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Abta issues warning to travellers in the event of the UK voting to leave the European Union

News headlines at the moment are dominated by the benefits or consequences, should the result of the referendum to be held on June 23rd result in the UK leaving the European Union. The latest big name to join in the debate is Abta the leading association of travel agents and tour operators.

They commissioned a report which was designed to examine what leaving the EU would mean for both the travel industry as well as both business and holiday travellers. The report was overseen and produced with the assistance of accountancy and management consultancy firm Deloitte.

The findings suggest that a vote to leave would not be in the best interests of both holidaymakers as well as business users. Abta was quick to explain that the many regulations that have been issued by the EU and implemented by the industry have had enormous benefit and a vote to leave could have a negative impact in the future. (more…)

Travel agents in the UK warned about fake US Dollars

News has been circulated amongst travel agents about a woman attempting to exchange phoney dollars for sterling; the police in the Cleveland area of the country have reported two cases when this happened. The area covered by the Cleveland police force includes Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland, and they reported that a woman entered an agency in Stockton on Tuesday March 1st with $2,000 and asked for it to be changed into sterling. On this occasion the agency refused and then the woman was reported to have gone to Darlington, where she was successful as they did carry out the exchange. (more…)

Flybe aims to attract families by cutting peak time fares

Ask any family looking at taking holidays in the school “out of term “periods and they will, almost without exception point to the huge hike in both airfares as well as holiday accommodation. Now as we all know, that there may be some unscrupulous people that may “jump on the bandwagon” and cash in on family’s plight, but in reality it really is down to supply and demand.

Strike on Eurostar threatens Easter family getaway

When disputes involving travel to holiday destinations arise and strike action is called, holiday makers are usually the ones who have to suffer the consequences, for many they are left bewildered why it is them and not the employers that bear the brunt.

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary supports the UK to stay in the EU

The battle between the two major budget airlines has seen an unlikely truce as Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary comes out firmly in the stay in Europe camp, agreeing with opposite number EasyJet chief, Dame Carolyn McCall who also claimed just a few days previously that a Brexit would see us return to the days when flying was ‘reserved for the elite’. She added that the era of cheap flights will come to an end and passenger safety will be put in jeopardy if Britain leaves the EU, a sentiment which was echoed by Peter Long, former boss of the Tui travel group that owns Thomson and First Choice. He went on to suggest that; “staying in the EU was essential to ‘protect the security of our holidaymakers”.

Increase in safe holiday destination bookings could cause an accommodation shortage

With booking to Turkey seeing a massive 75% drop on last year, rental home specialist Interhome is predicting that this year will see a severe shortage of accommodation in the destination that are deemed safe. Interhome has seen bookings to Egypt drop by 35% against last year, whilst bookings to Spain has increased 30% and Italy by 25%, long haul destinations Florida and the Caribbean are also performing very well a present.

Security experts brought in to ensure visitor security in Egypt

The problems that occurred after the bringing down of a Russian aircraft operated by budget carrier Metrojet, have had a devastating effect on the tourism industry to Egypt. The aircraft was leaving Sharm el- Sheikh returning to Russia when it was brought down, investigators believe a bomb was planted on the plane. This resulted in all carriers from the UK pulling out of flying to the Red Sea resort and until security at the airport was guaranteed to be improved they have said they will not return.

Best ever January reported by Hoseasons

Hoseasons has been established over 70 years and have been providing excellent holiday accommodation, particularly in the self-catering field. Boating holidays were a big part of their early successes and now they can boast over 20,000 places to stay situated, these are situated in coastal, city, countryside settings as well as boating both in Britain as well as Europe.

British families opting for safe holiday destinations

The number one priority for British Holiday makers this year is finding a safe destination when looking for somewhere to take their annual vacation. Global insecurity is on the rise and this has led to an increase in booking to record levels for what are seen as places that are safe, resulting in the western Mediterranean being the most popular choice.

Tube drivers’ union RMT to recommend a Night Tube Service

The London Underground Night Tube service was supposed to come on stream in September of last year, but agreement could not be reached between London Underground chiefs and the unions. The planned night service was due to take place, initially at least, on Fridays and Saturdays, on five lines, Jubilee, Victoria, Central, Northern and Piccadilly.

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