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Abta fees to rise by 7% but some members to pay more or less
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Abta fees to rise by 7% but some members to pay more or less

Abta has increased its membership rates by 7% – but a change to how subscriptions are calculated mean some will pay more or less than the ‘headline’ ...

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Travellers ‘defy costs and conflicts’ for summer 2024 season
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Holidaymakers across Europe are showing “remarkable resilience” with their intentions to travel this summer, according to new research.The European Travel ...

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Cruise sales buoy InteleTravel growth in first quarter
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Homeworking agency InteleTravel has reported its turnover rose by 28% year on year in the first quarter of 2024, driven by “a surge in cruise bookings”.For the ...

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Border Force staff plan another Heathrow strike
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More than 500 Border Force staff at Heathrow airport are set to take a further three days of strike action in a dispute over a new roster.The strike by members ...

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Interview: US Travel chief executive Geoff Freeman
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The boss of the USTA tells Robin Searle why he believes hurdles can be overcomeA benchmarking competitiveness study which ranked the US 17th out of 18 ...

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Ryanair says summer fares will be ‘flat to modestly ahead’
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No-frills carrier Ryanair has predicted its peak summer fares this year will be “flat to modestly ahead of last summer” as it reported profits have risen by ...

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Dame Irene Hays makes debut on Sunday Times Rich List
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Hays Travel owner Dame Irene Hays has made her debut on the Sunday Times Rich List, thanks to strong profits at the high street agency.She makes it into the ...

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ChatGPT will create jobs and not replace them, hears Advantage conference
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Agents at the Advantage Travel Partnership’s annual conference were reassured that the evolution of ChatGPT would not pose a threat to their jobs.Simon ...

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Advantage taking ‘quality over quantity’ approach to membership, says chief
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The chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership has stressed the consortium is more interested in getting “quality agents” on board than the overall ...

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Your Stories: Travel Circle manager David Cookson on 30 years in travel
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David Cookson, manager of Travel Circle in Longridge looks back at his career and tells Samantha Mayling why he’s taken up triathlonsQ. How did your travel ...

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Agent Diary: ‘We never accept a fam trip unless we see potential to sell the product’
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That one fam trip invitation resulted in both us and Royal Caribbean earning plenty of pounds, says Thompson Travel’s Sharon Thompson. I often think ...

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Advantage Travel Partnership outlines success of product communities
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The Advantage Travel Partnership has reported that a significant increase in bookings has been recorded by members who engage with its product communities and ...

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Everything you need to know about booking the best new villas in Greece
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A diverse selection of new properties makes Greece even more attractive for a villa holiday, finds Alice Barnes-BrownClick here to download and save as a ...

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Best places in the US for water activities
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The wild waterways and wildlife-rich coastlines of the US make a perfect playground for whale watching, kayaking and cruising, writes Katie McGonagleClick here ...

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Discover cowboy culture and Tex-Mex tastes in San Antonio, home of the Alamo
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As the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo turns 75, Andrew McQuarrie heads to Texas’s second city to explore its dude ranches and Riverwalk restaurantsClick ...

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How to book an LGBTQ+ holiday
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Sell LGBTQ+ holidays with confidence using these practical tips, writes India-Jayne TrainorClick here to download and save as a PDF1. “LGBTQ+ travel is not one ...

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Your guide to LGBTQ+ Greece travel for 2024
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With a bumper crop of milestone events, Greece is a fantastic place to send LGBTQ+ clients this year, finds Alice Barnes-BrownClick here to download and save ...

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7 of the best premium hotels in Spain
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Spend a bit more to upgrade your Spanish escape this summer and you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of high-end hotels, writes Cathy ToogoodClick here to download ...

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5 of the best Douro cruises
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Whether it’s wining and dining or soaking in historic sights, a relaxing Douro cruise offers plenty of Portuguese wonders, finds Alice Barnes-BrownClick here ...

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3 honeymoon experiences couples can’t miss
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With couples spending 13% more on honeymoons this year, according to the National Wedding Survey, Laura French asks three experts how to upgrade that newlywed ...

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A guide to Malta for first-timers
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Malta has fascinating sights in spades – and new national carrier KM Malta Airlines makes a great first impression for first-time visitors, Jo Fernández ...

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5 of the best new safari honeymoons to book now
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From the Okavango Delta to the Masai Mara, safari honeymoons are a perfect match for adventurous couples, finds Lina MolloholliClick here to download and save ...

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Level 1 – Global Measles
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Global Measles Level 4 - Avoid All Travel Level 3 - ...

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Use ChatGPT to ‘supplement’ staffing shortages, advises AI specialist
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Travel agents have been encouraged to use ChatGPT as a tool to “supplement” staffing shortages.In a workshop at the Advantage Travel Partnership’s annual ...

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Advantage’s managed service model celebrates 15th anniversary
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The Advantage Travel Partnership will mark the 15th anniversary of its managed service business model next month.The Advantage Managed Service (AMS) model was ...

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Advantage cruise conference to take place on Ambassador ship
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Ambassador Cruise Line ship Ambience will host The Advantage Travel Partnership’s annual cruise conference this year.The three-night Advantage Latitude ...

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MSC Cruises to show Euros games on ships this summer
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MSC Cruises will show UEFA Euro 2024 matches on board some of its ships this summer.Games will be broadcast live on all of the fleet operating ...

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Use ex-UK sailings as ‘gateway’ to booking further-flung destinations, advises Celebrity boss
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Agents should use ex-Southampton sailings as a “gateway” to booking cruises to more far-flung destinations, advised Celebrity Cruises’ managing director and ...

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Get a taste of la belle vie with Ponant
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In association with: PonantSail the seven seas on board Ponant’s sustainable small shipsNothing beats stepping on board a Ponant ship for the first time and ...

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Anthony Daniels joins Ponant as UK & Ireland GM
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Anthony Daniels has been appointed as general manager for the UK and Ireland at Ponant.Daniels left Hurtigruten in February after nine years with the ...

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Tui expands retail network with two shop openings
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Tui opened two more shops in the UK this week as the agency pursues its strategy of expanding its retail network by “small numbers”.The shop in Bishop ...

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Advantage steps up training and development initiatives
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The Advantage Travel Partnership will offer more training and development services to members than ever before, with additional initiatives planned for later ...

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Silversea roles made redundant amid global sales restructure
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Silversea has restructured its trade reservation team, leading to redundancies in source markets including in the UK.The line said “fewer than 100” staff ...

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Agents achieve NCL’s Walk for Wellness target in two weeks
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Norwegian Cruise Line has hailed the success of its inaugural UK Walk for Wellness scheme, after agents successfully met its month-long walking target in ...

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Youth agency Kilroy develops slow travel range for solo holidaymakers
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Youth and adventure agency Kilroy has created a range of slow travel group tours for solo holidaymakers called Tripmates 23-31.The backpacking-style tours ...

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Irish Ferries acquires P&O Ferries vessel for Channel route
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Irish Ferries has acquired the Spirit of Britain vessel from P&O Ferries’ fleet, to be used on cross-Channel sailings.Irish Continental Group (ICG), the ...