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INDUSTRY TRAVEL NEWS www.opp.org.uk
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FEBRUARY 2010
NEW FLIGHTS
TRAVEL COSTS
Air China has started a four times
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weekly service from Wuhan to Macau,
Turkish holidays ‘more
the airline’s first service to the former
Portuguese colony and gambling capital.
Jin Air, Korean Air’s low-cost subsidiary,
expensive’ than Spain
INDUSTR
has started its first international route,
operating a daily service from Seoul to
Bangkok in Thailand. Jet Airways has Price hikes in Turkey have made it a destinations in our cost of living surveys
launched daily flights between Delhi,
more expensive holiday destination during 2008 but prices increased quite
India, and Doha, Qatar. Singapore
than Spain, despite its weakening significantly over the past year,” said the Rising
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Tourist commodity prices in
Airlines is preparing for a March launch of
its flight between Singapore and Zurich,
currency. Post Office’s head of travel money Sarah Turkey increased by 44% in 2009
Switzerland. airBaltic has restarted a
Research from the UK Post Office Munro. “Holidaymakers should be aware
route from Vilnius in Lithuania with a
showed that the cost of tourist that resort living costs have risen and weakened by 14% in the last year, and
three-times weekly service to Rome, commodities, including meals and are now 68% higher than in Spain, the the Jamaican dollar, which has fallen by
Italy. Ryanair has set up a base at Bari
drinks, in Turkey rose 44% in 2009 cheapest eurozone destination.” 21%. The Egyptian pound and the Thai
in Italy, flying to Brussels in Belgium
PEOPLE
compared to the previous year, pushing baht saw sales at the Post Office increase
and Paris in France, as well as Genoa,
Venice and Turin in Italy itself. The
the country 14 places down the list of Best-selling destinations by 23% and 26% respectively in the
company expects1.2million passengers
best-value destinations to number 22. Turkish lira has weakened by 7% against second half of 2009.
per annum to use the airport. Aegean
Costs in Spain, on the other hand, the sterling in the last year. The Post Tourism in Egypt and Turkey is also
Airlines has started two more routes fell 30% compared to 2008, making it Office saw annual sales of lira rise 44%, expected to benefit from investment
from its Athens hub in Greece: a daily
the fourth best value destination in the pushing it ahead of the Australian dollar in luxury hotels and infrastructure,
service to Tel Aviv in Israel and another
Post Office’s Worldwide Holiday Costs to become the company’s third best- including more efficient airports and
to Belgrade in Serbia. WestJet has
Barometer. Hungary was the cheapest selling currency (following the euro and roads, which will attract holidaymakers
launched a new route of three-times
TION
weekly flights from the soon-to-be
holiday location, followed by Thailand dollar) and top destination in Europe. looking for high standards at lower
Olympic city of Vancouver, Canada, to
and Bulgaria. Sterling is also performing strongly costs, according to the Association of
Phoenix, Texas, as well as a four-times “Turkey was one of the best value against the Egyptian pound, which has British Travel Agents (ABTA).
weekly route to Los Angeles, California.
DESTINA
The company has also begun a service
from Moncton in Canada to Cancun in
LATIN AMERICA
Mexico. Air Canada has launched a raft
of new services including Montreal to
Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and Samana
in the Dominican Republic, Ottawa
Lonely Planet
to Providenciales in the Turks and
Caicos Islands, Toronto to La Romana
gives top ten
and Vancouver to Varadero, both in
the Dominican Republic. Delta has
mention to
begun a service from New York JFK in
BUSINESS
the US to Puerto Plata in Mexico while
AeroMexico has launched a route from El Salvador Top of the tree | El Salvador beat France and Spain in the travel guide’s top ten
Puerto Vallarta to St Louis in Missouri.
jetBlue is taking on US Airways by
El Salvador, a country once known tourism development consultancy world of the country’s hidden charms.
launching a weekly service between
for its civil war, has made a surprise Panorama International. As more people visit, more people
Boston, Massachusetts, and Montego
Bay, Jamaica, the airline’s sixth Caribbean
entry into Lonely Planet’s latest top understand that their previous images
destination from the airport. AirTran has
ten places to visit, aligning it with Changing times of the country may need adjustment.”
begun flying from its Orlando hub in more traditional destinations such as “We see increasing interest on the El Salvador endured a long civil
Florida to Aruba. Frontier Airlines has
Greece, Portugal and the US. part of most major hotel names, war from 1980 to 1992, but Drechsler
OPER
launched a seasonal, four times weekly
The listing reflects the rising and a number of tourism projects said the country had moved on from
service between Orlando, Florida, and
VEL
prominence of the Central American and resorts are in various stages of this stage in its history. “The conflicts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Midwest
Airlines has launched two Florida routes
country’s residential tourism industry, development or planning,” he told ended almost 20 years ago. The
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from Omaha, Nebraska, to Orlando and
according to Stephen Drechsler, OPP. “Local tourism operators note government is democratically elected.
Tampa Bay until 15th April. executive vice president of US-based increasing awareness by the rest of the That’s old hat.”
UK AIR TAX INCREASES FRANCE NO 1... AGAIN RECORD UK RENTAL PLANS
A rise in UK air passenger duty at the end of the France has once again topped a list of the world’s The foreign holiday rental business has seen a surge
TING
year may affect tourism in long-haul destinations, best places to live. The 2010 Quality of Life Index from in enquiries as record numbers of Brits make early
such as the US, Caribbean and Australia. Bookings International Living magazine put the country ahead travel plans. Over one million people visited rental
ARKE
are expected to rise during 2010 as holidaymakers of Australia, Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand website Holidaylettings.co.uk in the first ten days of
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attempt to beat the tax rise, but then fall off after its in its chart, based on cost of living, climate, leisure the year, an increase of 55% compared to the same
introduction next year. and culture, environment, freedom and health. period in 2009.
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