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UK hotel demand to soar following Brexit

The number of hotel room nights sold in the second half of 2016 is forecast to jump 30 per cent year-on-year on the back of Brexit, according to travel brokerage firm, Tourico Holidays. According to company booking data, Tourico has already sold nearly a quarter of a million room nights in the UK in 2016 led by a 12 per cent year-on-year increase from the United States. It said while source markets like China and Germany only account for a small amount of inbound UK travel bookings, both markets have increased their average daily reservations to the UK by over 100 per cent since the vote to leave the EU.

The United Kingdom has always been one of Tourico s top revenue earning destinations, but early booking trends since Brexit show a falling Pound is actually strengthening the UK travel market, said Mark Redmond, VP of the European Region for Tourico Holidays.

Not only will international travellers see it as an opportunity to finally book a trip to what was formerly considered a high-priced destination, we anticipate British travellers will also travel more within the UK to avoid exchanging a weak currency.

The data also showed secondary markets, like Manchester, have already grown 60 per cent year-over-year in forward bookings since the Brexit vote.

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School holiday travel chaos

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A showdown could be looming over the threat of strike action by airport security staff. The Government is not ruling out intervening to keep planes in the air after threatened strike action by aviation security workers during the school holidays. Transport Minister Simon Bridges confirmed Cabinet was briefed on contingency plans to keep airport security checks going if mediation to avert the strike failed.

While neither Bridges or Prime Minister John Key would spell out the options, Key confirmed outside staff could “potentially” be used to cover the gaps.

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Strike action over the school holidays expected to cause widespread chaos. That could include flying up South Island staff who have already settled their contract to cover gaps at North Island airports.

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Others with specialised skills in security screening include police, customs or defence personnel but Key would not confirm they were among the options under consideration.

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Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the Government could step in.

“Obviously for safety and security we need to have people who can look at those x-ray machines, understand exactly what they’re looking for and make sure they’re providing the protection New Zealanders and others travelling through our airports need and deserve.”

Aviation Security workers will hold rolling three hour strikes in Auckland and Wellington on July 20, July 25 and July 27. The first strike coincides with school holidays. There will also be overtime bans in place at various times in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Public Service Association said on Tuesday aviation security unions had agreed to last minute mediation on July 15 but strike notices would remain in place.

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“We’re hopeful AvSec will be able to bring an offer to the table which will resolve this stalemate,” PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay said.

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Key said Civil Aviation believed it could minimise disruption to both international tourists and New Zealanders affected by the timing over the school Discount Holidays © holiday period. His advice was that airports could stay open, but there would be “considerable delays” unless contingency plans were put in place.

“It’s coinciding with a very busy time during the school holidays. So we don’t want to see Discount Holidays © holiday makers disrupted. We’ve been actively trying to settle this, as we’ve done with one of the three unions.”

Bridges said he was still hoping for an “amicable solution” to avoid strike.

But if that failed, he would not rule out government intervention.

“That is possible. But the assurances I’ve sought makes it clear to me that the Civil Aviation Authority is pretty confident they have the contingency plans in place to minimise that disruption.”

‘UNION BASHING’

Labour leader Andrew Little said the suggestion that police or others might fill in was “union bashing”. National had history for strike breaking under former prime minister’s Sid Holland and Rob Muldoon.

“No doubt they celebrated all that this weekend at their 80th birthday. But that would be classic National Party if they want to go back down that path, and in the end I think, most people expect the Government to turn to their employers and say ‘yep, we’ve got to treat you reasonably, treat you professionally, and sit round the table and achieve the settlement.”

Little said unions did not take this action lightly.

“It’s my experience that union members do not rush into taking industrial action.

Most of them hate it.

“They don’t like having to lose pay, when they think they’re being treated unjustly by their employer.”

FIRST IN 30 YEARS

The industrial action will be the first walk-off by aviation security staff in 30 years and their union says they have no choice. Unions and their employer, Aviation Security5, failed to settle longstanding claims over pay and conditions for a proposed new collective agreement. Members say they will strike for two weeks, during one of the busiest times of the year for the winter airline schedule.

Public Service Association and E tu members voted for a series of three-hour strikes at Auckland and Wellington airport and a ban on overtime and working extra hours for staff at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay said the action would be the first time AvSec staff had walked off the job since the mid-1980s. Aviation security staff are law enforcement officials and are responsible for maintaining security, searches, and airport access.

Barclay said there would be “significant disruption” to the travelling public.

“Our members are very reluctant to do this, but they feel like they have no choice.

“The latest offer by the Aviation Security Service will see some of our members go three years without a pay rise.”

But Bridges said the offer to Aviation Security staff was “a strong” one.

“If you compare across the public sector they can be seen as at the upper end …indeed aviation security officers have been – in terms of their terms and conditions – also at the upper end compared with other outfits doing comparable work. We’ve seen here a strike notice designed to cause maximum disruption by the unions.”

Aviation Security said a statement planned for Tuesday afternoon would be delayed and it would not speak to media.

PREPARE FOR DELAYS

APX Travel Management chief executive Andrew Dale said it was advising its corporate customers to allow extra time when travelling to the airport during the strike, especially during the peak periods of early morning and late afternoon.

“Due to the familiarity of airport process for regular travellers they often leave their arrival for a flight to the last minute,” Dale said.

“We don’t want anyone getting caught out when the strikes are scheduled.”

He did not anticipate any major disruption during off peak times. Flight Centre NZ general manager retail Sue Matson said travellers flying internationally should arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departs.

“We also recommend our customers touch base with their airline or departure airport directly before flying to check for schedule changes,” Matson said.

Flight Centre customers could also call its 24-hour helpline for up to date information.

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1,543 avail e-tourist visa

Summary: Ahmedabad: As many as 1,543 tourists availed e-tourist visa at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in January this year. NRG season, tourist festivals and several international business seminars and conclaves have ensured a steady flow of foreign tourists.Since the launch of the scheme, 4,963 tourists have availed e-tourist visa at the city airport in the last five months. Around 228 tourists availed the scheme in September followed by 560 in October, 777 in November and around 1,855 in December last year.The Ahmedabad airport has continued to get tourists availing e-tourist visa in large numbers since the launch of the scheme in September last year at the airport. In December 2015, around 30,038 FTAs were registered at the city airport.FTAs during January 2016 were 8.44 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.91 lakh during January 2015 and 7.58 lakh during January 2014.There has been a growth of 6.8% in FTAs in January 2016. Maximum arrivals of tourists on e-tourist visa were from countries like the UK and US followed by Russia, France, Germany, Australia and Canada among others.Six other airports including Varanasi, Lucknow and Amritsar too had got e-tourist visa service approval along with Ahmedabad.But Ahmedabad airport has received maximum tourists among the new airports which have sought this service.According to the Union ministry of tourism, during the month of January 2016, a total of 88,162 tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 25,023 during the month of January 2015 across the country, registering a growth of 252.3%.This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-tourist visa for 113 countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries.As many as 29,034 foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) were registered at Ahmedabad airport in January 2016 against 26, 307 FTAs in January 2015, registering a growth of 10.3%. Ahmedabad: As many as 1,543 tourists availed e-tourist visa at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in January this year. Around 228 tourists availed the scheme in September followed by 560 in October, 777 in November and around 1,855 in December last year.The Ahmedabad airport has continued to get tourists availing e-tourist visa in large numbers since the launch of the scheme in September last year at the airport.

NRG season, tourist festivals and several international business seminars and conclaves have ensured a steady flow of foreign tourists.Since the launch of the scheme, 4,963 tourists have availed e-tourist visa at the city airport in the last five months.

Maximum arrivals of tourists on e-tourist visa were from countries like the UK and US followed by Russia, France, Germany, Australia and Canada among others.Six other airports including Varanasi, Lucknow and Amritsar too had got e-tourist visa service approval along with Ahmedabad.But Ahmedabad airport has received maximum tourists among the new airports which have sought this service.According to the Union ministry of tourism, during the month of January 2016, a total of 88,162 tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 25,023 during the month of January 2015 across the country, registering a growth of 252.3%.This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-tourist visa for 113 countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries.As many as 29,034 foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) were registered at Ahmedabad airport in January 2016 against 26, 307 FTAs in January 2015, registering a growth of 10.3%.

In December 2015, around 30,038 FTAs were registered at the city airport.FTAs during January 2016 were 8.44 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.91 lakh during January 2015 and 7.58 lakh during January 2014.There has been a growth of 6.8% in FTAs in January 2016.. .

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/1543-avail-e-tourist-visa/articleshow/51086321.cms