Monthly Archives: June 2012

New UK Airport Parking Comparison Service introduced by Car Hire Assistant

Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!UK based car rental comparison site, Car Hire Assistant, has introduced a new ‘travel essential’ with the introduction of an online tool providing a price comparison service for UK airports. This new site feature will allow visitors to instantly check on the price and availability of discounted airport parking services at any one of some 25 Uk airports. Car Hire Assistant intend to add additional travel essentials in the coming months including airport lounge services, airport hotels and airport transfers.

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport Is The 8th Largest Airport In Europe

According to ACI’s (Airports Council International) report on airport performances 2010, Istanbul Ataturk Airport which has now become a transfer centre of the region, was amongst the top 20 with over 32 million passengers. According to numbers issued by ACI, Istanbul Atatürk Airport operated by TAV Airports, is the 8th largest airport in Europe and 37th in the world with over 32 million domestic and international passengers. It broke a record by ranking 19th with the amount of international passengers. The overall growth was recorded as 7.7 percent. Securing the 42th place in cargo, Ataturk Airport advanced to 46th place in the total number of flights.

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Posted by on 29/06/2012 in Tourism News


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BMI Purchase Boosts British Airways Domestic Services From Winter 2012

British Airways’ winter 2012 schedule is unveiled today. Highlights include:
· Great news for the UK regions as British Airways increases number of seats to Scotland by 32 per cent (versus its winter 2011 schedule) and begins flying between London City and Aberdeen, Heathrow and Leeds Bradford, and Heathrow and Belfast

· British Airways returns to the Isle of Man
· New routes from London Heathrow to Seoul and Zagreb
· New routes from London Gatwick to Las Vegas and Barcelona
· Bologna and Marseille flights move from Gatwick to Heathrow
· Increased frequency on numerous routes

The UK regions are set to benefit from British Airways’ new winter schedule, which begins on October 28, 2012 thanks to parent company IAG’s purchase of bmi.

The airline will add extra frequencies and use bigger aircraft on flights to Scotland enabling it to offer nearly 27,000 more seats a week between London and Scotland. This includes two extra flights a day between London Heathrow and Edinburgh and two extra flights per day between Heathrow and Aberdeen.

In addition British Airways is also starting a three-per-day service between London City and Aberdeen on September 24 to connect the two business hubs.

From December 9, British Airways will start four flights per day between Heathrow and Leeds Bradford, connecting Yorkshire with the airline’s extensive global route network at Heathrow and increasing consumer choice in the North of England. The airline has already taken over bmi’s six daily flights to Belfast, and will be launching a new timetable of seven flights a day between London and the Northern Irish capital on October 28.

A new London City to Isle of Man route has also recently launched.

At the time of EU approval for the bmi deal, IAG committed to launching new flights to important trading nations and delivering on that, British Airways is to begin flying six times a week to Seoul in South Korea from December 2.

A brand new, thrice weekly service from London Gatwick to Las Vegas starts on October 29.

In Europe, Zagreb in Croatia will benefit from new daily flights to Heathrow from December 9, six flights a week to Venice will be added to the London City route network on September 17 and a new three-per-day service from London Gatwick to Barcelona will launch on February 23, 2013.

From October 28, former bmi routes from London Heathrow to Agadir, Bergen and Stavanger will become new British Airways routes from Terminal 5, while former bmi routes Belfast and Hanover will become new British Airways Terminal 1 routes.

British Airways aircraft and crew will operate these routes, and customers will receive the full-service airline’s on-board experience.

A number of existing British Airways routes including Basel, Dusseldorf, Luxembourg, Lyon and Toulouse will move from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 on October 28.

There will be an increase in frequencies in winter 2012 (versus winter 2011) from Heathrow to Aberdeen (from six to eight flights per day), Edinburgh (from 10 to 12 flights a day), Manchester (from 10 to 11 flights a day), Oslo (from four to five flights per day), Zurich (from six to seven per day) and Phoenix (from six to seven flights per week). Flights to Bologna will be consolidated at Heathrow, with an increase in frequency on the existing Heathrow service from seven per week to 21 per week.

At Gatwick, services will increase to Faro (from four to five flights per week), Malaga (from seven to ten flights per week) and Marrakech (three to seven flights per week) from October 28, and extra services will be added to Salzburg and Turin for the winter ski season. Flights to Marseille will move from Gatwick to Heathrow on October 28.

Due to the volume of changes being made to British Airways’ network for winter 2012, the changes will go on sale on in stages over the next few days and further route announcements will be made next month.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said: “bmi’s integration into British Airways is really enabling us to grow our network as we promised, giving customers more flights to destinations we know they want to fly to.

“We’re focusing on new routes such as Seoul, Leeds Bradford and Zagreb, more flights to popular destinations and creating more connections for the UK regions to our global network of flying.”


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Tourists face shortages if Greece leaves euro, warns economist

Holidaymakers visiting Greece this summer could face food and fuel shortages if the country exits the eurozone, a senior economist warned yesterday.

Dr Brian Clark of Barclays told the bank’s annual Travel Forum that it was now “more than likely” that Greece would exit the eurozone, but he said the prospect was “quite frightening”.

He said the currency would plummet in value over night, there would be limits on how much money tourists could take in and out of Greece, and there would be limited funds to pay for imports such as fuel and food.

“Will tourists be able to change money, will there be enough fuel for their flight home?” said Clark.

Drawing comparisons with Argentina when it defaulted on its debt in 2001, Clark said it would be a “fairly traumatic experience.” He said that in Argentina “there was major civil unrest, people couldn’t get money out of the bank, and the country had a non-functioning economy”.

“It was not a place you wanted to go on holiday.”

However, Greece’s tourism industry is attempting to reassure visitors that the country’s economic woes won’t affect their holidays. In a press release issued this afternoon, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Dr Andreas Andreadis, said: “We want to encourage international tourism and assure potential tourists that there has never been a better time to come to our country.

“We are trying to change the way our country and its economy is run, however, this is not going to affect the quality of a holiday. Greece remains one of the top destinations in the world and we reassure holidaymakers that this summer remains business as usual.”

It said that polls show 80% of the Greek people are in favour of Greece remaining within the eurozone. It also pointed out that the G8 leaders were pleading with Greece to stay.

Greek banks are solvent, he said, and will receive an injection of €18bn from the European Support Fund this week. “Holidaymakers will be able to make any kind of financial transactions as usual in Greece during the 2012 summer.

“Holidaymakers will be able to lock in the best exchange rate since 2008. In fact, hotels and apartments are offering very favorable rates during this time enabling guests to experience a great holiday for reduced prices. In Greek cities and resorts, hotels are offering a wealth of extra benefits such as free extra meals or free children,” added Andreadis.

He also pointed out that there was less likelihood of strikes this summer while the country prepares for a second round of national elections.

Nevertheless, the majority of the 300 delegates attending this year’s Barclays Travel Forum admitted they were worried about the eurozone crisis – yet 72% admitted they hadn’t made any contingency plans for Greece exiting the euro.

However, 62% said that if Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal abandoned the euro they would expect to see an increase in tourism.

Clark said the best outlook for holidaymakers would be for Greece to stick with the euro but to have an internal devaluation, which would lower prices in hotels and restaurants and generate more income.

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Posted by on 27/06/2012 in Tourism News


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Tourist Arrivals in Turkey to Top 33 Million by 2012-RNCOS

Global research pioneer RNCOS has conceptually analyzed the potentials and future prospects of Turkey’s tourism industry in its latest research offering “Turkey Tourism Industry Forecast to 2012”. A careful analysis performed for all prominent industry segments exhibits that tourism in Turkey is a fast growing industry. Although the industry was slightly affected by the negative impacts of economic slowdown, an inevitable recovery is expected in 2010.

In our research, we have acknowledged several critical trends prevailing in the tourism industry, influencing its current as well as future direction. The report reveals that Germany, Russia and UK currently dominate the international tourist arrivals in Turkey. In 2008, these three countries together accounted for around 36.4% of overall tourist arrivals in the country. We expect this trend to continue in coming years also and Turkey’s strategic location will prove highly beneficial for rapid developments in the tourism industry.

In addition, some of the entirely new tourism concepts in the country are luring international tourists from all around the world. Health tourism, yacht tourism, golf tourism, cultural tourism, etc. have not only boosted the number of tourist arrivals but also amplified the tourism receipts in the country. The diversity in tourism formats has made Turkey a unique tourism destination, positioning the country as a tourism hub in entire gulf and EU region.

On the outbound tourism front, the country saw international departures almost doubling during 2002-2008. The relaxation granted by the government in the tourist outflows restrictions have resulted in an all-around outbound tourism development. We anticipate international tourist departure from the country to witness a moderate CAGR during 2010-2012 owing to some critical factors that have been thoroughly discussed in the report.

“Turkey Tourism Industry Forecast to 2012” provides comprehensive analysis and result-oriented evaluation of Turkey’s tourism industry. The profound study of all the important segments, including inbound tourism, outbound tourism, expenditure by inbound tourists, medical tourism, hotel industry, etc., will help clients in gauging the opportunities for their success in the industry. The report also provides an insight of key players operating in the tourism industry in order to facilitate a complete market understanding.

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Posted by on 27/06/2012 in Tourism News


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British nationals require a visa to enter Turkey

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have issued the following advice for British Nationals intending to travel to Turkey.

British nationals require a visa to enter Turkey, except cruise ship passengers entering the country for a day trip and returning to the ship the same day. British citizens may obtain a multiple entry visitor’s visa, valid for 90 days, at the port of entry on payment of £10 in cash (Scottish currency is not accepted). Visas can also be obtained in advance from the Turkish Consulate in London.

Turkish visit visas issued at arrival ports state that they are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

Up to 31 January 2012, the Turkish immigration authorities operated a flexible interpretation of this requirement whereby visitors could leave after 90 days, and immediately re-enter for a further 90 day period. However, from 1 February 2012 the rules will be fully enforced, and you will only be able to stay in Turkey for a total of 90 days in any period of 180 days.

If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa from the Turkish Embassy in your country of residence before departure, or regularise your stay by obtaining a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before 90 days has elapsed. Those who exceed the 90 day limit may be fined, deported and banned from re-entry.

If you are entering Turkey via the Bulgarian border crossing, make sure that your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area. Some British nationals have obtained a visa but not had their passport stamped. In some cases, this has resulted in detention and later deportation for illegal entry.

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Posted by on 27/06/2012 in Travel Advice


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Europcar unveils its communications campaign for the Tour de France 2012

The Tour de France 2012 is due to start in ten days. Europcar, Europe’s leading car hire company, will be accompanying the 9 riders in Team Europcar and Tour organisers ASO along the roads of the Tour de France for the second year running. For this year’s race, Europcar has decided to launch a major communications campaign in its eight main countries. Via social networks, public relations and commercial offers, staff, clients, fans and sports lovers will be able to follow every minute of the 2012 Tour with Europcar.

With 22 wins and numerous podiums, Team Europcar riders were among the main players in the peleton throughout the 2011 season. For its second year as the main sponsor of the Vendée team, Europcar is rolling out a large internal and external communications campaign at all audiences to communicate passion for the Tour and instant news of Team Europcar.

“After an exceptional season in our first year as main sponsor, we would like to consolidate the brand’s visibility whilst enabling all our audiences to show their passion and love for Team Europcar. We have developed an ambitious communications program that offers this proximity and intimacy with Team Europcar. Customers, staff, fans, everyone will be able to live Team Europcar’s adventure during the Tour de France to the full”, says Marine Boulot, Europcar Group Communication Director.

Europcar Partners of the Tour de France
As the Tour de France’s official car hire company, Europcar will provide cars for ASO, organisers of the world’s most famous cycle race. Europcar Belgium will be at the pre-Tour in Liège, with a stand, and Europcar will then be at all the stages with the pavilion in the Village Départ.

Hospitality programmes
During the Tour de France, Europcar will be thanking its customers and would like to share with them a unique moment at the heart of the cycling team. A public relations program has therefore been put in place, from the start in Liège to the finish on the Champs-Elysées. More than 120 guests will support Team Europcar before, during and after the race.

Internal communication
The Europcar Group’s 6,500 staff remain the Team’s main supporters. In 2012, they will be even more aware of what’s happening day-to-day in the team with a new dynamic programme of ambassadors in the Group’s main countries. Around 10 members of staff have been selected to mobilise in house around Team Europcar

At the centre of the internal communications plan, a secure platform will be provided on This will be entirely for staff and provide exclusive information on Team Europcar, a competition, a “geoquiz”, bringing together international teams will be organised. The winning team will be invited to the finish of the race on 22 July.


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