Thursday, October 27, 2005

Yahoo travel goes communal

Yahoo has big plans to turn its travel facility into a participatory arena where any Joe Bloggs can go and add thoughts, advice and of course the obligatory photos. The 'trip planner' tool will enable users to share their itineraries and discoveries either publically or with a select group of family and friends.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Older travelleres denied cover

Studies conducted by the British Insurance Broker's Association have found that up to two thirds of travel insurers will not supply cover for the over-70s.

With tour operators increasingly aiming deals at older travellers they make up a sizeable, and often affluent, section of the tour industry and so refusing to insure them could be a big mistake.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Bargain cruise company collapse a sign of the times?

With debts totalling £1.8 million a Romford-based discount cruise company has recently gone bust, shedding 340 employees along the way. Experts in the market fear the collapse is a sign of the times with company's no longer able to sustain the heavily discounted holidays that customers have come to expect.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Thomas Cook deploys customer relationship technology

Thomas Cook has invested in a costly 6-month program to track and target its customer services performance. The customer relationship management software will monitor changes in customer call patterns and transactions through the website in the hope of identifying and resolving problem areas.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Travel writer slams 'rubbish' Britain

Bill Bryson, the well-known Anglophile travel writer, has appealed to tourism specialists to clean up their act if they want Britain to remain an attractive tourist destination.

The American has decried British cities and popular attractions as a 'national disgrace' and warns that, unless the problem is tackled, discerning travellers will turn their noses up at Britain's charms.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Chinese travel market booming

Responding to increased demand from Western visitors, internal travel aggregator sites in China are cropping up all over the internet. Historically difficult to organise travel in China the news sites mean tourists can benefit from cheaper domestic prices, and book organise their trip before arriving in the vast country.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Avis best for car hire

Avis has been voted best hire car company of the year by Telegraph readers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Online agencies making it big

35 million consumers used the internet for travel planning inApril 2005.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Flight protection levy scrapped

The Civil Aviation Authority had put forward a proposed £1 levy on all flights to protect travellers if their airline went bust.

Amongst heavy airline criticism of the 'unnecessary' levy the Government has decided not to go ahead with the imposed cost.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Holiday flight delays soar

Studies have shown that a third of all flights from UK airports suffered delays in spring an increase on last year's figures.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Government route means walking on water....

The £40m Government travel website has been criticised for failing to offer the fastest and cheapest routes. Despite Department of Transport officials claiming that the site is 98% accurate there has certainly been a fair number of teething problems - journeys that involve walking across water being just one example.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

.travel domain name goes live

The first '.travel' domain have now gone live but only for companies authenticated by Icann as being genuinely involved in the travel industry.

Some travel companies however fear that dot-travel will go the same way as dot-tv and dot-biz domains, i.e. not very far and so are reluctant to invest in yet another domain.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Airport strikes in France cause chaos

Strikes in two of France's major airports are predicted to result in the cancellation of nearly 400 short and medium-haul flights today, as well as causing major disruption for the capital's over and underground rail network.

With five if the countries biggest unions striking in protest of policies aimed at pepping up the sluggish French economy striking teachers, post office and government workers and bankers hope to force a re-think, although with many of the countries National newspapers also involved in the strike it may be a while before any impact is fully reported.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Bali bombings fail to shake tourist confidence

Almost 3 years after the initial blasts the holiday paradise of Bali has again been targeted by bombers. Leaving 27 people dead the chilling certainty that bombers were directly targeting Western tourist resorts could have catastrophic implications for the tourist industry.

Yet unlike the bombings of 2002 this weekends' tragedy has not resulted in people flocking to the airport desperate for a flight out of Bali. Perhaps it is our increasing awareness that nowhere is safe from suicide bombers, but it seems recent events will not destroy the lucrative Indonesian tourist trade.