Wednesday, February 22, 2006

More insurance for unprotected travellers

With the rise of independent travel there are a growing number of unprotected travellers, who are possibly unaware of the risks they face. A legal ruling defining package holidays has revealed that where many travellers thought they were protected by the agent, unless the deal was booked in one complete transaction with all the components dependent upon one another, then there is no protection if an agent or airline goes bust.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Winter Olympics set tone for Turin tourism

Formally overshadowed by the fashion of Milan and the romance of Venice, Turin is staking its claim of the tourism pie whilst hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Long held-dear by ski fanatics (Turin is home to the some of the best skiing in the World) yet the city itself is often over-looked if not completely ignored by snow-bound travellers.

Once the home of Italian film, in its hey-day Turin even provided the location for some of the most iconic cinematic moments from The Italian Job. It is now hoped that some of these famous landmarks will be recognised during filming of the games, and that the spectators flocking to the slopes will venture into the town to explore its delights for themselves.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Holiday search costs companies big

Its good news for holiday companies, but bad for business; British employees spend so long looking for holidays online that it is costing British industry an average of £2.5bn per year in lost productivity.

A survey of 1,500 workers found that 4 out of 5 spend 25 hours researching and booking a holiday and check an average of 6 different sites, all from their work computer.