ABTA welcomed comments made by opposition leader David Cameron last week in Devon to appoint a dedicated tourism minister should he win the election, but was disappointed at a lack of concrete proposals for the outbound sector.
A new independent travel agents’ group has been established to represent independent travel agents in the UK. The Federation of Independent Travel Agents (Fita) will replace the Triton Travel Group super-consortium; which had previously represented the interests of two largest independent travel agency chains in the UK - The Global Travel Group and Worldchoice UK.
ABTA today launched its first ever Manifesto outlining ABTA’s position on the key lobbying issues facing the travel industry.
ABTA has submitted recommendations over the last two months on two out of three fundamental reviews of transport and tourism legislation being conducted in the UK and the European Union and will be responding on the third tomorrow.
Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection John Dalli gave an update yesterday on the Commission’s work on the revision of the Package Travel Directive.
ABTA today announced Travel Matters, a one day conference to be held on Thursday 3 June 2010 in Westminster.
A panel of industry experts last night concluded that there is considerable scope in the marketplace for innovative and savvy travel agents.
ABTA is advocating a very radical overhaul of consumer protection in the travel industry.
Passengers who are flying to the States, or transiting through the USA from 20 January will not be allowed onto their flight if they have not completed their US Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (or ESTA), and received validation to travel, ABTA advised today.
The annual ABTA Travel Trends Report cites ‘x-factor destinations’ - those with something new and unique to offer - and a desire for travellers to give something back to the destinations they visit, as key trends in British travel behaviour for 2010.
ABTA is calling on the Government to take action following the failure of Scottish airline Flyglobespan which has left thousands of people who booked flight only tickets stranded abroad and thousands more out of pocket.