➢Long-haul ‘up to 47% cheaper than short-haul holidays this summer’
Long-haul holidays this summer are proportionately cheaper than short-haul breaks, latest research into pricing shows today. By swapping Santorini for Thailand, a family of four can save as much as £2,948 or 47% and two people as much as £594 or 28% for two weeks away, according to price comparison firm TravelSupermarket.
➢ Ryanair summer 2019 flights go on sale
Ryanair has today launched 150 of its most popular holiday routes for summer 2019. Flights to destinations in France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain are on sale now for travel up to October next year, but the airlines’ full summer 2019 schedule won’t be available till the autumn. Ryanair said its price promise means that customers who find a cheaper comparable fare will receive a refund of the difference plus €5 credit. The airline also pointed out that it has reduced its check-in bag fee to €25 for 20 kgs. The airline’s Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to launch 150 of our most popular routes earlier than ever for summer 2019.” Ryanair has launched a short seat sale with fares for travel in June 2018 starting at £19.99 until Sunday
➢ Loveholidays owners seek market growth and will launch new travel products
The new owners of Loveholidays will seek to take a bigger share of the short-haul beach holiday market, expand to other source markets and launch new products.
➢ BA to launch Heathrow-Marrakech service British Airways will launch new flights from Heathrow to Marrakech this autumn. The service will operate four times a week – on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – from Terminal 5 starting on October 28. Return fares start from £132 in Euro Traveller and from £332 in Club Europe. BA already flies to Marrakech from Gatwick eight times a week. The airline is also increasing schedules from Heathrow this winter to Prague (27 to 34 per week), Budapest (20 to 23) and Barcelona (46 to 53), as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar (9 to 13), Larnaca (7 to 10) and Malaga (4 to 6)
➢ It’s Time for Tunisia The Tunisian National Tourist Office has launched its UK advertising campaign with a mixed media online push – including social media with digital activity across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube – running until the end of the year. An ‘out of home’ campaign is also planned to run from this September. Creative themes highlighting different aspects of Tunisia’s rich culture, scenery and the diversity of its holiday experiences will be linked with the strapline: ‘It’s time for Tunisia’. Wahida Jaiet, director for the tourist office, said: “We are delighted that British tourists have returned to Tunisia. Tour operators are reporting strong sales and we thought it was time to start showing our British guests what Tunisia has to offer, beyond its beaches. I think people will be surprised by just how much there is to see and do in Tunisia

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