Posts Tagged ‘ ABTA ’

Where the Experts say You’ll Holiday

Jan 2nd, 2010 | By

Just before Christmas, we mentioned a few ideas that some of the experts thought would flourish in 2010. Today we have the thoughts of another four groups on what they think, ABTA, IPK, STA Travel and the Intercontinental Hotels chain. You might remember that Mintel thought it would be another year of the staycation with days out and weekend breaks becoming more prominent. And Euromonitor forecast the rise of pop up hotels which could be assembled (and taken down) quickly and which would offer inexpensive accommodation.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) says that Sri Lanka, Mexico and Thailand will see more tourists from the UK than they had in 2009.

The Christmas Getaway Begins

Dec 18th, 2009 | By

Around here the schools have just broken up and kids are everywhere. But so are cars heavily laden with luggage so it is obvious that some people are leaving tonight for the Christmas break. Maybe they are all trying to travel before even more snow comes over the weekend.

ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) claims that today and next Wednesday will be two busiest days on the roads or at railway stations, airports and ferry terminals as people make the way off for the break. They estimate that 3 million us will be heading away of the Christmas period. This number is about the same as last year so our appetite for a break seems as strong as ever

The Foreign Office and ABTA are Pals

Oct 12th, 2009 | By

ABTA members will be able to provide holiday information to those people that they sell holidays to. The system, known as ABTA Travel Buddy, an irksome name if ever there was one, enables ABTA members to e-mail or text their clients (you and me) with information after we have booked. The information could be about the destinations we are going to, reminders about health insurance and what would be available in a country if there was a health emergency. In the event of political issues developing in the country, then Foreign Office advice could also be sent and travellers could be located if a real emergency arose.

The End of the Last Minute Holiday

Oct 8th, 2009 | By

In Barcelona away from the rain we’ve been having this week, travel agents who are members of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) have been gathering for their annual conference.

Some are saying that the era of the last minute holiday is ending. We will all have to book well in advance to get we went. Now this has been heard time after time after time and whilst the industry might well love the idea, it isn’t going to happen. Well not completely.


Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“Formed in 1950 by 22 leading travel companies, ABTA – The Travel Association – now represents over 5,000 travel agencies and more than 900 tour operations, throughout the British Isles. Our Members range from small, specialist tour operators and independent travel agencies through to publicly-listed companies and household names; from call centres to internet booking services to high street shops. All of them carry the ABTA logo, which means choice, value, and high levels of service. ”

The Budget and Holidaymakers

Apr 26th, 2009 | By

Last Wednesday was, of course, the budget. I have desisted a quick response because there is usually something lurking that takes a while to ferret out but so far those with more financial nous than me haven’t spotted more to affect tourists than those below. To listen to the industry you would have thought it was terrible because the chancellor did nothing about Advanced Passenger Duty (APD), and the tax rises he announced some time ago. The chancellor didn’t rescind the tax which is what
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So We Are Going Abroad for Easter: Why?

Apr 10th, 2009 | By

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), 2 million people are heading overseas for the Easter break. There are two important facts beneath this headline. The first is that there has been a large last minute booking rush by people so those people who have been saying that, more than ever this year, we are leaving it till the last minute appear to be right. Will this happen for summer holidays as well? For those of us who haven’t booked for summer yet,
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Summer Holidays Rush Begins?

Dec 27th, 2008 | By

With travel agencies opening for the first day after Christmas traditionally, today, begins the big booking period for summer holidays. Its cold across most of the country but dry on the whole and it will be bright.Why the weather forecast?Generally if it is raining, snowing or the weather is miserable then summer holiday bookings increase. The milder and nicer the weather, the sages tell us, the lower the bookings.Just before Christmas, ABTA and the Foreign Office released the results of a survey of 2,018 adults
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Compensation Schemes for Travellers

Dec 10th, 2008 | By

There have been a number of high profile collapses this year amongst them XL, Zoom, Online Travel Group and Fitura. The ABTA bonding scheme means that if you book your accommodation and flight together through an ABTA bonded travel agent you are protected. If you book them separately, you aren’t.If you pay for your flight, your accommodation, your car hire by a credit card (not debit card) then the credit card company assists.But if you pay by debit card, bank transfer, cheque or even that
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