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NEWS ROUND-UP


Mental health matters: “I had five years in a fairly grim loop: falling into and out of depression” Kane Pirie, page 15


Advantage warns agents about Irish firms’ cover


Benjamin Coren


Te Advantage Travel Partnership is urging members to ensure clients are financially protected when booking packages with operators from the Republic of Ireland. Te consortium is issuing advice


aſter recent guidance from the Republic’s Commission for Aviation Regulation (Car), which said Irish tour operator holidays sold to customers of other EU member states will not be covered when departing from outside of the Republic. Te Irish ruling flies in the face of


the 2018 Package Travel Regulations, which encouraged mutual recognition of financial protection schemes for EU member states, with the goal for all to be covered under one licence. Te issue largely affects agents in


Northern Ireland booking packages with Republic-based operators. Advantage members in Northern Ireland, of whom there are 43, criticised


LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Love Island sponsor Jet2holidays has vowed to help independent agents boost sales to Majorca off the back of the new series by offering branded posters, merchandise and social media collateral. Agents who make the most Jet2holidays bookings during the ITV2 series will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the live final, and a fam trip for two people to Majorca. Chief executive Steve Heapy said: “This year, we are putting independent agents right at the heart of the partnership.”


8 6 JUNE 2019 travelweekly.co.uk


Alan Bowen, legal


advisor No one has explained


it yet. Agents don’t get too much direction . . . it’s very confusing


the confusion. Ian McMichael, holiday development manager at Oasis Travel, said: “No one has explained it yet. Agents don’t get much direction from Car or the CAA. It’s very confusing. “It’s beter when we have a


single licence [rather than] twice as much work in terms of providing information to these bodies.” McMichael said he feared it “could


all change again with Brexit”. Paul Nunn, operations director at Advantage, said: “Te Irish


government is saying it will protect passengers that depart from the Republic of Ireland, but not those departing Northern Ireland. So Irish operators need to ensure they have protection for those customers.” Alan Bowen, legal advisor to the


UK’s Association of Atol Companies, said: “It looks like multiple licensing will come back. It appears we are going back to where we were before – if you are selling out of the Republic of Ireland, you’ll need Car licences. “It’s an operator’s responsibility


but agents need to make sure there is financial protection for the customer. Tey should ensure the operator has the correct protection.”


Silver Travel Advisor unveils awards shortlist


Tis year’s Silver Travel Awards shortlist has been revealed aſter a record 140,000 votes were cast. Forty per cent more votes were


submited by consumers compared with last year across 21 categories. New for 2019 is a best travel


agency award. Shortlisted agencies are: Tomas Cook, Barrhead Travel, Co-op Travel, Trailfinders, Hays Travel and Bolsover Travel. Two Silver-i awards will


recognise businesses for their ideas, innovations or initiatives for the over-50s sector in either a marketing campaign or product development. Te awards, organised by advice


and reviews organisation Silver Travel Advisor, will take place at Baſta’s London headquarters on June 26 and be hosted by broadcaster Dame Esther Rantzen. Travel Weekly is trade media partner. Full


shortlist: tinyurl.com/ silvershortlist


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