La oficina de representación de Turismo de Tenerife en ese mercado nos trae las novedades semanales:
- Industry trends
Travel Mole, 15 May 2018: Tourism boss calls for an extra week’s school holiday each year
Head teachers should pool their staff training days to create an extra week’s holiday in May or June as an alternative to term-time fines, a UK tourism boss has said. Malcolm Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall, said the move ‘would make a big difference to families and help the tourism industry reduce congestion at peak times’. He is among several tourism bosses in the UK calling on the Government to scrap fines for term-time holidays, saying the policy is hitting the industry hard.
Travel Mole, 17 May 2018: Bank holiday strikes planned for London Luton
Unions are warning of disruption at London Luton over the bank holiday weekend as staff vote for strike action. Workers directly employed by the airport as firefighters, security guards and in other jobs voted overwhelmingly for strike action between 7.00am on Friday May 25 through to 6.30 am on Wednesday May 30. The strikes are over ‘paltry’ pay and ‘zero hours’ contracts ‘despite sky high pay increases for the bosses and record passenger numbers’, said Unite the union.
“London Luton Airport now faces severe disruption unless management gets around the table and negotiate a fair deal which recognises the contribution workers make,” said Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge.
Travel Mole, 8 May 2018: Tourism’s carbon footprint much larger than previously thought
Jet-setting tourists have been identified as larger contributors to global warming than previously thought, according to a new study. Researchers in Australia say international tourism accounts for 8% of all global carbon emissions, which is several times more than previously estimated. Tourism’s biggest carbon footprint comes from international air travel and lead researcher Dr Ya-Yen Sun says it’s time to reassess the industry’s claims that it is environmentally ‘low impact’. As a still growing sector, it is likely to get worse, she believes.
“Given that tourism is set to grow faster than many other economic sectors, the international community may consider its conclusion in the future in climate commitments such as the Paris Accord, by tying international flights to specific nations,” the doctor said.
Travel Bulletin, 9 May 2018: Research reveals the lowest-priced & most expensive package holidays this summer
If you are on a tight budget this summer and looking for an overseas’ beach holiday, you might like to check out the Costa Brava, the Costa Dorada or Corfu but tread carefully with Santorini or Mykonos. As the short-haul holiday season officially gets under way, holiday price comparison site Travel Supermarket, which searches package holiday prices across the market, has crunched its pricing data across 105 short-haul destinations to reveal the 20 which offer Brits the lowest-priced and most expensive holidays. It has also looked at where the biggest summer package holiday price drops are. Despite being the most expensive of the 105 short and medium haul destinations/resorts looked at, Santorini remains popular with UK holidaymakers. It is the fourth most-searched-for- destination for a seven-night beach package holiday via the comparison site this summer. The most-searched-for destinations are Tenerife, Mallorca, Crete, Algarve, Benidorm, Salou, Costa Dorada, Lanzarote, Costa del Sol and Ibiza.
Travel Weekly, 18 May 2018: Brexit short-term impact will be small, says Tui Group boss
Short-term, Britain’s exit from the European Union won’t change much, but long-term, nationalism of this kind will not bring peace to the world, according to the boss of Tui Group. Fritz Joussen said: As a European, I think it is awful that Britain is leaving Europe. Standing together is somehow important. Think about all the values and the similarities we have in Europe, so we should stand together to create a single model. But it’s not just economic. It’s about openness. My children can go anywhere. They think Brexit is madness. The younger generation feel European but Britain leaving has brought the rest of Europe closer together. The British have voted to leave so we have to respect it. Now the question is how they do it.
- Airlines and competitors
Travel Daily, 10 May 2018: Explore European Capital of Culture as part of three new flights from London’s best airport
London Southend Airport, five times recipient of Which? magazine’s ‘Best London Airport’ award, is boosting its coverage this summer with three new services to Sicily, Sardinia and Malta just in time to take advantage of the Brits’ annual mad-dash for European sunshine. The new Mediterranean flights are powered by Air Malta – one of the airport’s three main airline partners along with Flybe and EasyJet – and will fly from London Southend to Catania, Sicily, and Cagliari in Sardinia twice a week.
The Malta connection, operating three times a week, will touch down at Malta International Airport which is only three miles from the island’s capital Valletta, the European Union’s ‘Capital of Culture 2018’. As such, Valletta will be hosting 40 projects and 400 events celebrating the honour, including music and art festivals, traditional Maltese customs and a seemingly endless range of family-friendly experiences — ensuring there is never dull moment for Maltese tourists in 2018.
Travel Daily, 7 May 2018: Jet2’s new flights to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey means 1.7 million seats in summer 2019
Jet2.com has announced its plans for summer 2019, which include three new European destinations flying out of London Stansted: Bourgas in Bulgaria; Chania in Crete; and Izmir in Turkey. The additional flights mean that Jet2 now have a total of 36 different locations to choose from when thinking about where best to spend their holidays next year.
“With three fantastic brand-new destinations for Summer 19, we are giving holidaymakers even more choice with our award-winning airline and package holiday business. The addition of flights to Bourgas means we will operate to Bulgaria for the first time, and with resorts such as Sunny Beach on sale, we are expecting it to be hugely popular with local holidaymakers.
Travel Mole, 17 May 2018: Thomas Cook shifts to Eastern Med to ease margin pressure
Thomas Cook is switching capacity from Spain to the Eastern Mediterranean to ease pressure on its margins in the UK market. Publishing its results for the first half today, chief executive Peter Fankhauser said: “We continue to experience margin pressure in the UK tour operator due to a combination of hotel cost inflation in Spain, currency impact and capacity increases in the market. Thomas Cook said its summer 2018 programme is now 59% sold. Bookings for the whole group are up 13% compared with this time last year, with particularly strong demand for Turkey, Greece and Egypt.
TTG Media, 16 May 2018: Turkish Airlines launches Gatwick-Bodrum flight
Launching on June 13 and leading in at £99 return for the first week of sales, the airline is hoping to capitalise on renewed interest in the UK market for the Turkish destination. The flight, which operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in initially in place for the summer season until September 8. Turkish Airlines general manager London Celal Baykal, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch this new route, as Turkey is set to welcome back thousands of British holidaymakers this summer.
Travel Weekly, 16 May 2018: Ryanair cuts check-in time window from four days to 48 hours
Ryanair is cutting the check-in time window from four days to 48 hours for passengers without reserved seats. The changes to online check-in will apply from June 13. However, the European low-cost airline leader said the check-in window would still be double that of many rivals. It will compare to the 24-hour check-in period operated by Aer Lingus, British Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Iberia, according to Ryanair. The move will give passengers who have paid to reserve their seats more time to pick their place on the aircraft. Those who pay to reserve seats will be able to check-in up to 60 days before departure.