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Freedom agents given another six months to access Tarsc

Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 Freedom agents have been given another six months to access the Tarsc back office system. Discussions have been taking place between Vertical Systems and ABTA with regards to Freedom and Freedom PTA agents retaining access to their Tarsc back-office system following the failure of Freedom and Thomas Cook last..

Podcast: From electrical apprentice to If Only CEO

Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 Andy Freeth became an electrical apprentice when he left school, during which time he was living at home with his mum, paying her rent and borrowing it back to pay for his lunch. Fast forward several years and he's now CEO of If Only, one of the UK's top luxury tour operators. So where did it all go w..

The economic experience of a lifetime

Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 Why is this the very best time to benefit from the Experience Economy? This year is sure to be the worst the global travel industry has ever seen. COVID 19 will see to that and its challenges to our overblown global economy. So why start in the real economy - the Experience Economy now? Because it's a m..

If I were an airline boss….

Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 Tim Williamson, customer director at Responsible Travel and formerly a director at Monarch and TUI, outlines what he would do if he was the boss of an airline to secure its long-term survival... "Over the last 12 months two major UK airlines, Thomas Cook and Flybe, have gone under, taking with them at least 23,..

Viking Cruises suspends all worldwide operations until May

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 Cruise line Viking is suspending all worldwide operations for the next six weeks due to the 'exceedingly complicated' coronavirus outbreak. It is halting all river and ocean cruise operations until May 1. Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the drastic move in a message to booked guests and travel par..

Virgin Voyages postpones Miami launch event

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 Virgin Voyages' presentation of its first ship Scarlet Lady in Miami has been suspended. A two-night event for the travel industry and media at PortMiami won't go ahead as planned due to coronavirus fears enveloping the cruise industry. "We want to ensure everyone feels it is the right time to celeb..

River cruise ship quarantined in Cambodia

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 Cambodia has quarantined a river cruise vessel after the country's third confirmed coronavirus case.. Cambodian health minister Mam Bunheng said a UK tourist aboard the Viking River Cruises ship tested positive and is now in isolation in a Cambodia hospital. The ship sailed up the Mekong River from Ho Ch..

Travel Counsellors launches helpline for worried agency owners

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 Travel Counsellors has launched a helpline for travel agency owners facing turbulent times amid coronavirus uncertainty. Former head of Freedom Travel and now head of franchise sales at Travel Counsellors, Matt Harding, says: "Now more than ever it's key the industry pulls together to support each other,..

Insurance giant suspends sales of travel insurance

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 Insurance giant LV has confirmed it is suspending the sales of travel insurance in light of the coronavirus pandemic. An LV spokesperson told TravelMole: "In light of the significant impact that coronavirus is having globally, LV has taken the difficult decision to pause the sale of travel insurance to new cu..

Latest changes to booking and payment policies

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 Disneyland Paris has waived change and cancellation fees until April 15 for stays in its hotels until June 1, which can be postponed until October 15 2020. For all new reservations made through April 15, it is offering free cancellation for arrivals before October 15, exluding transportation. Although the par..

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