HOLIDAYMAKERS have been left horrified after tour operator TUI reportedly put them in a rehab facility overnight after they flight home was cancelled. Brits on holiday in Antalya, Turkey, have compared the rehab centre to something out of horror film The Shining. Hayley Whybrow, 37, said she was taken by bus with her family to the “hotel” with 20 other people after their flight back to Stansted was cancelled. Once they got there, she says that people started “shouting and screaming”. Hayley demanded she and her family be allowed back on the bus to spend the night at the airport rather than the Ayka Vital Park, outside of Antalya. Researching the accommodation she later discovered it was actually a clinic and rehabilitation centre, which also runs programmes for drug and alcohol addicts. Hayley claims she and her partner Sean Krikor, 37, were told by other guests who stayed there that they spotted IV tubes in their rooms and medical equipment scattered around the … [Read more...] about Horrified families slam TUI for housing them in ‘creepy’ Turkish drug rehab unit after cancelled flight home
TUI has slashed the price of flights to Spain, for any Brits who still haven't booked their summer holiday. Fares to Ibiza and Palma de Majorca are both available for £69pp return on flights between now and September. For those looking for a slightly more relaxed holiday, the travel company is also offering return fares to Menorca for £83pp. Passengers are allowed to take one piece of hand luggage with them onto the flight for free but it must weight 5kgs or less. You’ll need to be quick as prices will rise as more people book - they were selling from £39pp for return fares earlier today. To take a look at the flights, click here. Prices were correct at the time of writing this article. Tui and other holiday firms have been cutting the prices of holidays this summer due to the heatwave and the World Cup. With the heatwave causing a slump in bookings, travel companies have been offering big discounts to encourage Brits to book last minute holidays. Spain has also … [Read more...] about Get last-minute Ibiza and Palma return flights for just £69pp with TUI
German travel group TUI and its British subsidiary TUI Travel said on Friday that they had agreed to a tie-up that will create the world's biggest tourism operator. "The independent directors of TUI Travel and the executive board of TUI AG are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement in principle on the key terms of a possible all-share nil-premium merger of TUI Travel and TUI AG," a joint statement said. It pointed to anticipated "strategic and financial benefits" for the shareholders in both entities, and forecast potential cost savings of at least €45 million per year and some unidentified "cash tax benefits". Terms of the deal include payment of €0.399 per share to minority shareholders in TUI Travel. The two companies had tried to merge in January 2013, but talks ultimately broke down at the time. TUI Travel was formed in 2007 via a merger of TUI's tourism unit and the British company First Choice. The parent TUI group currently owns 56 … [Read more...] about TUI creates world’s biggest travel operator
Negotiations with the German-based Whale and Dolphin Protection Forum (WDSF) resulted in trips to orca and dolphin shows being dropped from its catalogues, TUI, one of the world's biggest tour operators, said at the beginning of February. The ban was put in place as TUI said it could not check conditions at all of its destinations. Animal protection groups have long criticized conditions at dolphinariums around the world, but particularly in Turkey, Dubai and Egypt. But when asked by The Local why trips to dolphin and orca shows are still being advertised and sold on TUI’s UK site, Thomson.co.uk, a spokeswoman said the ban only applied to German customers. It means TUI branches and websites based outside of Germany will continue to sell trips to the shows. TUI said it had introduced the German-only ban because the debate around the welfare of the animals was a “very sensitive” issue in Germany. “There are national differences in the debate around … [Read more...] about TUI dolphin show ban is for Germans only
Germany's biggest travel group, TUI, said on Thursday it had called off all tours through Israel until the end of the month over the recent eruption of violence in the region. "TUI Germany is reacting to the current situation in Israel and has cancelled all tours in the country until July 31 inclusive," the company said in a statement. "Holidaymakers who have booked a TUI tour through Israel in the next three weeks will be contacted." The company said it would accept no new bookings for Israel with departure dates in the next three weeks. Clients who had planned package trips or reserved hotel rooms in Israel that begin before the end of the month would be informed of the German foreign ministry's current travel advisory for the country and asked to reconsider their travel plans, it said. Such travellers "can postpone or change their travel plans at no extra charge," the company said. The current German foreign ministry … [Read more...] about TUI cancels all Israel trips amid violence
Additional flights to Palma, Cofu and Naples will head out of the North East's leading airport as a holiday company expands its business. A further 30,000 seats will be offered by TUI through the flights it will run in and out of Newcastle International Airport from summer 2019.The extra flights to the destinations have been lined up as the firm reflects the popularity of the Mediterranean with holidaymakers.Flights and holidays to Palma and Corfu have all been added to the programme.This is alongside an additional flight to Naples in Italy, which has been added to support the new homeport for Marella Explorer 2, the new ship from Marella Cruises. TUI UK’s commercial director Richard Sofer said: “Summer 2019 is the most ambitious programme we have ever introduced."We are focusing firmly on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended regional flying programming concentrated on the core destinations holidaymakers want to travel to, while offering the … [Read more...] about Extra flights on their way for North East holidaymakers as firm launches 2019 breaks
When back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in September, they left a broad swath of damage across the tourist-friendly islands there. Less than six months later, they are again ready to welcome vacationers, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Here is the latest update from the most affected islands, but be aware that the recovery is a work in progress and hotel opening dates are not carved in stone. It’s a good idea to call before you book. U.S. Virgin Islands The U.S. Virgin Islands are open for business, but as with all the hurricane-lashed islands, travelers should do the research before booking a trip. While online booking is still available for most accommodations, if there are any doubts, make a phone call and request photos of the property to ensure all is well. “While many visitor experiences are still nice, there are areas where the recovery is ongoing,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “Visitors … [Read more...] about Traveling to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more destinations post-hurricane season
0 Comments Travel costs up in the air over Brexit, says Which? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Holidaymakers are being left in the dark over the consequences of the UK leaving the EU without an aviation deal, a consumer group has claimed. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/travel-costs-up-in-the-air-over-brexit-says-which-36701221.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article36702521.ece/07e01/AUTOCROP/h342/brexit.jpg Email Holidaymakers are being left in the dark over the consequences of the UK leaving the EU without an aviation deal, a consumer group has claimed. Which? called on travel firms to do more to highlight the possible financial implications for consumers if no agreement to continue flights is reached. It is advising customers who have booked holidays taking place after the Brexit date of March 29 next year to check cancellation and refund policies. The single market for aviation, created in the 1990s, means there are no commercial … [Read more...] about Travel costs up in the air over Brexit, says Which?
The best Greek islands for families, whether your children are after sandy beaches, wild water sports, unspoilt island life or history and culture. 1. Rhodes, Dodecanese Best for: fly and flop If you’re after a bit of R&R, Rhodes’s east coast has a 30-mile stretch of well-maintained golden-sand beaches with warm, shallow water down its eastern coast. One of this coast’s big modern hotels, with their all-inclusive packages, should be just the ticket: everything is on your doorstep – kids’ clubs, water sports facilities, babysitting, wellness, restaurants and cafes, so you can switch off and truly relax. If you do venture out, don’t miss the magnificent Unesco-listed Rhodes Town on the island’s northern tip, which will take you back through the centuries, with its medieval fortifications and car-free cobbled alleys. Full travel guide to Rhodes View our best luxury holidays in Rhodes View our best escorted tours of Greece Stay: Mark Warner … [Read more...] about Which is the perfect Greek island for your family?
Spring is here! Kind of. Except that it’s almost definitely not! Seems like ever since I moved back to England at the start of the year, the weather has been going all-out to make me regret it. But I’m pleased to say that despite feeling constantly cold for weeks on end I am actually loving my life choices lately. I haven’t felt this together in a very long time. I’m definitely happier when I travel, but I think I’m more complete when I have a home! So; March. How was it for you? I had a bit of a quiet one – with just one fleeting trip away for the blog and a night in the New Forest with one of my blogger besties. The rest of the time I was at home, catching up on work (my to-do list has never looked this short or un-threatening) and, well, actually living. Also I started driving lessons (duh duh duuuuuuuuuh) because at age thirty I felt like I really ought to be able to drive my own lazy butt around by now, instead of relying on lifts. It’s … [Read more...] about March Travel Round Up