ABTA launches new direct debit system

ABTA launches new direct debit system

ABTA will launch a replacement version of its Single Payment System to members later this year.The technology has been developed by Travel Ledger.The direct debit system allows fast online payments between travel agents and tour operators.  Transactions are consolidated by the payment scheme, so that each week only a single...

Abou-Haydar takes up new role with UKinbound

Abou-Haydar takes up new role with UKinbound

UKinbound has confirmed the appointment of Morganne Abou-Haydar as events manager.A seasoned events professional, Abou-Haydar brings with her a passion for planning, creativity and communications, having spent over three years as events manager at Wedgewood DMC Group in both London and Paris.More recently, she worked for Actineo Consulting as events...

TUI Group rolls over €4.7 in bank lending

TUI Group rolls over €4.7 in bank lending

TUI Group has extended its existing credit lines until summer 2024 as the company seeks to insulate itself from the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.The company said the decision gives it more time and flexibility and strengthens TUI in a market environment with continued travel restrictions. The objective remains...

TUI Group adds Senegal for winter 2022

TUI Group adds Senegal for winter 2022

TUI UK has launched its earliest ever programme of winter holidays, available from November 1st next near, until April 2023.The move comes as TUI aims to build on success of early summer launch responding to customer desire to book earlier. Those who crave warmer climes during the coldest months can...

Riviera Travel chief commercial officer to leave

Riviera Travel chief commercial officer to leave

Jim Forward, chief commercial officer with Riviera Travel, will leave the business to become chief executive of Hoburne Group.The latter is a holiday and property development company based in the south-west.Phil Hullah, Riviera chief executive, commented: “I want to pay tribute to Jim. “In his three years with Riviera, he...

IATA criticises European Commission slot decision

IATA criticises European Commission slot decision

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has branded a European Commission decision to set the winter slot use threshold at 50 per cent as “out of touch with reality”.The trade body argued that the commission had ignored the advice and evidence presented by member states and the airline industry, which...

VisitEngland expands domestic tourism campaign

VisitEngland expands domestic tourism campaign

VisitEngland is stepping-up its UK-wide ‘Escape the Everyday’ campaign to drive domestic day trips and overnight breaks as the summer holidays begin.The campaign, first launched in September, highlights the quality destinations, visitor attractions and experiences on offer across the UK to build back demand for domestic breaks and boost consumer...

WTTC calls for further reopening of UK travel

WTTC calls for further reopening of UK travel

The World Travel & Tourism Council has called for the UK government to further lift restrictions on international travel in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. While acknowledging changes coming into effect this week in England are a significant step forward, the body said more needs to be done.Virginia Messina,...

IATA urges global governments to adopt WHO travel rules

IATA urges global governments to adopt WHO travel rules

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to Covid-19 and international travel.Specifically, WHO recommended that governments: Do not require proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a...

Kayak to sponsor Newcastle United this season

Kayak to sponsor Newcastle United this season

Kayak has become the official shirt sleeve sponsor of Newcastle United ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season.First team players will wear Kayak branding on the shirt sleeve of all home, away and third kits for the forthcoming season. ADVERTISEMENTThe strategic partnership marks the first ever football sponsorship for the...

Dragoman shuts down for foreseeable future

Dragoman shuts down for foreseeable future

Overlanding specialist Dragoman has revealed plans to go “dormant” for the foreseeable future in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company said it was going to “sit tight” until the resumption of long-haul travel is again feasible. All future bookings for those who have yet to travel are being...

UKHospitality Cymru calls for reopening in Wales

UKHospitality Cymru calls for reopening in Wales

It is time to lift remaining restrictions on the hospitality industry and give visitors to Wales simple and clear messages about staying safe.That is the view of UKHospitality Cymru (UKHC) ahead of a Welsh government today. UKHC executive director, David Chapman, commented: “The Welsh government review is a chance to...

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