Where to go and what to know

Double Deutsch

Bristol gets connected with two enticing German cities this year. On 11 February, BMI Regional starts flying from the city's airport to Hamburg (pictured). Then, from 7 April, a link begins to Frankfurt (bmiregional.com).

Hit the sack

New York's "hotel week" sees 26 hotels, such as The Ace, offering set room rates of $100, $200 and $250 for stays until 20 January (njfpr.com/ hotel-week).

Retail therapy

Dubai's annual Shopping Festival is under way, with hundreds of retail outlets across the emirate offering discounts until 3 February. (dubaievents.ae/en/dsf).

Catch a thief

This week, the Norwegian capital opens The Thief. The hotel's name derives from the time when criminals would be brought to justice on Oslo's Thief Island. Today, the land is part of an urban renewal programme (thethief.com).

Event horizon

From 17-20 January, the Outdoors Show and Active Travel Show is at London's ExCeL. Attractions will include an "adventure stage" and an exhibition on the 60th anniversary of the first summit of Everest (theactivetravelshow.co.uk).


The starting price, in sterling, for Cotswold Outdoor's new range of Asolo walking boots. The Natural Shape shoes are moulded around the foot to give a comfortable, supportive feel, with breathable lining and contoured soles for added grip. Perfect for implementing that new fitness regime (cotswoldoutdoor.com).

Paradise lost

Following the death of British tourist Stephen Ashton at a New Year's Eve party in Thailand, the FO warns: "Western tourists have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by gangs in Koh Phangan... particularly around Full Moon parties".

Ski Austria

Ski operators have tempting deals this month. Neilson offers an all-inclusive week in Katschberg, staying at the highly rated Cristallo, for £598 from a Manchester departure on 26 January (neilson.co.uk).