IMPORTANT INFORMATION – TURKEY UPDATE – 16th JULY 2016

We note the reports coming out of Turkey regarding a military coup. There is no indication that guests in the resorts on the south coast are affected. However, as a precautionary measure, we advise our customers in resort to stay in their hotels until further notice.

There has been no change to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice regarding travel to Turkey.

 

We are monitoring the situation closely and will update when we have further information.

If you require further information please contact us
Thank you for your continued support.

 

Zika virus – update and advice for pregnant women

Zika virus – update and advice for pregnant women

Pregnant women are advised to reconsider travel to areas where Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreaks are currently reported as further evidence for a possible link between ZIKV infection and congenital malformations emerges. The outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in the Americas is ongoing.

ABTA Members are advised to notify customers who have booked travel to areas where Zika virus outbreaks are currently reported, of the updated health advice in regards to pregnant travellers and Zika virus. The countries currently listed are on the WHO website together with links to the FCO travel advice.

Brussels Attacks

We would like to thank all our clients for their patience this morning whilst we deal with passengers affected by the terrible events seen today in Brussels. We are contacting all passengers in resort or travelling back on Eurostar or flight via Brussels and making alternative travel arrangements or providing an extra nights accommodation where necessary.

People who are travelling today, tomorrow or Thursday to Brussels or via Brussels with Eurostar or flights will be able to cancel or amend free of charge.

Travel from Friday onwards is still subject to our normal terms and conditions and we will contact you should there be any changes or updates to this policy.

Thanks again for all of your support through this difficult time.

Ankara explosion: 30 dead at rally in Turkish capital

BBC News

Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 30 people, the interior ministry says. Another 126 have been injured.

TV footage shows scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners.

The blasts took place near the city’s central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftists groups.

The pro-Kurdish HDP party was among those attending the rally.

Government officials say the blasts were a terrorist attack and are investigating reports that a suicide bomber was behind at least one of the explosions.

Lufthansa strikes to resume tomorrow

Lufthansa pilots have announced plans to strike from 6pm until 10pm tomorrow, targeting inter-continental flights.

The action extends a series of 12 walkouts since April 2014  in a dispute over early retirement benefits and Lufthansa’s plans to expand its budget operations.

The strikes were temporarily halted as management and unions came together following the Germanwings’ crash in the French Alps on March 24.

Chief executive officer Carsten Spohr said last week he’s ready to endure more strikes to force through changes he says will help Lufthansa compete with low-cost carriers in Europe and Gulf rivals on long-haul routes.

Tomorrow’s strike is expected to mirror the last strike on March 21, which caused about 74 flights, or the bulk of the long-haul timetable, to be cancelled, reports Bloomberg.

Pilots flying Airbus Group SE A330s, A340s and A380s and Boeing Co. 747s, as well as all cargo models, will strike from 8am to midnight (local time), the Vereinigung Cockpit union said in a statement today.

Monday, September 7, 2015

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Florida signs rapper as tourism ambassador

Destination marketing agency Visit Florida is keen to make sweet music with rapper Pitbull after signing up the artist as a state tourism ambassador.

During Pitbull’s upcoming concerts worldwide, Visit Florida’s #LoveFL hashtag will be featured on video screens including at his New Year’s Eve concert in Miami, which will be aired on the Fox TV network.

Pitbull, Armando Christian P-©rez, is a Miami native with Cuban roots and as part of the partnership with Visit Florida, will film the video for the single ‘Sexy Beaches’ in Florida.

“Pitbull is certainly ‘Mr. Worldwide,’ but he’s also a native Floridian with a true passion for the Sunshine State,” said Paul Phipps, chief marketing officer for Visit Florida.

“Aligning our two brands not only allows us to have a Florida ambassador who can help tell the authentic story of the state’s diverse travel experiences, but provides us a platform to reach a new generation of travellers through his global fan base.”

Pitbull has an estimated 100 million followers on social media channels.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2018322&c=setreg&region=2

 

On-duty air traffic controller found passed out drunk

On-duty air traffic controller found passed out drunk

An on-duty air traffic controller was arrested after being found unconscious and intoxicated on the tower floor.

Controller in charge, Philip Maschek, aged 50, was found in the early hours of the morning at the Springdale Municipal Airport, Arkansas, by another employee who said Maschek was ‘passed out in his chair with his shirt off’, according to a police report.

A pilot on the tarmac preparing to take off couldn’t get the tower to respond last Thursday, said Wyman Morgan, an airport official.

The controller position is a ‘highly sensitive’ role, Morgan said, who called police.

Morgan said Maschek had made an error ‘we couldn’t tolerate’.

“The tower operator has control and responsibility of the safety of the planes landing and taking off at the airport. It’s a very safety-oriented position,” Morgan added.

Maschek, who works for a contractor which operates air traffic control duties at the airport, failed sobriety tests and was clearly showing signs of intoxication, according to the police report.

“The FAA will work with the controller’s employer, to investigate the incident,” said FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro.

The contractor Robinson Aviation has also started its own investigation.

Maschek was arrested for public intoxication and is being held at Springdale jail.

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Disruption to Eurostar Services

Disruption to Eurostar Services
Eurostar have advised that due to an incident between Ashford and Ebbsfleet, the High Speed line remains closed to all trains in both directions and as a result, the following Eurostar trains will not operate today:

Trains from London

• 9126 (departs 10:58 to Brussels)
• 9022 (departs 11:31 to Paris)
• 9060 (departs 12:01 to Paris)

Trains from the Continent

• 9133 (departs Brussels at 12:52)
• 9031 (departs Paris at 13:10)
• 9145 (departs Brussels at 15:56)
• 9051 (departs Paris at 18:10)

Customers who were due to travel on these services can refund their ticket or exchange it for travel to another day.