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Is this the end of the Austrian ski holiday?

About half a million British skiers enjoy the slopes of Austria each year, famed for enjoyable skiing as well as the very tradition après ski. Sadly this could be coming to an end as Austria has decided to implement a law that ensures all employees must be paid a minimum wage of approximately 1,000 Euros a month, which relates to about £800.

This move will significantly increase costs for British tour companies that usually pay their staff lower amounts than that but include accommodation, lift passes, food and other benefits. A number of companies that specialise in skiing in the winter months, which includes names such as Inghams, Ski Esprit, Ski Total and VIP have, over the years, run their own hotels and chalets. These have been run by British staff and these companies are saying that it will be impossible to continue to offer skiing at previous competitive rates if they are forced to pay Austrian minimum wages. (more…)

Ski hosting hits Italy now


The French Ski resorts have made ski hosting illegal since last year and now it looks as though Italy is about to follow the French example. Problems arose in France when tour operators’ used their own employees to take small groups of good skiers, red run competent at least, on a guided trip around marked and groomed pistes. Company rules forbid them to go off piste or onto black runs.

Catalonia comes top as the best destination to buy a holiday home


Looking for a destination to buy your holiday home in? Well the hard work has been done for you by the clever guys and girls at Schofields Ltd. An infographic, commissioned by the holiday home insurance provider shows that the best place to buy a holiday home in the world is Catalonia. With a bustling tourism sector, high rental yields and low property prices, a holiday home in the Catalan region could earn up to 18.59% return on investment per year.

Mickey Mouse gets a bailout in Europe

Euro Disney

Euro Disney on the outskirts of Paris has seen a steady decline in visitor numbers since its peak years following the opening in 1992. The news is that it is having to get a lifeline hand out from owner Walt Disney Company so that it can service its rising debts and decline in visitor numbers.

Thomson Airways threaten strike action over Christmas

Thomson Airways

If you have booked with Thomson for a Christmas break, you may have to endure delays or possible cancellation if the ballot planned to take place between November 19th and December 10th results in strike action by crew controllers and their assistants, who organise staff rotas and cover.

Smaller regional airports are better

London Southend Airport

Figures that have been put out by consumer champion magazine Which, have suggested that smaller airports score more favourably with the passengers when compared with the larger terminals. The experience of flying from small airports can be compared to getting into your car at your home in preference to queuing at the bus station for transport to your destination. Naturally a smaller operation that does not have huge numbers of passengers to contend with should have fewer problems deal with.

A Croatian getaway – Dubrovnik


The beautiful, walled and fortified Town of Dubrovnik is well worth a visit on its own and is a great one stop city destination. More importantly it is the gateway to some fantastic Dalmatian coastline and the Balkan region. With visitors from the UK growing year upon year, it should not be too long before the numbers exceed those of 1990 before all the problems there arose.

Call to scrap the ban on term time holidays

Busy Beach

Council Leaders are calling for the ban on parents taking children out of school to go on holiday during term time should be scrapped. Since September last year, local authorities have been obliged to fine parents who take children out of school for unauthorised absences. These leaders are suggesting that the newly imposed rules do not take into account complexities of modern family life; but educationalists believe firmly that children will miss out, particularly in the latter years of schooling as they come up to GCSE examination time.

Ebola puts some safari holidays on hold


Tourism is vital to parts of Africa and particularly countries such as Kenya which relies very heavily on the tourist trade. So the last thing that it wanted is a lack of visitors through the scare regarding the outbreak of Ebola. Potential visitors are hesitating to visit countries such as Kenya and South Africa where there have been none or few reported cases of the disease. But travellers seem completely unaware of the massive distances that separate countries on that vast continent; as one tour operator is reported to have said, “It is difficult to defeat fear with logic”.

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