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FRONTLINE 1974


 Castle Holidays decided to pull its holiday programme and announced that managing director AF Nickalls had resigned. Gerry Risby and Len Higgs were promoted to joint manager.  Thomas Cook launched its customer relations service, while Alan Crotty was announced as the head of Thomas Cook & Son (Canada), following its launch.  Retailer Tom Gilroy resigned from the council of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) following its decision to open negotiations with all principals “to secure that membership of SPAA be recognised on the same basis as membership of Abta, with the same trading privileges and rights”.  Meanwhile, the initial response to the previous week’s proposals for small agencies to band together to form a chain of stores was said to be “very encouraging”.


This T 1994 week in... We take a look through the


ravel Weekly archives in our 50th year to find out what was making the headlines 10, 25 and 45 years ago . . .


 Airtours chairman David Crossland dismissed fears of overcapacity leading to a discount war this summer, claiming holiday prices had actually risen over the past 10 days.  At the official launch of the Travel Trust Association, the Civil Aviation Authority countered founder Todd Carpenter’s claims that the new organisation could offer a cheap alternative to bonding for consolidators obliged to secure an Atol.  Turkey specialists feared two recent bomb attacks on British holidaymakers in the resorts of Marmaris and Fethiye could devastate business this summer, while the Federation of Tour Operators asked Spanish tourism chiefs to ban any additional flights to the Balearic Islands, to avoid exacerbating the problem of a shortage of beds.


 Peter Deilmann Cruises’ UK office revealed it would continue to operate as usual until the end of October, after the river cruise division went into administration. UK managing director Stuart Perl said Peter Deilmann would concentrate instead on selling its one ocean-going ship, Deutschland. “It’s been a shock but it’s not the first company hit by the recession and it won’t be the last,” he said.  The Association of Independent Tour Operators secured a meeting with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to discuss banks’ unfair treatment of travel companies.


2009


 Vertical Group paid more than £100,000 for the trading assets of Holiday Experts. The 29 homeworkers became Freedom Travel Group members under agency Miss Ellies Travel.  Agents were urged to exercise caution when entering into business relationships during the recession, after three bogus agents pleaded guilty to conning airlines out of flights worth £1.2 million.  Meanwhile, three former MyTravel bosses, Peter Kearns, Jason Hilton and Andy Grant, launched trade-friendly tour operator Red Sea Holidays.


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