the interview: “There is a lot of misinformation. Airbnb is a high-profile company and we’re in a contentious space” Nathan Blecharczyk, page 12

York agent signs up for second charity cycle ride

Benjamin Coren

A York-based agent has signed up for a second 220-mile cycle ride for cancer charities so she can complete it with two friends who had to pull out the first time because they were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Sam Walton, a partner at Acomb

Travel with husband Eric, cycled from Milan to Venice over three days earlier this month, despite having been through a major operation before Christmas and picking up a ski injury that leſt her on crutches two weeks before the Women v Cancer ride. She said: “I was absolutely elated

to finish. I had a few tears on the way and it was very challenging. I had a lot of people saying don’t do it, recover first, but I had it in my mind to do it and I was so proud to finish despite all the setbacks. My son said he was so proud of me.” A 74-mile first day ride was followed

by 60 miles on Saturday and 86 on Sunday. Originally, Sam had arranged to complete the ride with friends Sarah Hyde and Gill Malon, but both were diagnosed with breast cancer. Tey are both now determined to

join Sam on her second ride next year, to continue to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer

Samantha Walton

Travel Weekly runs Business Breakfast on clarity of T&Cs

Travel Weekly is running a special event with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) focusing on travel companies’ legal responsibilities around terms and conditions. Te event follows the CMA’s

‘Small Print. Big Difference’ campaign in April, which has the backing of Abta, Aito and UKHospitality, and urged firms to review their terms and conditions to make sure they were fair in a bid to reduce the potential for disputes and encourage consumer trust in the sector. Te Small Print, Big Difference

Business Breakfast takes place at the Century Club in London on June 20. Confirmed speakers are Andrew

I had a lot of people

saying recover first, but I had it in my mind to do it. I was so proud to finish, despite setbacks

Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. Te Advantage member has now more than doubled her fundraising

target to £5,000 having already raised more than £2,500 and surpassing her original £2,000 goal. Walton has been raising money

through customers and trade contacts, including at the Advantage Conference in Cadiz, the week aſter her ride. She added: “One customer came in and donated £50 aſter he saw

what I was doing in the local press.” › To donate, visit fundraising/samantha-walton10

Former T ravel

Weekly editor Jeremy Skidmore on what was hitting the headlines in the late 1990s, plus Ian Taylor gives his take on the outlook for Thomas Cook.

PTA Co-operative Travel launches MyBiz performance tool for agents

The Personal Travel Agents at Co-operative Travel has launched a business reporting tool to help its 160 homeworkers monitor their performance more closely and track business and customer trends. MyBiz allows agents to analyse their performance since joining the group, which is part of Midcounties Co-operative Travel. Agents can view their sales, profit, margin and earnings year on year and month on month at any time.

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Hadley, assistant director of policy, CMA; Martyn James, head of marketing, Resolver UK; Paula Macfarlane, senior solicitor, Abta; Luke Golding, partner, Travlaw; and Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive, Te Advantage Travel Partnership. Tey will form a panel moderated

by Travel Weekly executive editor Ian Taylor. Delegates will learn about legal requirements and pitfalls, hear from those behind the campaign and from industry experts on why it is in everyone’s best

interests to avoid ‘unfair’ terms. › Register your interest at:

Ourmières-Widener to leave Flybe

following sale to Connect Airways Christine Ourmières-Widener is to step down from her role as chief executive of regional carrier Flybe. She will leave the business on July 15, after its sale to Connect Airways is completed. Flybe said it expects to announce Ourmières-Widener’s successor before she departs the business. She said: “It has been a privilege to lead Flybe over the past two years and to work with such an outstanding and dedicated team.”

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