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The end of Thomas Cook?

Sep 23rd, 2019 | By

At 2am UK time today the end finally came. The board of Thomas Cook called in the liquidators. The oldest tour operating company in the world had ceased business.



Should I even mention its name?

Sep 21st, 2019 | By

By mentioning the name of the company aren’t I just contributing to the doubts that any readers may have about buying a holiday from them?



The biggest tourism promotion of them all

Sep 20th, 2019 | By

Where the Japanese have been clever is that by picking some cities westerners might not know they are widening the knowledge to foreigners about what to see and do.



Thomas Cook Rewards

Sep 19th, 2019 | By

Thomas Cook Rewards is a scheme whereby customers can earn cash rewards on spending on groceries or clothes which can then be used to go towards their next holiday.



Travelling to the EU after October 31st 2019

Sep 18th, 2019 | By

ABTA has launched a campaign on radio and social media to reassure holidaymakers and travellers that flights, ferries and trains will still operate even in the event of a no-deal exit on October 31.



Hotels and booking sites told to toe the line

Sep 17th, 2019 | By
hotel room

The CMA said that it will be watching to make sure that these major brands stay true to their word.



Over 50 rail deals

Sep 16th, 2019 | By

This year I am pretty sure the promotion has run its course and most readers will find the time restrictions on when you can or cannot travel as being off-putting.



Go! Holiday in the Bahamas

Sep 15th, 2019 | By

Another way of helping is by continuing to consider holidaying in the Bahamas.



Prepare for SCA

Sep 14th, 2019 | By
Credit cards

Under the directive, all transactions over £28 must have two-stage authentication. As just about every travel product costs more than that, holidaymakers and travellers will be one of the first groups affected.



Drones at Heathrow

Sep 13th, 2019 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

Heathrow Pause is treading a fine line. Just one plane crash would remove that any sympathy the group has.



Spicing up Grenada

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

If cinnamon and nutmeg were the reasons that the island of Grenada got its reputation as the spice island of the Caribbean then tourism might be the reason why it thrives in the twenty-first century.



After just four months!

Sep 12th, 2019 | By

When oh when will we get a minister who knows something of tourism and iwho will stay in the job for a couple of years so that they become of use to the tourism industry?



When a reputation gets dented

Sep 11th, 2019 | By

Last Sunday, Paul Chan, the Financial Secretary for Hong Kong wrote that visitor numbers in August were down by 40% compared to the same time last year.



Which? and the airport survey

Sep 10th, 2019 | By

Reader then beware! As those financial ads say – look at the small print – or, in this case, look to see if the methodology is explained.



Stuttgart and Bauhaus

Sep 8th, 2019 | By

More convenient for Britons is Stuttgart and ideal for a city or short break. It also has links with Bauhaus.



Nessie and hotel reviews

Sep 7th, 2019 | By
Loch Ness monster

No, this isn’t a story about the Loch Ness monster recommending a TripAdvisor rating but you are close.



Disconnected passengers

Sep 6th, 2019 | By
mobile phone

Both the plane and the ground work in little cocoons. Breaking that, said Gaense, will lead to more personalisation than is currently available.



Flying to EU countries in 2020

Sep 5th, 2019 | By

UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU until at least October 2020.



Passenger power

Sep 5th, 2019 | By

Swap seats with someone and it doesn’t matter. Your password is unique to you so the content you receive is tailored to you.



Flying is dangerous

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

For those who say that the organisation is just being humorous, potentially scaring people about flying is not humorous



2019 Great British Beach Clean

Sep 4th, 2019 | By
beach

Sign up to a clean near you at: www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean and if you can’t find an event on your preferred beach, call 01989 566017 and find out how you can organise your own.



Arrests top 400

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By
Bottle shaped One Too Many campaign

The biggest group of those arrested was at Heathrow which might be explained away by the fact that it is our largest passenger carrier airport with 80 million passengers.



South America calls

Sep 2nd, 2019 | By

Flight bookings up until 31 July for departures in the next six months (between August 2019 and January 2020) from the UK indicate that key growth destinations include Ecuador (up 25.1%), Dominican Republic (24.1%), Costa Rica (20.3%) and Chile. (8.3%.)



The Indy Ski Pass

Sep 1st, 2019 | By

In North America they have launched the Indy Pass which is multi-resort ski pass covering 34 independently owned resorts across the continent.



Saturday snippets: August 31st 2019

Aug 31st, 2019 | By
Arc de Triomphe at night

In Paris the deputy mayor wants to ban tour coaches. In Saudi a theme park is planned and in australia, the Great Barrier Reef’s long term outlook has been downgraded.



Satisfied with your flights?

Aug 30th, 2019 | By
passenger flight delay compensation

Those people with more experience of flying – in this case people who have flown in the last ten years – are almost twice as likely to say that flying is getting better rather than worse.



Developing Uganda

Aug 29th, 2019 | By

Uganda has 54% of the population of mountain gorillas most living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga in southwestern Uganda.



Goodby to old Thomas Cook and hello to the new one

Aug 28th, 2019 | By

Thomas Cook had agreed that its largest shareholder, the Chinese company Fosun would take over the company. What does it mean for holidaymakers?