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EDITOR’S COMMENTS


NEWS Hot Stories


04 – Parent urges airlines to cut child fares; Funway denies scaremongering; Viking bullish about growth; trade pays tribute to Ian Mounser; Cook ‘not to blame’ for Corfu tragedy


News Digest


08 – Silver Travel Awards shortlists; Cruise.co.uk expands; Virgin unveils Florida campaign; Iglu refinances


Special Report 10 – Abta Travel Law Seminar


News 12 – Obituary: Peter Stewart


NEWS YOU CAN USE Product News


15 – Brian May and Stephen Hawking sign up for Starmus Festival


Operator News 16 – Jet2holidays unveils cities brand


Cruise News 20 – Ponant incentivises trade 22 – Carnival brands pledge to improve agent relationships


Hotel News 24 – FRHI to build hotels in Egypt


Aviation News 26 – Birmingham invests in agents


ALL ABOUT YOU


Letters 28 – Ian Mounser and Peter Stewart


Comment 30 – Noel Josephides: online battle


All For You 34 – How to win a Fiat 500


Readers’ Lives 36 – Cover Star Yvonne Powell


Mystery Shopper 40 – Who’s top in Newton Abbot?


DESTINATIONS Family Holidays


43 – Holidays with parents and kids require a whole new approach 48 – Tips on spending APD savings


Greece & Cyprus


53 – There’s no need to sacrifice a holiday to learn a new skill 59 – Keep everyone happy in Zante


JOBS AND CLASSIFIED


63 – Vacancies and business services TRAVELWEEKLY BUSINESS


News


70 – Travel Weekly Business Breakfast: three-page special on Google’s take on the travel sector


Front cover: Cover Star Yvonne Powell at Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod Photo: Steve Hockstein, Harvard Studio Photography


LUCY Editor-in-chief HUXLEY


Let’s force travel up the political agenda


this week’s issue of Travel Weekly. With this general election described as among the toughest


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ever to predict, the one certainty as we went to press was that there was very unlikely to be on outright winner come Friday morning.


This, of course, means we are likely to be facing days or even


weeks of uncertainty, as the parties wrangle over the structure of the next government. And that uncertainty – and the lack of focus that inevitably comes with it – is never good news for business. For the travel industry, the hiatus will be even more


unwelcome, as an already marginalised topic is forced to wait even longer for its no doubt fleeting moment in the spotlight. It’s a critical time for our sector, with major issues around airport capacity, taxation and the Package Travel Directive all coming to a head. Yet only an unabashed optimist would believe that travel will


be front-of-mind for politicians. Does that mean the lobbying carried out in the run-up to the election has been a waste of time? Of course not. But as Abta’s Stephen D’Alfonso stresses this week (page 71), the hard work is really only just beginning. Even though the members of our new parliament may initially be distracted by their own political futures, we must hit the ground running to force the issues facing our industry higher up the political agenda.


lucy.huxley@travelweekly.co.uk WHAT LUCY DID THISWEEK 1


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Had a great meeting with a leading bank about getting more involved in the travel sector.


Was thrilled that the Agent Achievement Awards sold out two months before the event. I can’t wait.


It was our turn to have class mascot ‘Bertie Bee’ home for the weekend. Oh, the pressure of photographing him doing interesting things!


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have no doubt that most of you will be preparing to head to the polls – or will already have cast your vote – as you read


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