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XL bosses reunite in new
Goldtrail Greece venture
Lee Hayhurst.
Former Kosmar managing director Abhi Dighe Dighe said talks were still under way about a
THE FORMER boss of XL-owned Kosmar has has devised the programme for Goldtrail, which brand for the new Greece operation, but there
launched a new Greece programme for budget is looking for more upmarket early-booking sales. was a chance the Kosmar name could be revived.
Turkey specialist Goldtrail Holidays – with flights He said the new operation was working with a He said the range would be “60% to 70% self-
from the airline owned by former XL chief Phil number of airline partners, including seat-only catering” and aimed at families and groups, with
Wyatt. operator Kiss Flights, the trading name of some all-inclusive properties and mid-range hotels.
Viking Airlines will operate 12 flights a week Viking’s UK broker Meridian Aviation before it Goldtrail, which carried 260,000 customers
from Manchester airport and East Midlands was sold to Flight Options. Kiss Flights was set last year, said it would not have to increase the
airport to Greek islands, including Kos, Corfu and up by former bosses of XL’s Freedom Flights. size of its Atol to incorporate the Greece range.
Rhodes. “I aim to work with any airline offering capacity Dighe is working on a brochure for Goldtrail’s
Earlier this month Phil Wyatt’s new venture and flexibility in terms of rotations,” Dighe said. Greece programme, which is already available on
Black Pearl Investments took a 50% stake in “There are not many airlines that will work viewdata, as well as fam trips and agent training.
Viking Airlines through its Icelandic operation, with independent tour operators, especially for
BPI Iceland. high-season capacity.” ■ Aviation news, p28
ITT: a galaxy of
star speakers
THE ITT has confirmed its speakers for this year’s
conference, with a banker and experts in global
terrorism and organised crime joining headline
speaker Cherie Blair and Stephen Attenborough,
chief executive of Virgin Galactic.
A brochure with the full details of the event
in Dubai on June 8-11 was sent to delegates this
Joining the wife of the former prime minister
among the speakers are Chris Pilling, HSBC head
TALK TO THE HAGGIS: Jimmy Martin, president of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Asso- of direct banking, and award-winning journalist
ciation, performs the traditional addressing of the haggis during the 79th annual SPAA Misha Glenny, an expert in organised crime and
Dinner. Looking on (from left) are guest speaker David Dingle, Carnival; Roddie MacPhee, the pitfalls of globalisation.
SPAA; and guest speaker comedian Sanjeev Kohli. More photos: Economist John Walker of Oxford Economics
will talk about the world economy and its impact
on travel and there will be a session on body
Dubai ticket offer
up to six operators at the exhibition, which takes language by Richard Newman, of UK Body Talk.
place on May 5-8. Also due to speak is Patrick Allen, executive
for Arabian show
Interested operators should email director of marketing of The Co-operative Travel, by March 17. which has just launched a first group-wide
The DTCM is also hosting 15 partnership dinners advertising campaign, featuring the Bob
THE DUBAI Department of Tourism and this year with operators at locations in the UK Dylan song Blowin’ in the Wind and costing
Commerce Marketing is offering six travel firm and Ireland, to reward top-selling agents and £75 million.
bosses the chance to attend this year’s Arabian encourage Dubai business, and launched market- The line-up is completed by Peter Rothwell,
Travel Market in Dubai in May as its guests. ing initiatives to strengthen trade relationships. Kuoni chief executive; Manny Fontenla-Novoa,
The Dubai body is offering show passes, flights Thomas Cook chief executive; and terrorism
and accommodation for one senior person from ■ Arabian Travel Market preview, p10 expert Lord Carlile of Berriew.
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