Posts Tagged ‘ TUI ’

Where to go in 2012

Jan 1st, 2012 | By

Ever read any of those tips for “hot” holiday destinations for 2012? Do you follow them? Do you believe them?
I have been ploughing through some of the tips from some of the more well-known publications and companies and the thing that I find interesting is that they hardly agree with each other.

Look for the ATOL logo

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By

The familiar slogan goes, “Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it.” Regardless of what you think of the viability of Thomas Cook – or even TUI or any other ATOL bonded travel company- you can still book confident in the fact that your money, if not your holiday, is as protected as it could be.

Holiday Trends

May 10th, 2011 | By

Perhaps the best indicator of how confident we are about taking holidays comes from the recently released half yearly figures from TUI (owners of Thomson, First Choice, Falcon, Crystal, Citalia, JWT, and Austravel amongst other brands) and Thomas Cook (who own Airtours, Direct Holidays, Neilson, Club 18-30, Sunset and other brands.) Between them, these two move about 9 million holidaymakers per year so what they report is a pretty good guide given their dominance in the holiday market.

All-Inclusive Holidays

Apr 9th, 2011 | By

The announcement by the TUI group that, from next year, its First Choice brand would only sell all-inclusive holidays tells us a lot about the way overseas holidays are being seen by us, the holidaymaker. Why has TUI taken this decision? They say that, over the last 5 years, the demand for all-inclusive holidays has jumped by a third and that about two thirds of all holidays sold under the First Choice name will be all-inclusive holidays.

Holiday Prices Rise

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By

After yesterday’s fuel surcharge announcement by Thomas Cook comes a similar announcement from TUI, owners of Thomson and First Choice Holidays. I suppose it was only to be expected. The airlines have been increasing their surcharges and it was probably only a matter of time before those tour operators with their own airlines would soon follow.
So how much might this cost you?

Changing the ATOL Scheme Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

Yesterday the transport minister, Theresa Villiers, announced reforms to the way holidays are bonded. Or rather she announced what the government proposed to do subject to consultation. After that, and provided there aren’t suggestions, watered down ideas or whatever, the legislation will come in until the end of the year.

Staycations and Tour Operators

Aug 13th, 2010 | By

Both TUI (the parent company of Thomson, First Choice and Crystal) and Thomas Cook announced results this week. Each seems to have been hit by people booking later and by people holidaying at home. Eurodisney also announced that they had been helped by more French people visiting their resort outside Paris so it seems as though the staycation, whether you are in France or the UK, is having an impact on tourism and travel. And now we have David Cameron making a speech on tourism and urging us to holiday at home (More on this over the weekend, when I have properly read it. I can’t remember a Prime Minister making a speech on tourism before.)

Easter Holidays

Mar 25th, 2010 | By

I was quite surprised to find yesterday that the first local school had just broken up for Easter. In my mind it was still weeks away but in fact Good Friday is only 2 weeks tomorrow.
After the winter we have had it wouldn’t surprise any of us if bookings to the Spanish resorts and warmer areas was the main appeal but personal finances being what they are, some of us will think of taking no breaks at all. And for those that do go, there could be quite a few handicaps to going away. First there are the railways. The RMT union is considering scheduling a nationwide strike because of what it says are safety issues that may occur when Network Rail lays off staff. . You probably need to be an expert to know if safety was an issue. Needless to say, Network Rail says there is no problem and you have to wonder whether if safety was the issue, the union wouldn’t have called the strike as soon as it legally could. By striking at Easter, the cynical amongst us begin to wonder.

How Long Will Your Holiday Be?

Dec 12th, 2009 | By

This is the time of the year when the new holiday brochures are being prepared to be sent out to shops so, that come the days after Christmas, we can pick and choose where we want to go. In truth that has changed quite a bit and some destinations and tour operators were taken aback by how late some of us booked this year. In some cases panic was almost about to set in at some places because they thought they would never be able to sell these holidays. Next year, they are assuming that a lot of us will book as late as we did this year.

Summer Holidays in 2009

Oct 9th, 2009 | By

As the summer ends we are beginning to get a better picture of where we actually went and what we did this summer past.

Both Hoseasons and Park resorts who largely operate holidays in Britain, have announced that they did bumper business this year as did the caravanning industry. Some sites were full in August.

More on Travel Comparison Websites

Sep 10th, 2009 | By

Sites like TripAdvisor have been discussed before in these rumblings. The issues of small numbers for some hotels, biased reviews put up by the companies or their opponents themselves have all been considered.

Going Abroad with Tui and Thomas Cook

May 15th, 2009 | By

This week saw financial figures released from both TUI (owners of Thomson and First Choice) as well as Thomas Cook (who also own Airtours). As these four brands are the dominant players in the overseas package holiday market, their comments give a better idea than anyone else’s about what we, the holidaymaker, are going through. Both have cut the number of holidays to try and match the downturn. Both are down about 14% in the number of holidays they have sold and both have almost
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