Abta17: Travel Weekly coverage

Abta17: Travel Weekly coverage

With Travel Weekly again Trade Media Partner of The Travel Convention 2017, find all coverage of this year’s Abta event in Ponta Delgada, The Azores.

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Delegates dodge hurricane heading towards The Azores
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a travel alert this morning about Hurricane Ophelia

Comment: Monarch’s failure must sharpen minds over Atol
Now is the time to make changes to the incoming regulations, says Noel Josephides, Abta chairman

‘Document data compliance’ or risk heavy fines
Leading lawyer urges firms to comply with incoming GDPR rules

Gandys flip-flop brand founders address convention
Rob and Pail Forkan established business after being caught up in Boxing Day 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka

Solo travel, 3G holidays and touring among rising travel trends
Industry experts share insights on how to capitalise on growing markets

Travel faces ‘a generation’ of terror threats, warns activist
Maajid Nawaz now runs counter-extremist organisation Quilliam after having been radicalised as a teenager

2018 Travel Convention to be held in Seville
Will be 12th time Abta has hosted its Convention in Spain

‘Document data compliance’ or risk heavy fines
Damages claims will add to GDPR costs, warns lawyer

Aviation seeing ‘shake out’ of weak players as low prices become unsustainable
Director of Travel Trade Consultancy Martin Alcock said record low oil prices had allowed airlines to offer pricing not imaginable previously

Dnata Travel unveils new Gold Medal/Travel 2 bosses
Ex-lastminute.com MD John Bevan and Attraction World’s Nick Hughes appointed

Brexit talks ‘stuck’ and EU ‘playing hard ball’
‘Europeans believe May will fold’ Abta warned by Peter Foster, Europe editor of The Telegraph

Royal Caribbean to roll out AirWaves agent booking platform
Platform replaces Espresso for flights, transfers and hotels, and will be available for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises

Industry in ‘good shape’ despite uncertainty
‘No dent in consumer confidence’ insist Alistair Rowland, Stuart Leven and Richard Downs

‘Huge opportunity’ for travel industry as customers use holidays to shape their identity
Research analyst Tom Johnson addressed delegates saying increasingly holidays are less of a break from work and more about “saying something about who we are”

Competition not other cruise lines but land-based holidays, says Carnival boss
Arnold Donald, president and chief executive of Carnival Corporation, told delegates to counter popular misconceptions that ship-based holidays are just for old people

Abta boss demands all flights levy after Monarch collapse
Chief executive Mark Tanzer hit out at the CAA and the government in his address to The Travel Convention in the Azores on Tuesday

Royal Caribbean ‘attracting younger generation’
Average age now 42, down from 49 four years ago and more than 13 years younger than industry average of 55, according to cruise line’s research

‘No firm immune’ from negative social media comments
Travel Weekly’s Business Breakfast hears that regulating ‘fake news’ is an almost impossible task, but travel companies that effectively respond to negative social media postings can enhance their reputations

Mobile devices drive online sales growth as shop bookings dip
Holiday Habits Report reveals online bookings growth from 76% to 83% in the last 12 months, while shop bookings drop from 19% to 17%

Carnival Corporation brands promise Wi-Fi improvements
The message came from the bosses of both brands ahead of president and chief executive Arnold Donald addressing the Abta Travel Convention in The Azores

Saving time and consumer confidence top poll of why to book with agents
Holiday Habits Report 2017 finds more than a third (38%) of holidaymakers used a travel professional in the last 12 months

Thomson Cruises to be renamed Marella Cruises
Transition will take place this month when operator rebrands as Tui

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