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TM Insider 177

Wednesday, 07 Feb, 2002 0

The TravelMole Insider – Issue 177
ISSN 1474-2292
7 February 2002
http://www.travelmole.com

LATEST PRESS POSTINGS
Intrepid: International Year of Mountains
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RWA: 30 percent of UK holidays sold via RWA solution
http://www.travelmole.com/news/press

REGULAR FEATURES
Site of the Week: Opodo.co.uk
People in the Trade: Sandy MacPherson, Voyager Travel

LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS
1. BA’s Tiffany Hall signals imminent changes to Fresh Approach
2. Rosenbluth and BTI address post September 11 security fears
3. Hogg Robinson boss criticises rivals over salary cuts
4. Amex boss: ‘Time to change expensive industry infrastructure’
5. Airtours chairman, David Crossland, to retire
6. Airtours “cautiously optimistic” for year ahead
7. Worldspan: ‘Business Travel Partnerships hold the key’
8. Worldspan strengthens e-commerce strategy with Priceline deal
9. Pegasus results show recovery trend
10. Expedia partners with BA to provide hotel booking tool
11. Go and Easyjet passenger numbers rise
12. ONS figures show devastating year for tourism
13. Kuoni Longhaul report 2002
14. ABTA mori poll: confidence in travel returns
15. Independent travel on the increase

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EDITOR’S NOTE
Although the Office for National Statistics recently revealed
how devastating 2001 was for tourism, there have been a number
of research reports released this week that indicate that
confidence in travel is returning.

According to MORI polls carried out in September, November and
January on behalf of ABTA: “The number of holidaymakers who said
they would not travel to a country perceived as risky after 11
September attacks has halved”.

Earlier today Airtours released its annual general meeting
company statement saying that its expects customers, in all
markets, to book their holidays later this year, and that the
company is “cautiously optimistic” for the year ahead.

Best wishes

Richard Hammond
mailto:editor@travelmole.com

LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS
Breaking Stories: http://www.travelmole.com/news/index.html

1. Tiffany Hall signals imminent changes to Fresh Approach
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Speaking during a Question Time session at Business Travel 2002
on Wednesday, British Airways head of UK & Ireland Sales Tiffany
Hall indicated that changes to Fresh Approach are likely.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71351

2. Rosenbluth and BTI address post September 11 security fears
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rosenbluth International previewed a new service for travel
managers that will allow them to track their staff wherever they
are in the world at this week’s Business Travel exhibition.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71170

3. Hogg Robinson boss criticises rivals over salary cuts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hogg Robinson chief executive David Radcliffe said there was now
a “lot of blue sea” between BTI and other travel management
firms following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71245

4. Amex boss: ‘Time to change expensive industry infrastructure’
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Airlines should look at the “whole picture” when considering
ways of cutting their distribution costs, rather than just agent
payments, according to Head of American Express Corporate Travel
Operations in Europe Pearse Reynolds.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71163

5. Airtours chairman, David Crossland, to retire
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Airtours chairman David Crossland has announced that he is to
retire in November 2002.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71412

6. Airtours “cautiously optimistic” for year ahead
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Airtours has released its annual company statement saying that
it expects customers, in all markets, to book their holidays
later this year.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71414

7. Worldspan: ‘Business Travel Partnerships hold the key’
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
According to Worldspan chief Graham Nichols, corporate booking
tools offer a range of benefits to both travellers and travel
agencies – but agencies ignore them at their peril.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71400

8. Worldspan strengthens e-commerce strategy with Priceline deal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Worldspan and priceline.com today announced a long-term
worldwide technology agreement making Worldspan the preferred
GDS powering the priceline.com travel pricing and reservations
service.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71378

9. Pegasus results show recovery trend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Pegasus Solutions has announced financial results for the fourth
quarter 2001 that indicate a recovery in the hotel sector
following 11 September.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71235

10. Expedia partners with BA to provide hotel booking tool
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Expedia today signed a deal with British Airways to provide its
hotel booking solution.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71392

11. Go and Easyjet passenger numbers rise
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Go and EasyJet have both reported an increase in passenger
traffic in January.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71417

12. ONS figures show devastating year for tourism
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics
have confirmed expectations that inbound tourism lost GBP 2
billion in 2001 said the British Tourist Authority (BTA) today.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71380

13. Kuoni Longhaul report 2002
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kuoni Travel has launched its 2001 report with the news that for
a fifth year in a row, Thailand has remained its number one
destination.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71421

14. ABTA mori poll: confidence in travel returns
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The number of holidaymakers who said they would not travel to a
country perceived as risky after 11 September attacks has halved
according to MORI polls carried out in September, November and
January on behalf of ABTA.
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71256

15. Independent travel on the increase
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The number of independent travellers is on the increase
according to Independent Traveller’s World (ITW).
http://www.travelmole.com/item/71259

REGULAR FEATURES
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Site of the Week: Opodo.co.uk
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The long-awaited site for Opodo in the UK was launched on 22nd
January. TravelMole’s reviewer Adrian Mann says: “Only two very
minor niggles were apparent…But that’s it. Overall, it’s an
excellent site. The design and build of the site is first-class,
and the level of information, from destinations to how to use
the site, is consistently good.” Read his full review:
http://www.travelmole.com/featured_sites.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
People in the Trade: Sandy MacPherson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sandy runs his own company, Voyager Travel Ltd, in Glasgow,
and is a member of ABTA’s Board of Directors and Executive
Committee, Chairman of the Council of Regions, and Chairman
of ABTA Scotland. Read his entry in TravelMole’s Who’s Who
in Travel and Tourism:
http://www.travelmole.com/cgi-site/whoswho.cgi

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