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NEWS ROUND-UP NEWS IN BRIEF


TV star Jerry Springer to be Advantage keynote speaker


American TV presenter Jerry Springer will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Advantage Travel Partnership Conference in Miami. The host and former politician and mayor will speak about how his career has helped him learn to communicate effectively, which is the overarching theme of the consortium’s conference. The Next Chapter: Miami Advice-themed event takes place on May 10-13.


Joel quits Caribtours to join Scenic and Emerald


Scenic and Emerald Waterways has appointed Danny Joel as sales manager south. Joel joins from Caribtours where he was trade sales manager. He has previously worked for Cadogan Holidays, Sandals and Beaches, and Club Med. › News You Can Use, page 24


Regent recruits Lewis to increase sales in the south


Georgia Lewis has joined Regent Seven Seas Cruises as regional sales executive, moving from sister brand Travelsphere and singles holiday specialist Just You. Lewis will work with the luxury line’s business development team to boost sales in Birmingham and the south.


Travel Weekly clarification


In a feature focusing on travel companies’ turn-of-year advertising campaigns, an out-of-date advertisement for Shearings Holidays was reviewed in error (Travel Weekly, January 4). Instead of the company’s 2018 advert – featuring its new ‘This is’ tagline – an advert from 2017 was reviewed, negatively impacting the score given by the independent reviewer. Travel Weekly apologises to Shearings for the error.


Abta calls on MoJ to close claims loophole before peak season


Abta is calling on the government to implement its plans to close a loophole that allows claims firms to cash in on holiday sickness claims, ahead of the peak 2018 season. Last July, a month after Travel


Weekly’s Fight Fake Claims and Abta’s Stop Sickness Scams


8 travelweekly.co.uk 11 January 2018


campaigns both launched, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it was addressing the issue. But with only one window left


this April to make changes to the loophole before the peak season, Abta is upping the pressure on the MoJ to bring personal injury claims made abroad in line with those made in the UK to limit the costs that claims management firms can charge. The results of a new YouGov survey commissioned by Abta


suggest 19% of Brits, which equates to about 9.5 million people, have been contacted by firms asking them to make claims. Chief executive Mark Tanzer


said: “False claims don’t just make UK holidaymakers vulnerable to serious penalties – they’re also costing travel companies and hotel owners tens of millions of pounds and tarnishing the reputation of the British abroad.”


COMMENT: “Cruise is setting the pace for the whole travel industry in terms of investment, creativity and growth potential” Andy Harmer, page 34


Azamara Pursuit’s maiden voyage switches to the UK


Harry Kemble harry.kemble@travelweekly.co.uk


Azamara Club Cruises’ new ship Pursuit will now sail from Southampton on its maiden voyage, rather than Barcelona.


The vessel, currently P&O Cruises’ Adonia, will undergo a refit at Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff this spring before sailing from Southampton to Norway on August 1. Last November, Azamara announced that Pursuit’s maiden voyage would depart Barcelona before sailing to Southampton. The upmarket line said guests


who had bought cabins on Pursuit’s two-night Barcelona to


Southampton voyage had been notified about the change. It said the number of guests affected was “not large”. Passengers have the option of


switching to the Norway-bound cruise for free or moving to a select number of other sailings at no cost. President and chief executive


Larry Pimentel decided to make Pursuit, Azamara’s third ship, a


“UK-orientated project” following “unprecedented support” from the


Adonia will be transformed into Azamara Pursuit


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UK market and travel trade. Pimentel said: “We’ve seen


double the UK demand for Azamara Pursuit than we usually


see for its sister ships, so this is a really exciting time for us. “When I got Pursuit, I said I


wanted it to be christened in the UK. [Others at Azamara] said ‘No, we want it to be in New York’, but I said we are going to figure out how we can do it here.” Managing director Richard


Twynam said: “Last year was a record year in the UK market, with business growing by 30%.”


Pursuit’s first four voyages will


all call in the UK after its launch from Southampton in August. The ship will sail to eight Norwegian destinations on its maiden voyage, including Kristiansand, Flam and Haugesund with overnight stays in


Oslo and Bergen. Pursuit will depart Southampton


for an Iceland-intensive voyage on August 13, before a special christening voyage on August 28. On August 30 the ship will then


depart Southampton on a 13-night Wine & Romance voyage to Spain and Portugal.


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