Gender gap exposed at Tui Airways UK

TUI AIRWAYS UK’s female staff earn 56.9% less than their male colleagues on average due to the lack of women pilots and others in senior roles. The airline is the latest company

to reveal a gender pay gap under a new government scheme designed to highlight the issue. Tui told the Guardian that the gap resulted from low numbers of women in the fl ight deck, engineering, technology and senior management. Tui Airways’ 870 pilots – 95% of them male – earn an average £111,683. Almost 80% of the airline’s cabin crew are women, who are paid an average £26,272. At its head offi ce, 62% of its 3,308 staff are women, but men are more likely to hold better-paid roles. Tui told the newspaper it “would try

and fi nd answers both internally and with the rest of the airline industry” and added: “We remain committed to raising awareness within the retail and airline industry on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, as well as eff ecting change in our own business.” Only 4% of the world’s commercial pilots are women. EasyJet has set a target of 20% female pilots by 2020 and has already seen this fi gure jump from 6% in 2015 to 13% today.


Hyde Barker Travel capitalises on agency’s 70th anniversary

AN INDEPENDENT travel agency has launched a series of celebratory initiatives for its 70th anniversary. Hyde Barker Travel, based in the Nottinghamshire village of Southwell, began celebrating last month with its annual travel show, featuring 27 suppliers.

The business – owned since 2011 by Barbara Cray and John Lightwood – is also off ering a special Platinum Package for customers, which includes a number of complimentary travel extras such as priority

boarding and airport parking. Hyde Barker will also host a

“cruise extravaganza” show for suppliers in November. The business was originally named

Holiday Travel when founded by Denzil Hyde-Barker in 1948. He and his wife Peggy’s son Michael Hyde-Barker joined the fi rm in 1960, changing the company’s name. The business later passed to

Denzil’s grandson Philip Hyde-Barker who subsequently sold it to Cray and Lightwood. They also own and

From left: Gemaine Martin, Susan Bramley, Robert Turner and Barbara Cray

run New Zealand specialist and Aito operator Silver Fern Holidays. Longstanding staff at Hyde Barker include Robert Turner, who has worked for the business since 1980, and Sue Bramley, who joined as a school leaver in 1979. Cray told TTG: “It feels brilliant to

enter such a special year and we’re still on the high street and going from strength to strength. “We are incredibly proud that

a brand that’s been around for so long is still so popular and we are continuing to grow our customer- base throughout the East Midlands.”

22.02.2018 07

‘Day Zero will spread to other destinations’

Tom Parry

CAPE TOWN’S chronic water shortage “will become the new normal” for destinations across the

world, South African Tourism’s chief executive has warned. Sisa Ntshona said “Day Zero”, the much-publicised date at which water consumption in the Western Cape city will be entirely controlled by local authorities, “can and should be avoided” thanks to newly-imposed measures. Ntshona told TTG

Cape Town was “writing the playbook” for tourism-reliant cities on how to tackle such a problem. Water usage in the city is limited to 50

litres per person per day, with local authorities advising measures such as taking 90-second showers. An information website,, also went live last week off ering the latest updates to both consumers and travel trade professionals. Ntshona stressed Day Zero, which is now July 9 rather than the previously forecasted May 11, had been coined to change the behaviours of locals regarding water usage and “should be seen more as a contingency plan”. “It’s undeniable that there is a water crisis but problems like these are not limited to just Cape Town,” he said. “Sao Paulo, California, Beijing – they all have their own problems, and with climate change things are only going to get worse. Yes we

Sisa Ntshona

are at the sharp end of it, but we want to

lead the way on fi xing it.” Ntshona said the city wanted to

reduce water consumption both through changing consumer habits and by developing sustainable water access schemes, such as piping water from nearby areas into Cape Town and opening more dissemination plants, which it is investing in. According to Ntshona, even during peak visiting periods tourists account for “no more than 1% of Cape Town’s population”, while the number of tourism-dependent jobs in the city is more than 300,000. “We are very much open for business when it comes to tourism and we don’t want visitors to stay away,” he said. “We want tourists to be part of the solution and help.” He added that since the water issues had become global news, the number of enquiries and calls from the UK travel trade had increased but the city had not seen cancellations.

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