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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…

Industry joins ABTA at The Travel Convention in…

ABTA has successfully hosted its first Convention in Japan, with the 2019 Convention in Tokyo, writes Sam Ballard. The event brought together 430 industry professionals to discuss major issues including the failure of Thomas Cook,…

Marrakesh to host 2020 Travel Convention

Moroccan National Tourist Office to host next year's conference ABTA has revealed that Marrakesh will host the 2020 Travel Convention. The city, which last hosted a conference in 2005, has been named the first ever…

EasyJet Holidays to join ABTA

Airline to relaunch its holiday business across network EasyJet Holidays is to become a member of ABTA as the company pushes towards a relaunch at the end of the year. Speaking at the Travel Convention…

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Hays Travel buys up 555 Thomas Cook stores

Up to 2,500 jobs could be saved after Hays Travel acquired all of Thomas Cook's travel stores, following the collapse of the holiday giant last month. The operator said that it will re-employ a significant number…

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…

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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…

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Thomas Cook ceases trading

Civil Aviation Authority launches flying programme to bring home Thomas Cook customers Thomas Cook, the British travel company founded in 1841, has ceased trading after talks to try and save it ended without a deal.…