Viator signs attractions partnership with Booking.com

Viator signs attractions partnership with Booking.com

Viator and global digital travel platform Booking.com have today announced a new global partnership to showcase thousands of high-quality attractions, tours and activities.  Viator is a TripAdvisor company and leader in experiences with a marketplace of nearly 400,000 tours and activities around the world. The integration with Booking.com will begin...

ABTA raises post-Brexit labour concerns with government

ABTA raises post-Brexit labour concerns with government

ABTA has written to Lord Frost, highlighting the needs of the travel industry in the future relationships with the European Union, post Brexit. Minister of state Frost is currently negotiating with European officials over the final settlement. The letter raises the very serious challenges relating to labour mobility owing to...

New look for Madeira Promotion Association

New look for Madeira Promotion Association

The Madeira Promotion Association has unveiled a brand refresh ahead of what the organisation hopes will be a busy summer.As part of the overhaul there is a new slogan - ‘Madeira. Belongs to All’ – as a well as a new logo. Developed from in-depth studies aiming to identify the...

TUI Group to raise €350m in fresh capital

TUI Group to raise €350m in fresh capital

TUI Group has revealed plans to raise at least €350 million in fresh funding as the company seeks to whether the ongoing impact from the Covid-19 pandemic. The new senior unsecured bonds will fall due in 2028. TUI intends to use the cash to further improve its liquidity position as...

Caribbean Tourism Organisation launches regional skills audit

Caribbean Tourism Organisation launches regional skills audit

A Jamaican firm has been selected by the regional tourism development agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), to conduct its first-ever regional skills audit to assess the competencies of the regional tourism workforce.After a comprehensive process for procuring consultancy services to undertake this project, A-Z Information Jamaica was chosen to...

Jet2.com pushes restart back into June

Jet2.com pushes restart back into June

Jet2.com has delayed the restart of its holiday operations in the wake of the release of a report from the government on the reopening of borders.The leisure operator had hoped to return next month, but has now cancelled all holidays before June 23rd. “We have taken time to study the...

IATA: Aviation sector continues to deteriorate

IATA: Aviation sector continues to deteriorate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has found that passenger traffic fell in February, both compared to pre-Covid-19 levels in February 2019, and to the immediate month prior, January this year.Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of Covid-19, unless otherwise noted all...

ABTA critical of government support for travel agents

ABTA critical of government support for travel agents

ABTA has written to officials at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) to protest at levels of grant support being made available to the retail travel industry in England.The body argues the cash is at odds with those provided to other business sectors.  Restart Grants, recently announced...

TUI UK adds thousands of trips for summer 2022

TUI UK adds thousands of trips for summer 2022

TUI UK has put more than 100,000 extra holidays on sale for next summer. Customers will have an additional 1,500 hotels to choose from in 62 favourite hotspots, giving more choice for their long-awaited break, whether they prefer a short, mid, or long-haul getaway. These extra holidays follow increased demand...

Slump in ATOL licence renewals in March

Slump in ATOL licence renewals in March

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that, of the 742 ATOL licences that expired in March, 554 have been renewed.A further 89 still in the process. This means that, in total, there are now 1,662 ATOL holders overall.ADVERTISEMENTMichael Budge, head of ATOL Licensing at the UK Civil Aviation Authority,...

Three new members for ABTA board

Three new members for ABTA board

ABTA has appointed three new directors to its board. Ruth Marshall, managing director of RCL Cruises; Garry Wilson, chief executive of easyJet holidays; and Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI Northern Region, will all take up new seats.ABTA chairman, Alistair Rowland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ruth and Garry...

UKinbound calls for risk-based framework for tourism reopening

UKinbound calls for risk-based framework for tourism reopening

UKinbound has presented the government with three key critical asks ahead of the prime minister’s expected announcement on the re-opening of international travel, due in April.The asks were included as a key component of the association’s global travel taskforce submission. Create a risk-based reopening framework – including both short-haul and...

ABTA reports increase in package holiday demand

ABTA reports increase in package holiday demand

New research from ABTA, which represents the interests of travel agents, has found a growing trend for holidaymakers seeking the security of booking a package holiday with a travel professional.As consumers wait to hear from the prime minister early next month about plans for restarting international travel, ABTA’s data finds...

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