NEWS Ffestiniog tour uses

direct Eurostar route Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel launched a Dutch train-themed touring holiday following news that Eurostar will operate direct services from Amsterdam to London from April 27. The rail provider has run direct services from London to the Dutch capital since 2018, but the return leg has required a connection in Brussels to go through passport control. The three-night holiday explores Amsterdam, including a trip on the Hoorn to Medemblick railway and an excursion to the Netherlands National Railway Museum. It costs from £590 including Eurostar travel, excursions and accommodation. General manager Maria Cook said: “Being able to use return rail instead of a flight means

carbon emission is reduced by 80%.” i More no-fly tours, page 28

Andorra updates Online Travel Training course

Andorra’s tourist board has updated its online travel training. Complete the course to enter a draw to win a five-night trip. Send your certificate to and in no more than 50 words say why you would like to visit Andorra in summer, by May 31.

Brighton to develop Atas membership

New Atas account director Claire Brighton joined the organisation this month to develop the association’s supplier, associate and agent membership. Brighton was previously senior commercial manager for The Advantage Travel Partnership. To find out more about Atas, email

ANA and Tourism Australia join Atas

Intrepid launches hiking, biking and rafting tour in Annapurna

Clients who want more than just hiking in Nepal can try Intrepid Travel’s 12-day Annapurna: Hike, Bike & Raft tour. As well as hiking in the foothills of the Annapurnas, it features rafting on the Tirisuli River, mountain biking in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, a boat cruise across Fewa Lake and finally yoga in Pokhara. It costs from £903, not including flights.

Japanese airline ANA and Tourism Australia have joined Atas as associate members. Sally Cope, Tourism Australia UK & Northern Europe regional general manager, said: “Atas is an ideal platform through which to engage with our industry peers.”

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Visit Portugal unveils new websites

Visit Portugal has created websites to promote active and sporty experiences in off-the-beaten-track destinations. Cycling and hiking trails can be found on while surfing locations can be explored on

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