Minoan Group unveils profit increase of 19%

Scottish-based Minoan Group’s travel and leisure division has seen a gross profit increase of 19% in its interim results. The group, parent to Stewart Travel, said continued organic growth had seen an increase in gross profit from £2.9 million to £3.5 million.

BA cabin crew set date to vote for industrial action

Almost 9,000 British Airways cabin crew are due to vote for industrial action over a new performance scheme that Unite said would allow BA to “get rid of staff”. Members of the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association, part of the Unite union, will vote for action short of a strike on August 17.

Donnelly joins PR firm to help boost clients’ sales

The man behind the creation of Holiday Hypermarket John Donnelly has joined PR firm Fleet Street Communications as travel and tourism insight director. Donnelly will launch a public relations and representation service for the tourism sector. His brief is to help clients build sales through higher profile and improved marketing and distribution.

Business: “It has never been our strategy to be the biggest. The plan was about the right shape and right size.” James Hogan, page 64

Join Abta’s campaign to clean up holiday beaches

Ian Taylor

Time is running out to join in this year’s Make Holidays Greener beach clean-up, running throughout this month.

Research for Abta suggests two

out of three holidaymakers rate a clean beach ahead of clear waters or beach facilities when on holiday. Abta is running the Make

Holidays Greener campaign for the first time, in partnership with The Travel Foundation and Travelife. More than 40 hotels and travel

firms signed up to the Big Holiday Beach Clean 2016 ahead of the launch, meaning beach clean-ups everywhere from the Caribbean to the Gulf, the Indian Ocean to Southeast Asia, across the Mediterranean and around the Canary Islands. Research on behalf of Abta of

more than 2,000 UK adults in May found 65% rated a clean beach a priority, compared with 19% identifying a clean sea and just 5% sunbeds and 4% snack bars. Most agreed it was an

individual’s responsibility to take rubbish away from a beach (72%),

CMA joins EU-wide scheme to monitor online hotel sector

The UK competition watchdog is one of 10 regulators across the EU to start monitoring the online hotel booking sector. The move follows Expedia and changing their terms and conditions last July to remove ‘rate parity’, which prevented hotels from offering cheaper room rates on competing OTA

UK HOTELS: Raised concerns

sites to those offered on Expedia and, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

12 21 July 2016 BIG CLEAN: Beaches around the world have taken part in the clean-up

“It’s important to care for the environment wherever you are in the world”

but almost half (44%) identified a lack of bins as a problem. Bottles were identified as the most common problem, along with cigarette ends. Bottles were also rated the worst item to find on a beach, ahead of dirty nappies. Abta director of destinations and

The joint monitoring, which is

expected to be completed by the end of the year, will enable the CMA to determine whether there is a need for further action. The CMA is sending a questionnaire to hotels across the UK to monitor how changes to room pricing terms are affecting the market. Senior director for antitrust Ann

Pope said: “This project is part of the CMA’s ongoing commitment to watch this market closely to ensure that consumers are benefitting from effective competition.”

sustainability Nikki White said: “I would remind holidaymakers of the importance of caring for the environment, wherever they are in the world, and encourage people to get involved.” Tui is offering consumers the chance to win a seven-night holiday in Marrakech in return for making a Green Holiday Pledge as the campaign aims to involve both industry members and consumers. Abta will report on the extent of the beach clean-ups at the end of

the month.


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