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  • Brexit

BBC, 15 March 2019: May seeks support for third Brexit deal vote

Prime Minister Theresa May will try to persuade MPs for a third time to back her Brexit deal over the coming days. The Commons will vote on her withdrawal agreement by 20 March, after MPs agreed to ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond the current 29 March departure date. European Council President Donald Tusk has said EU leaders could be open to a long extension “if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy”. But Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the current withdrawal agreement was the “only deal on the table”. Link

CNN News, 14 March 2019: British lawmakers approve Brexit delay but reject second referendum

UK lawmakers have voted in favor of delaying the Brexit process, acknowledging that more time is needed to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure from the EU. But they decisively rejected a call for a second referendum. Prime Minister Theresa May will now ask European leaders to grant an extension to Article 50, the legal process under which Britain is leaving the European Union. Unless a delay is approved by all 27 remaining EU leaders, Britain is heading for a chaotic exit on March 29. Link

BBC, 13 March 2019: Theresa May says she understands ‘the voice of the country’

Mrs May warned MPs they faced “hard choices” having rejected her deal for a second time. Jeremy Corbyn called on the PM to change course after the defeat. He said the deal had been “decisively rejected” and it was time for the prime minister to change her red lines. After the Commons rejected Mrs May’s Brexit deal by 149 votes on Tuesday, the EU has warned the risk of a “disorderly” Brexit has never been higher. Link

CCN News, 12 March 2019: Theresa May’s deal overwhelmingly crushed by lawmakers for second time

British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a second time, plunging the UK into a further period of political uncertainty with the departure date from the European Union a mere 17 days away. Despite May’s hoarse-voiced pleas in the House of Commons for lawmakers to support her draft exit deal on Tuesday, or run the risk of a chaotic exit from the EU or no Brexit at all, lawmakers crushed it by 391 votes to 242. The margin of defeat was less than the historic loss suffered by the government when the deal was originally voted on in January. Link

Travel Weekly, 14 March 2019: European Parliament backs no-deal Brexit flight arrangements

The European Parliament voted in support of UK airlines still being able to fly to and from the UK to EU countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They will also be able to make stops in European Union countries and fly over EU airspace.The EU’s arrangements around flights are subject to the UK reciprocating these arrangements. Link

  • Tourism industry

Travel Mole, 15 March 2019: Brits warned to be vigilant following terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand

The FCO updated its travel advice to say: “There has been a series of shootings in multiple locations in Christchurch. British Nationals in the area are advised to remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. Link

Travel Weekly, 11 March 2019: Luton airport achieves record February

Passengers using Luton airport rose by more than 13% last month to almost 1.2 million. The year-on-year increase was a record for the month of February. Amsterdam, Geneva and Bucharest attracted most travellers from the airport. Link

  • Airlines

Travel Mole, 15 March 2019: Jet2 unveils nine new routes for summer 2020

Jet2 has added nine new routes for summer 2020 and is promising more to come.
The airline has unveiled its summer 20 programme from six of its UK bases. Four new routes will be added from Birmingham to Kefalonia, Nice, Murcia and Budapest and more are to be announced shortly. Three new routes – Murcia, La Rochelle and Bergerac – will start from London Stansted. Link

Travel Weekly, 14 March 2019: Ryanair lays on extra Alicante capacity

Extra flights will run from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Liverpool and Stansted. The additional services have been scheduled between July and September and will see frequencies rise to as many as 16 flights a week from Stansted, twice daily from Birmingham, 12 from Bristol, 11 from Liverpool and five from Bournemouth. Link

  • Travellers and travel agents

Travel Bulletin, 15 March 2019: Horizons new: over 50s crave exploration & adventure

The research released by Saga has revealed that the over 50s are more likely to opt for an adventurous jaunt to Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan when booking their annual holiday. Exploring the Eurasian states, alongside Tallinn in Estonia and seeing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia, all featured within the top ten experiences over 50s wanted to have on their next holiday, according to the research. While the traditional package holiday destinations of Spain, Portugal and Greece remain popular, more travellers are putting an emphasis on exploration. Link

Travel Bulletin, 15 March 2019: Explore puts Lebanon back on the map

Explore has introduced a new eight-day ‘Highlights of Lebanon’ trip, putting the destination back on the tourist map. Lebanon has only recently re-opened its doors to visitors; with the FCO recently updating its travel advice and no longer advising against travel to much of the country. Using local, knowledgeable guides, travellers on this trip will learn about Lebanese life, discover aromatic souks, walk through fragrant cedar forests and savour local dishes. Link

Travel Weekly,11 March 2019: New research finds cruising moving up the millennial agenda

Increased numbers of millennials have expressed an interest in going on a cruise in the next two years, according to new research from tourism marketing organisation MMGY. Whilst the report shows only one in ten (11%) millennial travellers had taken a cruise in the last year, 52% of respondents expressed interest in taking a cruise holiday during the next two years. In terms of where they want to go, 88% want to cruise in the Caribbean and 83% in the Mediterranean, while half are interested in using P&O or Royal Caribbean as their cruise line of choice. Link

  • Competitors

Travel Bulletin, 15 March 2019: Lithuania enjoys record year for tourism

Lithuania has announced 2018 as a record year for tourism with 3.6 million tourists travelling to the destination and representing an increase of 11.3% in overall visitation compared to 2017. In particular, the number of visitors from the UK has increased by 19.1% meaning Lithuania is firmly on Brits’ travel radar. Lithuania is easily accessible from the UK, with direct flights from three London airports, and is one of the most affordable city breaks in Europe. Link

Travel Weekly, 13 March 2019: Greece wins plaudits for tourism performance

According to the latest figures, Greece outperformed other European Union countries in the travel and tourism sector last year. The sector grew at a rate of 6.9% – more than three and a half times the pace of the wider national economy, which grew by 2%. The country outpaced the EU’s regional travel and tourism growth rate of 2.4%. The sector represents 20.6% of Greek GDP compared to a global average of 10.4%. Link

Travel Mole, 9 March 2019: Post Office names cheapest city break destinations

Vilnius and Belgrade are by far the cheapest destinations in Europe for a city break, while Porto is the cheapest in western Europe, according to the latest Post Office Travel Money report. Of the 10 most affordable cities, five were new to the list this year. In addition to Belgrade, these were Porto in Portugal, Bratislava in Slovakia, Bucharest and Istanbul. Turkey’s largest city came in fourth, largely due to the weakness of the lira, which is worth 31%less than a year ago.Link

 

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