Informe semanal de noticias del mercado británico de la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en Londres

  •  News

CNN, 20 June 2019: Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in battle to lead Britain: The UK’s future now rests in the hands of 0.2% of its population. The final two candidates hoping to replace Theresa May as prime minister will spend the next month trying to win over 160,000 grassroots members of the governing Conservative party. The winner will immediately take over the party and, all being well, form their own government for a nation of 66 million citizens. The last two men standing are the favourite, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, who took Johnson’s job as foreign secretary after he resigned in protest at May’s Brexit plan.Link

BBC, 20 June 2019: Leave EU without Brexit deal if need be – Alun Cairns: The UK must be prepared to leave the EU without a deal at the end of October, the Welsh secretary has said. Alun Cairns said ministers must “act on the instructions of the referendum”, even if it means a no-deal Brexit. Link

Reuters, 19 June 2019: UK inflation falls to Bank of England target, underlying pressure weak: Britain’s Office for National Statistics said consumer prices rose at an annual rate of 2.0% in May after a 2.1% rise in April, matching the BoE’s target as well as the consensus in a Reuters poll of economists. Stable inflation, combined with the lowest unemployment rate in 44 years and rising wages, has taken the edge off the uncertainty about Brexit for many households whose spending drives Britain’s economy. Inflation eased in May, as travel prices such as air fares fell back after their Easter highs in April. Link

  • Tourism industry

TTG, 21 June 2019: Foreign Office minister accused of assaulting Greenpeace activist:
Foreign Office minister Mark Field has referred himself to the Cabinet Office for investigation after he was caught on camera grabbing a Greenpeace activist by the throat at a black-tie event in the City on Thursday night (20 June). Link

Travel Weekly, 21 June 2019: EU finance ministers push for air tax: The Netherlands and France are leading EU efforts to introduce a tax on flying to combat climate change, but airline chiefs insist taxing aviation will divert investment from more-efficient aircraft. EU ministers spent Thursday and Friday debating proposals for an environmental tax on aviation at a meeting in the Netherlands. Link

Buying Business Travel, 20 June 2019: The rise of the regional airport: “Even if their nearest airport offers a direct long-haul route on a US airline, some customers prefer to fly from London and transit to a British Airways flight on which they can get points to later use for family travel,” says Steve McGrane, assistant vice-president of global travel at Genpact, with clients based in Glasgow, Southampton, Edinburgh, Luton and Bristol. However, a small airport without lounges, but the fast access to gates that travellers at Heathrow and Gatwick can only dream of, is a draw to business travellers, believes McGrane. He thinks the trump card that small but efficient regional airports hold is underplayed. “I think they’re missing a trick by not advertising the 30-minute check-in possible versus the couple of hours you need for London and other larger airports.” Link

TTG, 19 June 2019: Eastern Med still popular, says On the Beach: Spain remains the OTA’s biggest-seller, but Greece has retained its number two position, with Turkey staying in third place. On the Beach said 2019 “is a big year for non-euro destinations, perhaps suggesting that with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, many people are looking further afield to destinations which may offer cheaper in-resort costs”. Portugal is the fourth most popular summer destination, with Cyprus replacing Malta in fifth place. Link

  • Airlines

Travel Weekly, 20 June 2019: Jet2 brings Easter into extended Crete programme: An extended summer season to Crete will see Jet2.com and Jet2holidays start serving the Greek island from April next year. Departures will run from Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Stansted airports until October or early November. The extended season means that more than 300,000 seats are on sale next year to Heraklion from nine UK bases.Link

TTG, 20 June 2019: British Airways pilots and staff threaten summer strike action:
Tens of thousands of holidaymakers could face disruption this summer after British Airways pilots and staff threatened strike action over pay. Pilots’ union Balpa has issued the airline formal notice of a strike ballot amid an ongoing pay dispute, with the Unite and GMB unions expected to follow suit. Link

TTG, 19 June 2019: British Airways announces new route to Croatia: British Airways will launch three-times weekly flights from London City airport on Friday (21 June). The route will operate throughout the summer peak period until September. Return hand baggage fares lead in from £201. The launch coincides with the city’s famous Yacht Week festival, with dozens of boats due to take part. Link 

  • Travellers and travel agents

TTG, 19 June 2019: FHA urges government to make holidays ‘a social right’: Many ordinary working families are struggling to cover the cost of a family break, according to research from Nottingham Civic Exchange and the Family Holiday Association (FHA). The report’s authors are calling for the government to launch an independent commission to investigate how to make holidays a social right. Link

  • Competitors

Travel Weekly, 21 June 2019: UK visitor numbers to Tunisia expected to grow by 60% this year: Tunisia expects UK visitor numbers to reach at least 200,000 by the end of this year – up from 124,000 in 2018 – according to the tourist board’s UK boss. Link

Travel Mole, 21 June 2019: Mayor asks UNESCO to put Venice on World Heritage Site blacklist: The mayor of Venice is to ask UNESCO to place the city on its World Heritage Site blacklist amid frustration that a plan to halt large cruise ships entering central canals has not been delivered. Link

Travel Weekly, 19 June 2019: Dubai ‘fastest growing summer sun destination’: Dubai is the fastest growing summer sun spot for 2019, according to latest On the Beach booking data. While the UAE remains outside the top ten most popular countries this summer, Dubai is the fastest growing destination, along with Barbados and Tunisia. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit means that many people are looking to destinations outside the eurozone which may offer cheaper resort costs. Link

 

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