Thomson and First Choice are to introduce Vietnam to its winter 2017 programme. The Caribbean islands of St Lucia and Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba, which were new additions to its summer 2017 programme, will also be extended into the winter season. The move is part of continued interest in long haul destinations and builds on the 350 per cent increase in long haul holidays over a ten year period that the brands revealed last year.
TUI Group has confirmed it will migrate to a single brand across all its markets, in effect signalling the end of Thomson and First Choice. The companies have been mainstays of the UK holiday market for a generation. In a call to analysts TUI Group chief executive Peter Long said the migration to the TUI brand would take place over several years.
Thomson and First Choice have announced in summer 2015 they will be increasing capacity at UK regional airports through the introduction of 29 new routes including Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia, Marrakesh in Morocco and Antalya in Turkey, as well as the addition of further weekly flights for existing routes across the regions. The move to introduce these routes is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.
Leading travel company and home of all-inclusive, First Choice, has this week launched a brand new partnership with market leading Vue Cinemas aimed at bringing the ‘all-inclusive feeling’ to life in the UK. The partnership deal has been organised by Digital Cinema Media (DCM).
A plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport after being diverted from Birmingham Airport due to a minor technical fault. A spokesman for the airport confirmed that the First Choice flight, which was travelling from Barbados, landed safely after being at 05:40 GMT following the diversion.
Thomson and First Choice have confirmed they will add direct flights from Glasgow Airport to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to the bumper summer 2014 schedule. The move to introduce the routes is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.
For summer 2014, Thomson and First Choice will be flying twice a week to Palma, Majorca, and adding Ibiza to their schedule – tripling their service from London Southend Airport in just 12 months.
Thomson and First Choice holidaymakers will now have the option to speak to a member of the TUI UK & Ireland Social Media Customer Service team at any time before, during or after their holiday. The move will see the team increase to fifteen (twelve advisors, two senior advisors and one manager) all working shifts to be online 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Thomson and First Choice Facebook and Twitter pages.
Following the release of TUI Travel PLC’s results to the city, Thomson and First Choice can confirm that the holiday market, despite the economic uncertainty, is in good shape.
First Choice has announced the launch of a new brand-building campaign as it seeks to move over to an all all-inclusive offering from May 2012. Shot at the new First Choice Holiday Village Tenerife, the advertising campaign will appear on TV and in the national press.
In support of the bravery Britain’s Police Force has shown this week Thomson and First Choice will allow police officers to rebook their holidays without incurring any extra charges.