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Virgin invites shoppers to try virtual holidays in a booth Shoppers can ‘Try on a Holiday’ at various shopping centres. An interactive booth will ‘transport’ visitors to Cancun, Barbados and Walt Disney World via items of clothing, plus sights, smells, tastes and a ‘local’ on hand to help. Anyone who posts a selfie from the booth, using Virgin


“There is a risk businesses will move to centres where protection is cheapest”


The DfT’s Kate Jennings voices a fear about changes to the PTD


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Holidays’ #Flaunt It hashtag, will be entered into a draw to win one of three Experience Day vouchers. The booth will be at Intu Lakeside, Essex, on January 29 and at Westfield, London, on January 31.


Just Sunshine marketing chief Mansell passes away Just Sunshine marketing manager Chris Mansell has died. Mansell enjoyed a long career in the industry, working for Wings Abroad and Kosmar as UK sales manager. Prior to that he held roles at Olympic Holidays and Horizon. Three years ago he joined Just Sunshine, which protected the bookings of Wings Abroad when it suspended UK operations in 2012.


Do Something Different dangles Dubai trip incentive Do Something Different has launched a booking incentive offering agents the chance to win a place on an experience- led fam trip to Dubai. For every worldwide ticket sale made with Do Something Different before March 31, agents can enter by emailing the details to WIN@ dosomethingdifferent.com, with ‘Come on holiday with DSD!’ as the subject line. A bonus entry will be received for all Dubai experience bookings. Winners will be notified by April 15 and the trip will take place in May.


Online UK bookings hit an all-time high at Hoseasons Hoseasons reported a record online sales day in the second weekend in January, with UK bookings up 16% over the previous week. Both online and offline demand for domestic holidays outstripped that in the same period during 2014. Lodge holidays performed well with bookings up 17%, while boating holidays started the year 12% up.


Iglu wins accolade at first Celebrity Cruises awards Celebrity Cruises honoured top trade partners during its first Agent Appreciation Awards. Eleven awards were presented and winners included Iglu.com for top cruise specialist for guests. Iglu’s Simone Clark (centre), picked up her gong from Celebrity Cruises’ Nicki Tempest-Mitchell (left) and Jo Rzymowska.


Tipto afternoon tea serves up key


time to network Tipto has held its second annual afternoon tea event for members to network with key trade partners. A total of 47 agents and operators


attended the event at London’s Haymarket Hotel, where chairman Zena Calderbank announced the organisation was attracting more agents than ever to its national roadshows. “We are also attracting lots of homeworkers,” she said. Seven of Tipto’s 14 members are new to the organisation this year. Tipto also announced it is putting together a promotional video to show at events and confirmed it will be working with Travel Weekly as media partner for a second year.


Olympic and Monarch resume commercial terms Olympic Holidays and Monarch Airlines have resolved a dispute over commercial terms which saw the two firms cease working with each other for four years. The fallout over a decision by


Monarch to withdraw its supply of seats through Avro to the eastern Mediterranean specialist operator culminated in a High Court case, brought by Olympic parent Travelworld Vacations, which began last October. After talks over a new deal collapsed, Monarch issued a deadline to Olympic to take all references to Monarch flying off its website and wrote to trade partners to stress the airline would not be supplying the operator with any seats that summer. At the Institute of Travel &


Tourism conference in May 2011, the dispute saw Olympic managing director George


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Monarch confirmed


it has started selling seats to Olympic again


Michalias publicly challenge the then-Monarch owner Fabio Mantegazza about the decision as he took questions during an interview on stage. The two firms had not worked with each other since and, on October 27 last year, a court case began in which Olympic accused Monarch of over-charging it £4.5 million for taxes, insurance and passenger fees over a period of six years from 2004. However,


following weeks of hearings, Monarch and Olympic released


a joint statement saying


that the firms’ differences had been settled and the commercial relationship would resume. A spokeswoman for Monarch confirmed the two firms would return to trading and that Monarch had started selling seats to Olympic again.


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