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NEWS


TTG 30 UNDER 30’S SCOTT SWITCHES TO OCEANIA


UNITE UNION TO BALLOT HEATHROW WORKERS


Heathrow is facing a renewed threat of strike action. Unite will ballot 4,000 workers at the airport on fresh walkouts following its members’ decision to reject a new pay offer from Heathrow. It comes after the union’s proposed strikes over 26-27 July, 5-6 August and 23-24 August were called off to allow members to vote on two revised pay offers, both of which were ultimately rejected. Regional officer Russ Ball said Unite would seek a fresh strike mandate through the new ballot.


COSMOS UK ROADSHOWS TO SPREAD GLOBUS NAME


Cosmos will host a series of themed agent roadshow events in October to continue to familiarise the UK trade with its Globus brand. It is also releasing a “flip” brochure for its Europe 2020 programme combining both Cosmos and Globus product. Chief executive Giles Hawke told TTG a Globus fam trip to the US will also run next year.


See Giles Hawke interview, p24


ABTA HAILS NO-DEAL BREXIT EU FLYING ASSURANCES


RYANAIR’S UK PILOTS SET FOR FURTHER STRIKES


Balpa’s UK Ryanair members have announced fresh strike action. Pilots will walk out over 18-19 September and 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 September. Meanwhile, Balpa’s BA members said on 5 September they were ready to call off planned strike action on 9-10 September if BA was willing to negotiate. BA said the airline was “available for talks”.


Abta has welcomed the European Commission’s decision to extend its no-deal Brexit aviation contingency plans a further six months. In the event of a no-deal exit, UK airlines were previously given permission to operate flights to and from the EU until March 2020. This deadline has now been extended until “at least” 24 October, which Abta said would give consumers confidence to book in the knowledge next summer’s flight schedules are unlikely to be affected by a no-deal Brexit.


Oceania Cruises has appointed NCL’s James Scott (pictured) its new business development manager UK and Ireland. Scott will report to senior director of sales UK and Ireland Priti Mehta, and will be responsible for working with the trade – particularly independent agents – to increase Oceania’s upper-premium business with new and existing partners. Scott, who brings five years’ cruise industry experience to the role and is a current TTG 30 Under 30 member, said he felt there was a “huge opportunity” in the upper-premium cruise market for agents.


CLASSIC COLLECTION’S NEW CEO AND AGENCY LEAD


Oliver Garner (inset) has been appointed chief executive of Classic Collection. Nick Munday will step down but continue as independent director. Garner will head up Classic Collection Holidays and the new Classic Package Holidays, launched following its acquisition by the OTA last year. Meanwhile, Michelle Baillie has been appointed director of agency sales, and Alexandre Gavalda director of product and supply.


SRI LANKA: LATEST TOURISM DATA REVEALS IMPROVEMENT


Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals continue to recover following the Easter Sunday bombings. The latest figures from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority show 143,587 tourists arrived in August, down 28.3% on last year (200,359). However, August was the fourth consecutive month since the attacks the year-on-year arrivals deficit was cut, with August up 18.6 percentage points (ppts) on July (-46.9%), 28.7ppts on June (-57%) and 42.5ppts on May (-70.8%).


VIRGIN ATLANTIC SIGNS CODESHARE WITH GOL


Virgin Atlantic has signed a codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier GOL ahead of the launch of its Heathrow-Sao Paulo route next March. The deal will allow Virgin passengers to connect “seamlessly” onto GOL flights to 37 destinations across Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Curitiba and capital Brasilia.


8 TRAVEL TRADE GAZETTE 09.09.2019


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