, and with the weather predicted to be warmer in the winter, a little like the weather in Tenerife, they're making plans just in case what they are being told is right.

To read more about how Cyprus is preparing for climate change visit this weather blog

British Banks Pay For A Million Families To Go On Holiday

Britain's biggest mis-selling scandal has led to over a million bank customers receiving pay-outs in the thousands, and it's

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Monaco Adds Art to Its Seaside Allure

ACROSS from the grand entrance at Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum is a monumental cabinet of curiosities. Filled with items ranging from marine specimens to a

Monte Carlo Duplex Penthouse

Le Vallespier, Monte Carlo. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex penthouse 280m2 apartment with roof top pool. 7,800,000 Euros.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Brand New Apartment For Sale In Arinsal Andorra

The advantage of a brand new apartment is that the buyer knows it’s in excellent condition, and can plan

2012 Tourists Searching For All Inclusive And Villa Holidays

Price more than ever is a deciding factor for where to visit this year, and this has influenced the type of holiday many people are opting for.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Monaco To Modernise Casino Square

The area of Monaco known as Monte Carlo has for the last hundred years been a favourite destination for the rich and famous, along with more pedestrian tourists

The Most Expensive Real-Estate in the World

If you think real-estate in Manhattan or San Francisco is expensive, consider Monaco.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Greece - Why It Might Not Be The Word For A 2012 Summer Holiday

When you are considering where to go on holiday this summer, you might look at a map of Europe and put Greece

Majorca Favourite Again For Summer Holidays 2012

A year or two ago it looked like Europe's most popular holiday island - Majorca - was going to lose quite a few

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Button Wins 2012 Australia Grand Prix

Will 2012 be a repeat of the 2011 Grand Prix season when Sebastian Vettel easily clinched the drivers' championship

Friday, 16 March 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Studio Apartment For Sale In Fontvieille Monaco

Fontvieille. Going on the market tomorrow (Monday) is a fifth floor studio apartment which has 40m2 of living space and a 10m2 balcony.

Kids Clubs - Destroying The Family

Browse through a holiday brochure from most travel companies and what is a feature they nearly all share? Two adults

Thursday, 8 March 2012

New Air Routes Boost For Andorra

Tax havens are great for saving tax, but if it's not close to an international airport it's not going to be

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Villa Holiday Prices Can Be Cheaper This Summer

In the UK many people have resigned themselves to forfeiting their holiday abroad this summer, and with real

Monday, 5 March 2012

Happiness Is...

A property in Monaco apparently. The Financial Times no less has just run a report on an index of tax havens showing

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Lanzarote Overrun: I have nothing planned

It was an uneventful night. The crew went on duty on Thursday night at 20:40 for scheduled passenger flights on a Boeing 737-800 from Lanzarote to Glasgow

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Majorca weather forecast and the weather today

5 and 7 day forecast for the weather in Majorca with what it’s like today on the island

Government Tries To Stop People Escaping The London Olympics

Olympic Games only come around every four years, and if your city is chosen to host the Games it offers a rare

Brits Get Out Their UK Map

There are several factors why many people would prefer to have a holiday abroad than at home, and the most obvious one

Monday, 27 February 2012

Bankers Salaries - Are They Really Too Much?

Some Banking Bonuses Will Be Spent On An Overseas Holiday Property
 HSBC are expected to announce an annual profit of some £14 billion any time now - over US $20 billion.

And with the announcement will come a lot of comments in the media and on many a blog that the bonuses paid are excessive - some reports indicate a bonus of over £10 million can be expected for HSBC's CEO - and that this isn't right in today's economic climate - some will say even during good times it's not right - and that the profits are obscene.

But maybe the amount of profit is a good thing - and the bonuses awarded to many at HSBC are justified?

IF HSBC have made such a good profit - isn't that good given that a lot of the banks are still in debt to the taxpayer? It shows they know what they're doing, and if the banks that had to be bailed out followed what HSBC has been doing that debt could be paid off - leading to more money available for government to increase public expenditure or cut taxes, depending on your point of view as to which would stimulate the economy most.

And assumedly if the reports of a £14 billion profit are accurate, HSBC would be paying corporation tax running into billions - money that can be spent on schools and hospitals, or allowing the government to borrow less on the markets? With income tax and National Insurance being paid by thousands of employees on top of the corporation tax, shouldn't we be celebrating rather than deriding the profit made?

As for the salaries and bonuses, it could be argued that the banks making losses still shouldn't be paying these - but why shouldn't HSBC? If someone gets a multi-million bonus why shouldn't he or she be able to buy themselves a villa on the Algarve or a property in Monaco?

How do the salaries of bankers and those working in the City of London and Wall Street compare to sports people? Premier League soccer players in England are often on a few million a year, as are baseball and American footballers in the U.S.

But if a player doesn't perform well in a game, are they told by the fans that they should forfeit their wages that week? And if he is below par for the whole season will the fans demand that his salary be cut? Moved on to another team perhaps, but no question about his salary being paid back.

For loss making banks the argument could be made that no bonuses be paid and their salaries reduced, but surely not for HSBC and their staff?

For more analysis of whether bankers and city workers deserve their salaries visit this Monaco blog

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Something Different For Holidays This Year

The trend for holiday bookings this year so far is for people to book later, often within six weeks of leaving for the trip, no doubt influenced by the economy and the hope of picking up a good price late deal from one of the travel companies.

And given the state of the economy, it's most likely that people will be booking a hotel.

The thought of a villa holiday while nice, will have to wait for another day, this isn't the time for luxury.

But this isn't necessarily true. On our last post we looked at villa holidays in Tenerife and how some villa owners will be offering late deals to try to get their occupancy level up to a point where they can cover the maintenance and any mortgage they might have taken out.

For families a villa holiday, especially one that's got at a late offer price, can work out cheaper than booking two hotel rooms, with the added advantage in a villa of a lounge area, couple of bathrooms, an equipped kitchen and an outside area that will often include a private pool and garden.

To read more about how a villa holiday can work out better on price and be a better family holiday than a hotel one, visit this villa blog

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Villa Owners Have A Difficult Year Ahead

Have you ever been on a villa holiday?

If so, the chances are that the villa you stayed in was rented through an agency - but the villa is nearly always owned by a private individual.

The owner has often bought the villa so he or she can retire there later on in life, or spend a good part of the year there at least, and rents it out to cover a part mortgage, maintenance, etc.

And this normally works well.

Search for Tenerife villa holidays for example and up will come a choice of those available via specialist agencies and private owners.

Holidaymakers get to spend time in great accommodation, the agency make some commission and the owners make some money to keep the property in good shape, pay a mortgage and if they're lucky have some left over.

But during a recession this arrangement can become unstuck. If a villa isn't rented out many weeks the owner could have difficulty keeping up with the financial side of things, and if the property isn't maintained the agency might drop letting it out, if they get receive poor reviews.

The upside is that for those who want to rent the agencies and owners are more likely to cut the rental costs down to get occupancy, and some money at least.

There's an article that goes more into this, and also the benefits of a villa holiday compared to a hotel one - to read it click through to this villa holiday blog

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Lanzarote - A Great Island For A Spa Day While On Your Villa Holiday

Spa holidays are one of the fastest-growing travel industry niches. What better place to take one

Saturday, 11 February 2012

British Public Hypocrisy Over Tax?

We say British because the blog we have seen refers specifically to a survey undertaken in the UK

British Families Spending Less Time And Money On Holidays In 2012

The banks and governments weren't the only ones not to see the writing on the wall in the last couple

Getting Married In Monaco

Some couples are content to tie the knot at the courthouse down the road. But for those who are more adventurous

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Property, Residency And Banking In Andorra And Monaco

Friday, 10 February 2012

Tax Havens Welcomes New Business For 2012

Andorra la Vella
The tax haven of Andorra has just started to welcome new and establshed businesses to establish themselves in the Principality.

Up to now anyone wanting to start a business or relocate their exisiting one to the Principality had to have an Andorra partner - and for many entrepreneurs the thought of not being able to go it alone was understandably off-putting, especially when the new partner was become part of the company not through merit but because the law stated you had to have one.

It's all part of the country trying to attract inward investment.

The economy is tourism driven - by ski holidaymakers - and in the last three years the number of people taking winter holidays has fallen, and subsequently the Andorra economy has been hit.

Other changes are in the pipeline, including the qualifications for residency. Up to now it was pretty much a case of renting or buying an Andorra property and the government is currently looking at changing this.

More details are available at this Andorra blog

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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Gran Canaria Map - For visitors to the Canary Islands map of Gran Canaria

There's three main areas people stay while on their holidays on the island.

Harry Not Guilty

Former West Ham and current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been found not guilty on all charges of tax evasion related to his Monaco bank account.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Andorra Centre Of Mountain Holidays

Activity holidays both organised and independently planned have been increasinging in popularity over recent years

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Win A Trip To Monaco - Five Available

The Daily Telegraph in the UK have five trips to Monaco available for giving advice on the following destinations: