Scotland has welcomed the world with an Opening Ceremony to the XX Commonwealth Games featuring thousands of friendly faces, a blend of bagpipes, banter and bravado and a soundtrack made for the best party in town. Global celebrities joined thousands of locals to bring a tantalising mix of tradition, irreverent fun and true Glaswegian hospitality to life for the world to see.
Glasgow will revel in the international spotlight as the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games later this month. Ahead of the Opening Ceremony on July 23rd, Breaking Travel News reporter Alice McKeown visits the city to check out some of the highlights visitors can expect.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has met with Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, to discuss the launch of the new services and Scotland’s potential growth prospects. The meeting precedes the launch of services between Doha and Edinburgh on May 28th. Al Baker said the airline was pleased to be launching services from the city and that Scotland’s tourism industry, along with infrastructure developments and potential business opportunities were key factors leading the airline’s decision to begin flying there.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is to be taken into public ownership after its present owners failed to find a buyer. The airport was put up for sale last March by New Zealand-based owners Infratil and has been running annual losses of £2 million.
High volumes of advanced ticket sales look set to see Scotland’s leading equestrian event, the Blair Castle Barclays International Horse Trials, bring a major boost to the Scottish economy by breaking the £4.5million barrier for the first time in its 25 year history.
More than 100 people are thought to have been struck down by a vomiting and diarrhoea bug at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
Flights to and from Scotland have been cancelled for the second day in a row following severe gales of up to 165 mph which battered the country yesterday.
A consortium of Scottish institutions has put forward ambitious plans for the creation of a new business and transport hub at Edinburgh Airport. Also in the UK today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Edinburgh.
The Borders to Edinburgh rail scheme will continue as planned Scottish first minister Alex Slamond has confirmed. The announcement comes as Carillion, one of the firms bidding for the project, pulled out.
Organisers of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art have announced the next edition of the festival will take place across the city from April 20th to May 7th, 2012.