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NEWS


NEWS


THE


LATEST NEWS FROM THE WORLD


OF LUXURY TRAVEL


ASPIRETRAVELCLUB. CO.UK


OPERATORS UP COMMISSION TO OFFSET CARD FEE BAN


Five prominent operators have pledged to raise commission by 0.5% to offset the costs resulting from the impending ban on bank card charges. As Aspire went to print, Kuoni, Sunvil, Kirker


Holidays, Prestige Holidays and Experience Travel Group had told agents they would increase commission. More operators are expected to follow. Prestige will increase payments on new bookings


from November 1, with the Experience Travel Group to follow on December 1. Sunvil, Kirker and Kuoni will raise commission from January. Under the EU Payment Services Directive 2, agents cannot pass on the fee for processing payments by credit and debit cards to consumers from January 13, 2018. The new rule is a costly challenge for the trade. Some claim it could cost them £16,000 a year. Kuoni national sales manager Brad Bennetts said:


“We know this topic has been front of mind for many agents and want to send a message to say ‘we get it’.” While agents welcomed increased commissions,


The Advantage Travel Partnership reviewed alternative payment options to avoid charges but concluded none were ideal. Managing director Julia Lo Bue-Said said: “Agents have to look at what they’re selling, how they sell and look at reducing costs.” She advised members to shop around for card providers. Gemma Antrobus, owner of Haslemere Travel and chairman of Aito Specialist Travel Agents, said agents could favour operators that pay extra commission.


8 — aspire september 2017


JUMBY BAY ISLAND JOINS THE OETKER COLLECTION


Antiguan private resort Jumby Bay Island has joined the Oetker Collection of hotels. The 40-room property, which has three restaurants,


five tennis courts and also private villas, will become the 10th property in the collection and the group’s second in the Caribbean. Oetker Collection will take over management of the resort in October and is currently working on a plan to update and enhance the rooms and suites. Other properties in the collection include L’Apogée


Courchevel and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Germany. OETKERCOLLECTION.COM; JUMBYBAYISLAND.COM


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