Holiday protection just isn’t working

Article by David Brice – Lecturer in Travel and Tourism This week saw the news that The Lowcost Travel Group has ceased trading. Whilst this does not surprise me, the timing of the failure does. The company owned several brands including Low Cost Beds which was used by the travel trade. This time of year… Continue reading Holiday protection just isn’t working

Excessive credit and debit card charges.

New rules have come into place recently that are supposed to prevent companies charging what the OFT feels are excessive credit and debit card charges. An investigation by the BBC, however found that many travel companies are still flouting the rules. It’s been the case in the travel industry for many years that airlines and… Continue reading Excessive credit and debit card charges.

Direct flights to Phuket, Thailand

TUI Travel has announced that it is to start direct flights to Phuket in Thailand from November 2013. The tour operator will be using its new 787 Dreamliner. Customers will be able to make bookings from 15 November 2012. Flights will be direct from Gatwick but it’s not clear whether the flights will be non-stop.… Continue reading Direct flights to Phuket, Thailand

The Shard visitor experience to be latest London attraction.

The Shard viewing platform is due to open on 1 February 2013 and will become one of London’s “must see” attractions. The Shard is the highest building in the EU and will be twice as high as any other London vantage point. The viewing levels will be between levels 68 and 72 and it is… Continue reading The Shard visitor experience to be latest London attraction.

New ATOL certificate regulations effective 1 October 2012.

From 1st October 2012, anyone who books an ATOL protected holiday or flight only must be supplied with an ATOL certificate.  The ATOL certificate is a standard document issued by anyone selling an ATOL protected holiday or ATOL protected Flight Only, which makes it clear how the trip is protected and by whom. As all… Continue reading New ATOL certificate regulations effective 1 October 2012.

To Helsinki and back

Dubbed the “White City of the North”, Helsinki is small in size but large in spirit. The capital of Finland sits on its southern tip, a short hop across the waters from Russia’s St Petersburg, and is arguably the number one up-and-coming destination in Northern Europe. The city’s magic lies in its ability to retain… Continue reading To Helsinki and back

Paris ‘most likely to cause rows’ for city break couples

A new poll has found that a third of those questioned admitted Paris would be the city most likely to cause them to argue on a romantic break, due mainly to the miserable nature of the French capital. Respondents admitted that, while the image of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees are likely to provoke… Continue reading Paris ‘most likely to cause rows’ for city break couples

Bare all on a nude cruise!

Travel agents are reporting a significant increase in the number of people going on nude cruises. Popular destinations include the Croatian coast, the Far East, the Caribbean and – not for the faint hearted – Alaska.  Bare Necessities, a nudist travel company, says in its brochure: “Sun-bathe, without fear of tan lines, by one of three fabulous pools.… Continue reading Bare all on a nude cruise!