Fleetway Travel collapses into administration | News

Fleetway Travel has ceased trading and gone into administration. The company also traded under the names of Exclusive Luxury Breaks, Explorer’s Collection, Late Bargains, Luxury Holiday Collection, Phone & Fly, Sail Away, Silversurfers Holidays and Travelsmart. The company sold a variety of packages to destinations across the world. Based in London, Fleetway had around 6,500 bookings in place when it collapsed. Most are likely to be protected by ATOL. “We are aware of a number of consumers whose bookings have been cancelled by Fleetway Travel as a result of government…

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Scottish travellers rue TUI cancellation decision | News

A TUI decision to cancel all of its chartered flights from Aberdeen for the remainder of the summer has been greeted with shock and disappointment by the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA). Flights, which included those to destinations such as Majorca, Tenerife, Ibiza, and Reus in Spain as well Turkey and Rhodes, have all been cancelled until October. The move comes against a backdrop of a wider reopening from the company. Joanne Dooey, president of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association said: “This is simply appalling news for Scottish travellers and…

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TUI to offer Covid-19 cover as destination network expands | News

TUI UK has announced its new Covid-19 Cover to provide added protection and give customers complete peace of mind while on holiday. The cover – which should be used alongside normal travel insurance – will be included for all customers travelling on any TUI holiday before December this year and applies to all new and existing bookings. Some of the items covered include overseas Covid-19 testing for suspected cases, overseas medical assistance if a customer contracts Covid-19 while on holiday and a dedicated emergency hotline. Any costs associated with an…

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WTTC calls on travellers to wear masks as borders open | News

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling. As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them. The advice from WTTC in favour of mandatory mask wearing comes from evidence that countries which are recovering faster and avoid second Covid-19 spikes are those where…

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Disney World to reopen in Florida this week | News

Walt Disney World is preparing for a phased reopening in the United States – with significant reductions in capacity. Magic Kingdom Park and the Animal Kingdom Theme Park will reopen on July 11th, while EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow July 15th. The decision has caused consternation, as Florida continues to record around 10,000 Covid-19 cases each day. After being closed for nearly four months, the parks are reopening with what is being called a “deliberate, responsible approach”. The company said it was drawing on experiences from the relaunch…

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American Express Global Business Travel launches Travel Vitals | News

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has launched Travel Vitals, a travel briefing platform that gives travel managers a single source for all the information they need before, during and after a business trip. Data is aggregated from hundreds of sources, allowing users to search travel guidelines by destination, airline, airport, hotel chain, train operator and ground transportation provider. The know-before-you-go tool shows travel restrictions for specific locations, while also identifying Covid-19 infection rate spikes and hot spots. The journey assistant is free and available to all travel managers, travel…

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Trafalgar to offer Best of Europe itineraries this autumn | News

In anticipation of a government announcement on where it might be safe to travel this year, guided holiday company Trafalgar has launched its new Best of Europe 2020 series. The move opens up some of its most popular immersive and hassle-free trips in Italy, Spain, Greece, France and beyond for travel this September and October. Exclusively for UK travellers, the trips will explore deeper into Brits’ favourite green-lighted European countries, while offering guests the peace of mind that their wellbeing needs are taken care of, with enhanced hygiene protocols and…

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Dubai unveils new tourism guideline ahead of reopening | News

Dubai has unveiled plans to reopen its borders to tourists from July 7th. The city hopes to welcome travellers from around the world while guaranteeing their safety under the guidance of the World Health Organisation. A series of new guidelines have been unveiled as the destination seeks to minimise any further spread of Covid-19. Helal Almarri, director general of the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing in Dubai, explained: “We are expecting tourism to come back quickly.” He added that it was vital for the world to reopen to travel,…

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On the Beach remains optimistic despite first-half loss | News

On the Beach recorded a first-half loss of £34 million in the six months to the end of March, compared to a profit of £12 million for the same period last year. The reversal in fortunes was pinned on the sharp slowdown in travel following the Covid-19 pandemic. Revenue slumped by two thirds over the period, to £21 million. The company did not declare an interim dividend. The bleak result included exceptional costs of £35 million, which the company said represented the estimated cost of Covid-19 to trading in the…

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Travel Corporation introduces wellbeing director roll | News

The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced a new initiative, adding to its comprehensive, new wellbeing and hygiene measures for every guest and team member. Fully appreciating clients’ understandable concerns in this new post Covid-19 world of travelling, the company is investing in a newly conceived, dedicated wellbeing director position who will be present on every Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold guided holiday (excluding Australia and New Zealand). TTC has already been an industry leader in establishing enhanced hygiene measures and physical distancing standards. The company has been collaborating closely…

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