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44 TRAVEL TRADE NEWS


510 Travel Companies Still to Apply for September ATOL Renewal – CAA


510 TRAVEL businesses (out of a potential 1,127) have yet to apply for their September ATOL renewal. The the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is urging travel businesses to submit their applications well in advance of September 20, 2021 to avoid processing delays. The Authority says that while it understands the issues the travel industry is facing, it has a duty to protect consumers. Michael Budge, Head of ATOL Licensing at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “We would like to thank travel companies that have already submitted their application and supporting information for renewal in good time, as well as engaging with us throughout the process. “We understand the challenges the travel industry


is facing, but travel companies that have yet to submit their renewals are urged to do so as soon as possible. The earlier they submit, the more we can engage and support in the licence renewal process. “We are mindful that applicants are looking for


quick decisions, but reflective of the industry’s current financial challenges, things can take longer. Companies that apply late risk a delay in having their ATOL licence processed.”


Delta Air Lines Signs Agreement with Travelport Driving Retail Innovation


DELTA Air Lines and Travelport have announced a transformative global distribution agreement, designed to further enhance value-generation for the entire travel retailing ecosystem, including travel management companies, agencies, corporations, and travellers. The customer experience and value-based, multi- year content distribution agreement gives Travelport- connected travel buyers simplified access to Delta’s enriched content through the Travelport+ platform with enhanced retailing capability to better understand, compare and customise offers for travellers. “Our transformative new agreement with Travelport


is another big step in elevating retailing in the indirect channel ecosystem for the benefit of all customers and stakeholders,” said Jeff Lobl, Managing Director of Global Distribution for Delta Air Lines. “In addition to the value-based commercial model, we thank Travelport for their partnership and commitment to continually enhancing their agency workspace.


“This ensures customers have easier access to all products, whether they are a corporate traveler shopping within travel policy or a leisure traveler finding the right itinerary for their holiday.”


Travelport continues to evolve its worldwide retailing platform, Travelport+, with the next generation retailing tools and merchandising capabilities that provide long term value to the travel agency channel. An intelligent, multi-product display gives Travelport- connected buyers the ability to easily access the wide array of available products from all of Travelport’s global air partners, compare those to find the best options, and select the right choice for their customers. “This new agreement emphasises the shared commitment of both Travelport and Delta to improve the way airline products are retailed and make it easier for agents to help travellers choose offers that deliver the most value to them,” said Jason Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Partners at Travelport. “We look forward to continually evolving and delivering the tools that Delta and all of our travel partners need to effectively reach and engage the entire spectrum of buyers.”


Delta’s omni-channel, customer-centric approach invests across all channels to provide consumers with an elevated shopping experience within their preferred channel. This emerging approach to retail transformation will create value for all stakeholders in the ecosystem by enhancing traveler experiences and expanding customer choice.


“Today’s announcement is another innovative milestone for Delta and the industry, as we continue to strengthen our partnerships for the benefit of our customers,” said Lobl.


Don Clarke to Represent Balkan Holidays in Northern Ireland!


DON Clarke, Founder of DCM Sales Representations in Northern Ireland has been appointed to represent Balkan Holidays. Don will cover all sales activity for Balkan, including agent sales visits, attending trade shows and events. Don is a well-known face among travel agents in Northern Ireland and many will be very happy to see him when he begins visiting agents.


“I know all the agents in Northern Ireland very well


and I’m really looking forward to promoting Balkan Holidays wide range of holidays to them,” Don said. Don will start agent visits from August 30.


The UK tax year has long been an international anomaly - would you welcome a change?


ITH a tax year beginning on 6th April, the UK tax year has long been an international anomaly. However, a recent study has shown that there is widespread support across the UK business sector to change the tax year to be more in line with the rest of the world.


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We chatted to David Redfern, Tax Preparation Specialist and Director of DSR Tax Refunds Ltd, who explained what a change to the tax year could mean for UK companies.


The UK tax year runs from 6th April to the following 5th April and has done so since 1752, but this is in stark contrast to the situation in the rest of the world with most countries, including the US, Canada, Germany and France, having a tax year which runs from 1st January to 31st December. A recent study by accounting firm BDO has demonstrated that most UK businesses back a change to the UK’s tax year to bring it in line with the tax accounting situation in most other countries. The tax year survey, which gathered the opinions of 500 UK companies with a revenue between £10M and £300M, showed that 91% of small businesses in the UK would favour a change to the tax year. Mr Redfern said: “The UK’s tax year is anomalous when looking internationally, with most countries favouring a tax year that runs in line with the calendar year. Even Australia, which runs its tax year from July to June, at least doesn’t split months – the UK is the odd-


one out, not only because of its April start but also that it splits the month of April between two tax years, which just adds to the complexity of tax accounting. This latest survey shows that many businesses, especially those with an international presence, would welcome a change to the tax year to bring it in line with the international majority. “Not only would a change make things simpler for small businesses, but those with international subsidiaries would find it particularly beneficial in aligning their accounting across the board. It would also make things simpler for HMRC to bring into line internationally, especially when dealing with companies which also have an international foothold. Of course, the last thing that business needs right now is additional administrative burden but certainly consulting on a change would be a welcome first step.” However, changing the tax year would be a complex process, with particular impacts on areas such as pensions and payroll, as most accounting processes working around a 6th April start date. “The Office for Tax Simplification is currently exploring whether there is any potential to change the UK tax year and those more complex areas,” Mr Redfern added, “especially surrounding pensions, will need thorough consideration before any definitive decision is made but it is to be hoped that the voice of small business is heard – in order for UK businesses to prosper and thrive going forwards, difficult decisions


The Harbor Club Saint Lucia Reinforces its Commitment to Travel Agents in UK & Ireland


THE Harbor Club Saint Lucia is reinforcing its


commitment to the UK and Irish trade with the aim of growing its presence and boosting agent knowledge within this key source market. Newly appointed PR agency, Orbis PR, will work alongside the retained Trade Sales team at Silva Lining, to ensure agents are always up to date on the hotel’s latest developments, have access to information on its latest booking incentives and are aware of new opportunities for training and education. The Harbor Club has plans to redefine its offering with a series of new developments launching in the coming months.


With the aim of helping agents to secure sales, Silva


Lining and Orbis PR will endeavour to boost awareness of these updates, clearly defining The Harbor Club’s positioning and offering agents key selling tips to help them successfully secure those all-important bookings. Suzy Trott, Founder of The Harbor Club’s retained trade sales agency, Silva Lining, comments: “The Harbor Club has exciting plans to redefine its product with a series of new developments coming in the next few months. What better time to enhance our trade focus and ensure agents are fully up to speed on our offering.


EX-RBS boss Stephen Hester has been named as successor to current easyJet Chairman John Barton. Barton will step down from the role in December after nine years in role. With more than 30 years of experience under his


“We have many ideas for trade focused initiatives and our aim is to ensure all agents can successfully sell this product. “With the support of Orbis PR, we will clearly define these developments as well as set out our positioning and highlight our key guest demographic.”


may have to be made and once we are past the worst of the Covid19 pandemic, aligning our businesses with international convention could have the potential for a brighter future.” The Office for Tax Simplification is an independent adviser to the UK government and looks at ways to simplify the tax system for businesses and individual taxpayers.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW for the NITN Events on Tour Roadshow!


WE are excited to announce the FANTASTIC list of Top Travel Suppliers that will attend the NITN Events on Tour Roadshows on the 14th, 15th & 16th September 2021. Our Suppliers will hit the stage for presentations, giving you latest up to date information regarding their products and services, along with the chance to win some amazing prizes!


Live entertainment and hospitality are courtesy of our


headline sponsor VIBE by Jet2holidays, where you will see Kat give you the full run down on everything VIBE by Jet2holidays have to offer!


Suppliers will be: Jet2holidays, Spring Hotels, Constantinou Bros Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Stena Line, Portaventura, JTA Travel, Riviera Cruises, Tenerife Tourism Corporation, Ikos Resorts, Sani Resorts, City of Derry Airport


LOCATIONS


• Tuesday 14th September 2021: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast – 6.00pm • Wednesday 15th September 2021: Seagoe Hotel, Portadown – 6.00pm • Thursday 16th September 2021: Everglades Hotel, Derry/L’Derry – 6.00pm


Silversea Extend New Bonus Commission for Agents


SILVERSEA have extended its new bonus commission to their valued travel agents. Travel agents can now earn £150 Bonus Commission, automatically added to their booking, for new bookings


SCENIC & Emerald Cruises are relaunching their fantastic travel agent incentive, River Rewards & More after a 15 month hiatus due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.


The River Rewards & More agent incentive will relaunch on Thursday 12th August.


With River Rewards & More, travel agents can earn


on 2022 voyages sailing between 1 April to 31 December 2022.


Bookings must be confirmed between 16 August – 30 September 2021.


Scenic & Emerald Cruises Relaunch Travel Agent Incentive


luxury gifts for EVERY Scenic and Emerald Cruises booking they make. The more river cruises, escorted tours or ocean cruises they book, the higher the rewards, with the chance of earning bonus points for going above- and-beyond.


From designer fragrances to complimentary cruises, the sky really is the limit!


Ex-RBS Boss to Oversee EasyJet’s Post-Pandemic Recovery


belt, Hester will step into the role and steer the airline through its post-pandemic recovery. Hester was widely praised for restructuring RBS in the aftermath of its state bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.


In a statement, easyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Stephen at this important time in our history, as we continue to… take advantage of the many opportunities that lie ahead following the pandemic.”


Sept/Oct 2021 Travel News


Would Your Travel Business Welcome a Change to the Tax Year?


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