The first of November marked the first day of the new, increased Air Passenger Duty (APD) paid by UK travellers. The APD is divided into four bands (A, B, C, and D), and each one has seen a rise, although long-haul travellers in band D will see the biggest increase.
US-based American International Group (AIG) has closed the deal to sell its foreign unit American Life Insurance Company (Alico) to MetLife for US$16.2 billion in cash and shares.
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has presented new research, which shows that around one in five holidaymakers is taking a risk by going abroad without any travel insurance.
According to the latest news reports, at least 23 people have been killed and around 170 are missing in Indonesia after an earthquake of the coast of Sumatra triggered a localised tsunami.
Indonesia’s tourism industry is enjoying a successful year so far, according to Sapta Nirwanda, director general of marketing at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and hopes are high that visitor numbers will exceed the seven-million mark by the end of the year.
Mondial Assistance UK is calling for fellow travel insurers to get behind a number of industry initiatives to tackle fraud. Mandy Aitchison reports
Three of the world’s biggest airlines have agreed to co-operate commercially on flights between Europe and North America, following more than 10 years of discussions.
Twenty tourists from Russia and one from the Ukraine were injured after their tour bus turned over around 15 km from the popular tourist resort of Pattaya in Thailand.
Tourists have been warned to take extra care before booking excursions or water sports activities in Turkey following several deaths of tourists in recent months. Mandy Aitchison has the story
Both the US State Department and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have heightened their terrorism level warnings for travel to certain European nations, following reports from intelligence services about possible terror attacks in Germany, the UK and France.