Abta’s new chairman has pledged to ensure the association “continues to be a force for good” amid the “uncharted waters” of Brexit and an ever-evolving industry. In a column for TTG, chief retail officer of Mid- Counties Co-operative Alistair Rowland, who took up chairmanship of Abta in June, outlined the three main goals of Abta around

Brexit: to provide support and guidance to members in

their contingency preparations; to lobby the EU and UK decision- makers; and to provide accurate information to consumers to help them to travel with confidence. “It’s this work, for me, which deserves more exposure through membership to create a wider understanding of the association’s activities,” he said. Rowland went on to reference the emergence of “different business models” among other issues facing travel. Turn to p9 to read the column.

ITT chairman Steven Freudmann believes “the tide is turning” against PM Boris Johnson and those in Westminster backing a no-deal Brexit. Freudmann told TTG he shared correspondence with Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and speaker John Bercow’s office over the summer to lobby on behalf of the travel sector. He said he was encouraged by cooperation from MPs

and lords sharing ITT’s opposition to Brexit. “It is the major issue of our time – and it is our job to use ITT’s political connections to make sure the industry’s voice is heard,” said Freudmann. “I do now see the tide turning against Johnson. How anyone in the industry can want [a no-deal Brexit] is beyond me – it’s more obstacles being put in the way of our customers.”

Helping hand Travel has rallied in

support of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian swept across the Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama

leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The Caribbean Tourism Organization has reactivated its hurricane relief fund, while Royal Caribbean, Carnival Corp and MSC Cruises have all pledged financial support. For more, see


James Chapple, deputy news editor

Jet2holidays is giving independent agents the chance to win a new bookable website. The four winning agents will be able

to choose from five mobile-friendly layouts. Features include live chat integration; an easy to use CMS; a contact page, with embedded Google Maps and opening hours; and an “about” page with staff profiles. The sites will return live search

of trade at Jet2holidays, said the competition underlined Jet2’s commitment to the trade. “This is just another example of our Partners2Success approach in action, and a demonstration of how committed we are to helping independent travel agents increase sales and grow their businesses,” said Davidson. “What better way for travel agents to reach customers than through a fantastic website?”


results and availability with no search quota, and offer access to Jet2’s hotel image and description database. Jet2 said the sites would serve “high quality Jet2holidays content” and allow clients to book online. To enter, agents should visit and describe in no more than 100 words why they deserve to win and what they will do to promote the operator. Entries close on 30 September. Craig Davidson, general manager


Jet2holidays is giving away bookable websites

Photography: US Coast Guard/Adam Stanton

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