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They annoy people on trains and in restaurants and will soon irritate passengers on aeroplanes. But mobile telephones will no longer be able to ruin British tourists’ enjoyment of some of the world’s most stunning places, from the Taj Mahal to Mount Kilimanjaro.


The Hampshire-based Adventure Company said that it had received complaints about telephones going off at “romantic moments” at unspoilt places including the ancient Treasury at Petra in Jordan, the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Taj Mahal in India and the remote summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.


“It’s happened at lots of other beautiful places—people travel with us to get away from it all but mobile phones can be reached almost all over the world now.

“These are expensive and often once-in-a-lifetime trips so we decided that the best solution was to ban mobile phones altogether.”


The ban will begin with trips to Nepal and will be extended to Peru, Morocco, Iceland, India and Spain followed by Kilimanjaro, Namibia, Jordan and the Galapagos Islands.


“I couldn’t believe it,” Mr Bishop said. “We were just putting up our tent at a campsite on the Machame route up Kilimanjaro when this guy—I think he was a businessmen or a politician—suddenly started talking on his mobile in a loud voice.

“There I was in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, looking out over the savannah… and all I could hear was ‘in the second paragraph, line four can we take out the word…’

“It was totally bizarre and it spoiled what should have been a perfect moment. I think a phone ban is an excellent idea.”

Simon Grove, 36, from Durham, is one of the self-confessed offenders. He made himself unpopular on a trip to Borneo when his telephone went off at about midnight as other members of his group slept before a 2am start to scale Mount Kinabalu. “It was a mate back in England asking if I could play five-a-side football that night,” Mr Grove said sheepishly. “They were about to kick off and they were wondering where I was.

“It didn’t go down very well with the other travellers. A ban is probably a good idea though I would miss getting the football results texted through to me.”


(adapted from The Telegraph)


A spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents welcomed the move. “I am sure that other travel firms will follow suit,” she said. “A ban would help to keep a special trip special. And the more companies that do it the smaller the chance of someone from another tour group ruining it.”
An adventure holiday company has become the first travel group to ban tourists from carrying mobile telephones after customers complained that “intrusive” ringtones, such as the Crazy Frog, and the “endless chatter” that followed, were ruining once-in-a-lifetime trips.
From next year the tour guides will collect mobile telephones from travellers at the start of the trip and return them at the end. The guides will have mobiles for use in emergencies only.
Mark Wright, the managing director, said: “We had people who had done the Inca trail and arrived at Machu Picchu to watch a stunning sunrise only for a phone to go off,” he said.
One tourist who complained about mobiles was Graham Bishop, 29, a consultant from Chichester, West Sussex. He was 10,000ft up Kilimanjaro when a fellow traveller decided to call his secretary in England and dictate changes to a speech or document.

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