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Why Barcelona should be next on your list for science-themed attractions
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Barcelona’s latest tourist initiative adds science to an already magical mix, finds Adam ShawClick here to download and save as a PDFThink of Barcelona and ...

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Sir Richard Branson says Austin launch most successful in Virgin history
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Virgin Group founder and Virgin Atlantic president Sir Richard Branson has hailed the airline’s Austin launch as its most succesful ever.Speaking during launch ...

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Airlines condemned for ‘cavalier approach’ to customers with sudden cancellations
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Airlines have been accused of taking a “cavalier approach” towards passengers following a raft of last-minute cancellations and delays.Consumer group Which? ...

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Travel House opens 17th store as high street business booms
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Travel House has opened a 17th store and revealed plans for at least one more branch by the end of the year as it enjoys a boom in business on the high ...

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Brand USA trials options to drive more sales for trade partners
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Brand USA is exploring options to drive more business to trade partners with advertising and marketing collateral featuring pricing and calls to action.The ...

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JG Travel Group to release Andre Rieu 2023 coach tour breaks
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The JG Travel Group is releasing coach breaks to the see Dutch violinist André Rieu’s new 2023 UK tour at midday today (Friday).Capacity has been increased by ...

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Comment: The dangers of a travel super brand
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Successful branding can be a mixed blessing when things go wrong, argues Steve EndacottThe recent TV and press coverage surrounding the mass cancelling of ...

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Singapore targets agents with discounted trips
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Agents are being offered heavily discounted trips to Singapore as the Asian nation promotes its recovery from the pandemic.Fully vaccinated travellers are no ...

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Blue Bay Travel tech recruit aims to expand agency sales
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Blue Bay Travel has appointed Matt Wood as its lead developer amid plans to expand its sales through agent partners.Wood re-joined the travel agency and tour ...

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Agents hit back at claims they were to blame for travel chaos
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Agents have joined Abta in hitting back at claims in The Times that they were partly at fault for the half-term travel chaos and had committted fraud.The ...

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Lastminute.com hits out at Ryanair screenscraping ruling
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European OTA lastminute.com has described a court ruling in France in favour of Ryanair as being not beneficial to consumers.The Paris Court of Appeal ruled at ...

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Costa del Sol wildfire forces evacuation of 2,000
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At least 2,000 people have been evacuated after a wildfire broke out in mountains above the Costa del Sol in Spain amid a heatwave.People from the centre of ...

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Japan reopens borders to international tourists
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Japan has reopened its borders to foreign tourists today (Friday) after more than two years of closure due to the pandemic.Travellers from 98 countries, ...

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Hans Airways starts second round of cabin crew training
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Fledgling UK long-haul carrier Hans Airways has started training a second group of cabin crew ahead of a planned start of flights to India.Ground training is ...

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Long-stay winter ‘workations’ released by Pierre & Vacances
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Pierre & Vacances has created long-stay holidays to enable people to work remotely from ski resorts next winter.The ‘workations’ combine self-catering ...

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Jet2 reduces Jersey schedule after reviewing demand
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Jet2 has reduced flights to Jersey from Manchester, Birmingham and London Stansted airports following a review of its schedule and demand.The airline currently ...

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G Adventures discounts as countries reopen
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Last minute discounts of 20% are being offered by G Adventures on tours departing before July 31 as more countries reopen to international travellers.The small ...

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Travel Village Group sponsors LGBTQ+ inclusive rugby club
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The Travel Village Group has shown its support for the LGBTQ+ community through its new partnership with inclusive rugby club Typhoons RUFC.The club is a ...

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FCDO relaxes Sri Lanka travel advice
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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has relaxed its advice for visiting Sri Lanka and no longer warns against all but essential travel.Last ...

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Play begins service from Stansted to New York
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Icelandic low-cost carrier Play expanded its US service on Friday with its inaugural flight from Stansted to New York Stewart International Airport.The flight ...

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Brightwater Holidays launches Essentials Collection with 10 itineraries
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Coach tour operator Brightwater Holidays has launched its ‘Essentials Collection’ with 10 UK-based, budget tours.Holidays start from £375 for a four-day break, ...

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Your Stories: How Now Lets Travel expanded from one to five stores during the pandemic
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The firm’s founder Paul Johnstone says he is reaping the benefits of helping people during the pandemicQ. What’s your background in travel?A. I’ve been in ...

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Agent Diary: Look out for one another as we battle the latest travel crisis
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Every morning has an element of “What next?”, says Hays Travel Gateshead branch manager Colin BurnsWell, as Henry V would say: “Once more unto the breach dear ...

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US to drop pre-departure testing requirement
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The US is to lift its requirement for vaccinated arrivals to provide a negative Covid test before departure from Sunday.The testing requirement has been the ...

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Apex Travel to host fundraising music festival
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A travel agency is organising a fundraising music festival for up to 500 guests to mark the current owner’s 40 years at the helm.Apex Travel in north Wales is ...

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Regent Holidays adds north Iceland flights and tours
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Regent Holidays has added flights and itineraries to the north of Iceland.The tours have been created to link with a twice-weekly service from Niceair which ...

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Tinie Tempah to headline at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife
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British rapper Tinie Tempah is the headline act at the first Lagoon Party of 2022 at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife.Known for singles Pass Out and Written in the ...

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Turkey advice updated after entry requirements dropped
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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has updated its advice on Turkey’s Covid entry requirements following the country’s removal of all ...

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Avalon Waterways christens latest suite ship
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Avalon Waterways has finally christened its 14th suite ship Avalon View – two years after the vessel was delivered.President Pam Hoffee told media and the US ...

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Luton airport Easter strikes called off
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Luton airport baggage handlers and check-in staff have called off plans for a strike over Easter after Unite union officials secured a deal to provide sick pay ...

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Tui to offer day-before bag drop services at Gatwick and Manchester
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Tui will offer ‘day-before’ bag drop services at Gatwick’s North Terminal and Manchester airport from Monday (April 18) to help tackle the problem of long ...

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Oceania Cruises to revamp two more ships
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Oceania Cruises is set to revamp its Riviera and Marina ships over the next 18 months.Every cabin on the 1,210-passenger ships will be “reimagined” and public ...

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Google and Skyscanner to display emissions data in Travalyst tie-up
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Google and Skyscanner will use a new system to collect and display flight emissions data thanks to Travalyst, the sustainable travel organisation founded by ...

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Four travel industry bosses join Tipto leadership team
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Four travel industry bosses have joined the leadership team of supplier marketing organisation Tipto.The additions are Luke Smith, head of international sales ...

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Anne Hathaway and Federer serve up new Switzerland advert
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Oscar winner Anne Hathaway is the latest Hollywood star to join Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer in a campaign to promote holidays in Switzerland.Last year, ...

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P&O Cruises unveils exclusive rum tie-up ahead of Arvia launch
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P&O Cruises has unveiled a tie-up with a Jersey-based distillery to create a rum exclusive to its fleet and first created and available on its new ship, ...

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US trade attacks extension of mask mandate for transportation
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The US travel trade has repeated calls for Covid travel restrictions to be abolished after Washington extended a federal mask mandate for transportation by two ...

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P&O Ferries cancels Easter Dover-Calais crossings
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P&O Ferries has been forced to cancel Easter weekend sailings between Dover and Calais after a ship failed a safety inspection for a second time.The Pride ...

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Delta reports March profit despite $1.2bn quarterly loss
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Delta Air Lines reported a return to profit in March despite recording a pre-tax loss of $1.2 billion in the first quarter of this year.US carrier Delta ...

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New leadership unveiled by Visit USA Association
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New leaders of the Visit USA Association (UK) have been confirmed.Julie Greenhill, director at Greg Evans Consultancy, has been appointed chair of the ...

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Gwyneth Paltrow to join Celebrity Cruises sailing
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Hollywood actress-turned-lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow will join a nine-night Italian Riviera & France sailing on soon-to-launch Celebrity Beyond in ...

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Wizz Air summer capacity rises 40% above pre-pandemic levels
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Wizz Air expects to operate 40% more capacity during the peak summer months than the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.The projection by the eastern and central ...

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First Jet2 flights take off for Athens
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Jet2 and Jet2holidays’ first flights to Athens took off from Manchester and Birmingham airports today (Thursday).The airline will run two flights a week to the ...

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Ambassador trust model protected agent commission after cancellations
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Ambassador Cruise Line’s independent trust model meant agents’ commission was protected when the cruise line was forced to cancel the initial two weeks of ...

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Comment: Travel desire is strong despite headwinds
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There is no room for complacency but customer demand is holding up, says Travel Weekly’s Lucy HuxleyThe prevailing mood in the industry this week remained ...

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Avalon’s sales chief says ‘2022 prices will never be seen again’
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Avalon Waterways’ UK sales chief has called on agents to take advantage of the line’s discounted summer 2022 prices that will “not be seen again”.Janet Parton, ...

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Price rise threat fuels early sales
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Travel agents are using the threat of potential price rises to encourage clients to secure bookings for this summer and next year.Rising supply chain costs are ...

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Become a Denmark Specialist and win a weekend in Copenhagen for two
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Image credit: ©World MappersDenmark is truly the Land of Everyday Wonder; with over 400 islands, more than 4.000 miles of white sandy beaches, the world’s most ...

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Virgin Atlantic champions its crew in new ad campaign
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Virgin Atlantic is shining a spotlight on its staff as part of its new brand and advertising campaign – the first in more than two years since the pandemic ...

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Sustainable travel: 5 best new eco resorts
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Clients looking for a low-impact stay? Laura French picks her top environmentally friendly resortsClick here to download and save as a PDF1. The Homestead, ...

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