Competition & Markers Authority pauses Teletext legal action | News

The Competition & Markers Authority (CMA) has paused legal action against Teletext Holidays and Alpharooms.com after the companies entered into voluntary liquidation. The government watchdog launched legal action against the travel agents in October, arguing there had been inadequate progress on refunds to package holiday customers. In May, the government body announced that Truly Holdings, the company that operates Teletext Holidays, and its sister company, the travel operator Alpharooms.com, had signed undertakings committing to refund package holiday customers for holidays cancelled during the pandemic. These undertakings had not been met. A statement explained: “The CMA considers that it is important to continue Read More …

Japan relaunches UK travel trade website | News

The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has relaunched its UK travel trade website. The platform features news, resources, webinars and giveaway campaigns across Japan to prepare agents for when the Japanese border reopens. Agents can keep up to date with monthly newsletters, online training as well as complimentary access to a photo library to assist in promoting the destination. Key Japan supplier information can be found on file ensuring that agents have all they need to convert inquiries into bookings. Additionally, the site features up-to-date Coronavirus travel information, the best contacts at the JNTO London office and endless itinerary inspiration. Read More …

Vail snaps up three more US ski resorts | News

Vail Resorts has entered into an agreement to purchase Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. As a part of the acquisition, Vail Resorts will also acquire Hidden Valley Resort and the operations of Laurel Mountain Ski Area. The purchase price for the ski areas, plus a hotel, conference centre and other related operations, is approximately $125 million, subject to certain adjustments. “We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to add Seven Springs to our family of resorts along with Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief executive of Vail Resorts. “As a company, we have been focused Read More …

Hilton boosts Saudi hotel development plans | News

Hilton has reaffirmed its commitment to continued development in Saudi Arabia, creating more than 10,000 new jobs, as part of an ambitious expansion plan across the kingdom. The news follows a meeting between Ahmed Al Khateeb, Saudi Arabia minister of tourism, and Chris Nassetta, chief executive of Hilton, in Riyadh. The new roles, which contribute towards Saudi Arabia’s target of one million new jobs in tourism as part of the Vision 2030 economic transformation plan, will be created as a result of a fast-growing portfolio of hotels. Speaking after the meeting, Al Khateeb said: “Today’s commitment by Hilton to new Read More …