Thomas Cook

Travel Leaders hire Thomas Cook executives

Chris Mottershead, Kathryn Darbandi and Nicki Tempest-Mitchell to lead Barrhead expansion Travel Leaders, the owner of Barrhead Travel, has hired some of Thomas Cook's most senior executives as it looks to expand the travel agency.…

Saga protects Freedom bookings

Tour operator works with agents as they move to consortia Saga has confirmed that they will transfer the bookings of former Freedom Travel members to their new consortia.  Agents will be able to reclaim the…

Thomas Cook not a failure of travel, says…

Remarks given during opening speech at Tokyo Convention The failure of Thomas Cook was more a failure of corporate finance than a failure of the travel industry, according to the boss of ABTA. Speaking at…

Holiday

More Brits heading on holiday, reveals ABTA

ABTA gives industry health check in annual report The number of Brits taking a holiday is at its highest since 2011, according to ABTA’s Holiday Habits 2019 report. Overall 88 per cent of Britons took…

Winners announced at Advantage Big Celebration Lunch 2019

Advantage Travel Partnership hosted the fourth Advantage Big Celebration Lunch today to celebrate the consortia’s members. At the event, 21 awards were presented to members and business partners with 'mind reader' David Meade. Julia Lo…

ABTA comment: animal welfare guidelines on elephants

We’re changing our animal welfare guidelines on elephants, says Clare Jenkinson, senior destinations and sustainability manager The welfare of animals in tourist attractions is a priority for the work of ABTA and our members, and it has…

Technology spend up

Travellers are spending more on technology pre-holiday than on clothes for the first time According to new research from ABTA – the Travel Association, the pre-holiday spend on electronic items and accessories, such as smartphones…

ABTA’s safer trips for young travellers

Emily Eastman reports on ABTA’s young holidaymakers campaign ABTA’s young holidaymakers campaign aims to inform and advise young people (aged 16–23 years old) about how to have a fun and safe holiday. In recent years there…