Informe semanal noticias Reino Unido realizado por la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en Londres.

  • Airlines

TTG, 28 January 2019: Ryanair announces Cardiff-Malaga route
The three-times weekly service is the budget carrier’s third addition at Cardiff for summer 2019, taking its total number of routes from the South Wales hub to five. Twice-weekly Barcelona and Malta services will launch this summer alongside Malaga. Ryanair already operates a weekly Tenerife service from Cardiff and a twice-weekly Faro service. Link

Travel Weekly, 1 February 2019: Jet2holidays tops UK customer service rankings
Jet2holidays has topped rivals as the highest ranked UK tour operator for customer service. The company was named joint 20th out of almost 250 companies in the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) published by the Institute of Customer Service.Link


Travel Weekly, 31 January 2019: New Antalya air link starting from Gatwick
Antalya in Turkey is to be served with scheduled flights from Gatwick this summer. Turkish Airlines is to run two flights a week to the Turquoise Coast destination from April 4. The airline will operate the route on Thursdays and Saturdays with fares starting at £158 return. Link

Travel Weekly, 30 January 2019: Wizz Air winter profits plunge almost 88%

Wizz Air profits plunged by almost 88% to under €2 million despite rising passenger carryings in the final quarter of 2018. Passenger numbers rose by 15% or one million to 8.1 million year-on-year with a load factor up two percentage points to 91%. The quarterly profit fell from €14 million in the same period last year to €1.7 million although revenue was up 21.2% to €512.7 million. Link

TTG, 29 January 2019: Government warns Ehic ‘may not be valid’ in event of no-deal Brexit
Travellers intending to use their Ehic after March 29, if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, may have to check arrangements with specific countries. New guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care (DoH) was issued on Monday (January 28) confirming the Ehic “may not be valid”. Link


  • Tourism industry

Travel Weekly, 1 February 2019: Abta outlines contribution of outbound travel
Travellers now spend more in the UK before they travel than they do while abroad, new analysis by Abta reveals.UK travellers spent £45.7 billion in 2017, compared to £44.8 billion overseas, an increase of almost £10 billion since 2014.The overall contribution to the UK economy from outbound travel now stands at £37.1 billion and 1.8% of GDP, up 36% from £27.1 billion in 2014. Link

Travel Mole, 1 February 2019: Airbnb expands into meetings market with new acquisition
Airbnb is making further in-roads in the corporate travel market with the acquisition of worldwide meeting space rental company Terms of the acquisition of the Denmark-based company by Airbnb have not been disclosed. Gaest enables hosts to list their own spaces for rent as small venues for meetings or team building events. Airbnb issued a statement saying: «Working professionals may spend more than half their waking hours at work”. «Meetings and events offer a unique opportunity for Airbnb to address local use cases and support our full community of diverse professionals.» Link

  • Brexit

Status update
On January 29, MPs voted on a series of amendments regarding prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Of the seven amendments selected to be voted on, two of them passed in parliament. These were MPs calling for a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland backstop, a measure which had the support of Theresa May’s government, and a non-binding agreement to prevent a no-deal Brexit and rejects the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement and framework for the future relationship. Link 

Trade news
Travel Weekly, 1 February 2019: No deal ‘extremely damaging’ warns Abta
Consumer confidence is “clouded by uncertainty” and there is “real risk of disruption” from a no-deal Brexit, Abta chief Mark Tanzer has warned. Tanzer told travel industry leaders in London: “This is not where we wanted to be. Enormous expense has been incurred by Government and business and the consumer is feeling less confident. There is clear evidence from our members that consumers respond to scare stories and we need to respond.” Addressing an Abta briefing on Brexit and the Future of UK Travel on Thursday, Tanzer said: “An abrupt exit with no deal will be extremely damaging. There are real issues.” Link

Travel Weekly, 30 January 2019: Summer 2019 bookings fall sharply after Brexit scare stories
Summer 2019 bookings fell sharply last week following a spate of media stories warning of cancelled holiday flights or passports being rendered invalid post-Brexit. Yet season-to-date bookings for the summer remain 4% up year on year and were even running ahead of last January in the days before the media blast on Monday and Tuesday of last week. Analyst GfK reported summer 2019 bookings in the week to January 19 up 1% year on year and the season-to-date total up 5% at the close of that week. Bookings on January 21, dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ as supposedly the most-depressing day of the year, were up 5% year on year for this summer. Link


  • Travellers and travel agents

Travel Bulletin, 30 January 2019: Brits not spending enough time outdoors in nature, reveals survey
Brits are sacrificing their happiness by not spending enough time connecting with the outdoors or going ‘au naturel’ in the sauna, according to a new YouGov survey commissioned by Visit Finland. The survey revealed that while 67% of Brits would like to spend more time outdoors in nature in order to directly benefit their mental health and well-being, the British are not prioritising their wellness with 24% of people saying they hadn’t spent any time connecting with nature at all in the past month. For Londoners, this figure is at 29% but for those in the South it was 19%. Link

Travel Bulletin, 30 January 2019: Adventure breaks getting popular among the over 50s, finds study
A new research released by Saga, reveals that over 50s are more likely to opt for Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan when booking their annual holiday in 2019. Exploring the Eurasian states, alongside Tallinn in Estonia and seeing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia, all featured within the top 10 experiences that over 50s wanted to have on their next holiday, according to the study. While the traditional package holiday destinations of Spain, Portugal and Greece still remain popular with many, more and more travellers are putting exploration and adventure, above sun loungers and sangria. Link


  • Competitors

Travel Bulletin, 31 January 2019: Cyprus sees highest-ever tourist arrivals in 2018
Cyprus has seen record-breaking year tourism with the UK holidaymakers being one of the main contributors. The Deputy Ministry of Tourism in Cyprus has announced that global visitors were up 7.8% in 2018 compared to 2017. From January to December 2018, Cyprus’ global tourist arrivals reached 3,938,625; of these, there were 1,327,805 UK arrivals; a 5.9% increase on 2017 (1,253,839). Link

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