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NEWS ROUND-UP NEWS IN BRIEF


Dnata Travel puts 50 staff in Chester under consultation


Dnata Travel has put about 50 staff at its Chester office under consultation. John Bevan, UK boss of the Gold Medal and Travel 2 parent, which employs 1,600 staff, said the move was about optimising roles in sales, finance and IT. About 200 staff work at the Chester office.


Together Forever Trust raises £225k in first year


The charity set up in memory of Westoe Travel trainee Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry, who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing, has raised £225,000 in its first year. The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust has so far awarded grants to 25 young people.


Two Brits die in Oman while on Fred Olsen cruise


Two British women died after being struck by a car while on an excursion during a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines sailing on Boudicca in the Middle East. The women were hit as they stepped off a coach in Salalah, Oman, on September 27.


Thomas Cook promotes Mooney and Gardner


Thomas Cook has appointed chief financial services officer Anth Mooney as chief of UK retail and money and promoted Phil Gardner to sales and e-commerce director. Mooney reports to Ingo Burmester, chief of UK source market, and chief executive Peter Fankhauser.


FHA’s Together campaign aims to help more families


The Family Holiday Association has launched a campaign called ‘Together’ to double the number of families offered a break by the end of 2020. The charity helped 13,222 children and 7,767 adults in 2017.


Embargoed until Thursday 4th October


Get the inside track on Travel Weekly podcasts


Amie Keeley amie.keeley@travelweekly.co.uk


Travel Weekly produced its first podcast this week.


The Travel Weekly Podcast will bring interviews and commentary from key figures in the sector, as well as previews of major events in the industry calendar. The first episode features Abta


chief executive Mark Tanzer, who discusses the themes of this year’s Travel Convention in Seville – truth, trust and the future of the travel expert (preview, page 12). He also answers questions from agent readers. The outgoing and incoming


chairmen of the Association of Touring & Adventure discuss what is in store for this year’s


8 travelweekly.co.uk 4 October 2018


Atas Conference on October 22. Cosmos chief executive Giles


Hawke, who has been Atas chairman for the past 18 months, and APT’s UK managing director, Paul Melinis, who takes over this week, share their thoughts on howtouring will evolve. Dame Esther Rantzen, who was


guest speaker at Travel Weekly’s mature travel-themed executive lunch, will feature on the second episode, due out later this month. Head of news Amie Keeley said:


“For the past few months we’ve been looking at ways to diversify how we bring our readers new


content across more platforms. “The print magazine remains at


the core of what we do, as well as a growing online presence through our website and social media channels. The Travel Weekly Podcast adds another dimension, and will enable us to hear from people in the industry, their opinions on issues at the heart of the sector, as well as special guests.” Please email feedback and podcast suggestions to


amie.keeley@travelweekly.co.uk › Stream and download Travel Weekly Podcasts at: go.travelweekly.co.uk/podcast


COMMENT: “Customers are looking for travel suppliers they can trust, who can supply holidays that match the hype” Mark Tanzer, page 36


IN THE PICTURE: Kay helps TCTV’s Reuben telethon


TV presenter Vernon Kay will be making a guest appearance on Travel Counsellors’ 23-hour ‘telethon’ to raise money for Reuben’s Retreat. The group, which operates in seven countries, will begin its broadcast on October 9 on its internal TV Channel, TCTV. The telethon, which aims to raise £23,000, will includea Wake Up to Zumba class,a Bake


Off-style contest and Blind Date. There will also be celebrity involvement from charity patron, actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, and Vernon Kay, who recently visited the retreat to record for TCTV.


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