in brief

in brief

n Travel centre lands ARTAC ticketing deal

ARTAC Worldchoice has contracted Norwich-based Travel Centre to be the new ticketing unit for 200 of the its non-IATA members. Travel Centre is expected to issue £3m worth of tickets in the first year.

n crystal reports on top-ten short breaks

Paris, Amsterdam and New York remain the top three short-break destinations from the UK, according to Crystal Cities. Berlin has come in at tenth, nudging Florence out of the top 10.

n embassy flags 60 bank holiday deals

Embassy Leisure Breaks is offering three nights for the price of two at 60 of its hotels over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Prices start from £129 at the King's Arms Hotel in Oxford with two nights' bed and breakfast and the third night room-only.

n jetlife sees shoppers hit UScities in droves

The strong pound and lower prices are sparking a wave of holidaymakers to head for shopping breaks in the US, Jetlife Holidays has claimed. The operator said Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta are all growing.

n ABCholiday extras adds to airport lounges

ABC Holiday Extras is adding four KLMUK airport lounges at London Stansted and Glasgow. It brings the number of lounges to 24 lounges at 13 airports.

n thermolia web site to be an education

Spa specialists Thermolia Travel has launched a 60-page Web site in a bid to educate agents. Managing director Miro Sajfert said: "Specialist knowledge has always been difficult to address. This is an good way of communicating our product." The address is


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