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Alan Johnston still missing

The BBC journalist Alan Johnston is still missing after being abducted in Gaza on the 12th March by unknown kidnappers. Journalists in Palestine have united to protest at his kidnapping and now the BBC is stepping up international pressure calling … Continue reading

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Globalwarming Awareness2007

Global warming awareness in 2007 is becoming an issue in the travel industry. We’ve already blogged about how the impact of global warming is affecting the budget airline industry, but now the £64 billion ski tourism industry is in danger … Continue reading

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Thompson to lose 2600 call-center jobs

Thompson have announced the loss of 2,600 jobs in their UK call centers after a drop in demand for telephone bookings. Announcing extensive restructuring, the German parent company TUI said that it was cutting 3,600 staff throughout Europe but the … Continue reading

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Mass escape of mice on airplane

Passengers aboard a Boeing 777 flight from Riyadh were reported given the fright of their lines after 80 mice escaped from a bag. Apparently the mice wreaked havoc on the Saudi Airlines plane with some landing on peoples’ heads. I … Continue reading

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Podcast language resources

It’s always important to be able to speak a little local language when you are on holiday or a business trip, and we’ve already featured a Spanish audio language download center in the Travel Niche blog, but multimedia learning resources … Continue reading

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South Africa fastest growing tourism market

Figures released by the Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) tourism agency suggest that South Africa had the largest growth of international tourism in the world during the 2005-2006 holiday season. Of the 800 million international travelers world-wide, 7.4 million visited … Continue reading

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Two Dollar pound attracts US visitors

It seems UK Christmas shoppers are being lured by impending prospect of the British Pound reaching the two dollar level – an important psychological barrier for shoppers. According to reports the favourable exchange rates are driving a flood of visitors … Continue reading

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Online holidays deals ‘misleading’

According to the UK’s Trading Standards Institute (TSI) many companies offering cheap holidays online are ‘misleading’ customers with their vacation prices. Holiday firms have been accused of applying hidden charges via compulsory extras such as taxes and fuel supplements, and … Continue reading

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Novovirus strikes another cruise ship

I can’t imagine how awful it must be. You start the cruise holiday of a lifetime only to have the ship hit by a mystery stomach bug that confines you and your loved ones as well as other passengers and … Continue reading

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Record number of UK tourists despite London bombings

More tourists than ever visited the UK during 2005 despite the July London bombings according to figure recently released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). It appears that in 2005 a record total of 30 million tourists came … Continue reading

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