New routes from Leeds by Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced three new destinations to its winter 2009/10 and summer 2010 programmes from Leeds airport. The airline has added Sharm El Sheikh from November 3 to April 27, 2010 and Monastir from November 1-22 and March 7- April 25, 2010.
Meanwhile, for next summer, the airline is offering the  beach resorts of Antalya and Sharm el Sheikh, available from May 4 to October 26.
Airtours is offering seven nights all-inclusive at the four-star Hotel Sol Sharm in Sharm el Sheikh from £419 per person.
It is based on a January 24 departure and is based on two sharing. For further informatio or to book call 0844-871 6636 or visit www.airtours

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Special Occasions brochure from AITO

AITO Specialist Travel Agents are preparing a warm welcome for new and existing clients with a revised programme of in-store events and the launch of its new Special Occasions brochure during AITO Week, which takes place between October 3-10.  A selection of agents will be taking part in promotions, competitions, drinks, lunches and special window displays to spread the message of services offered by AITO, as well as the launch and distribution of a new Special Occasions brochure, which features a range of classic and unusual ways to celebrate special occasions. Members offering holidays in the brochure include Aspects of Tunisia, Baltic Holidays, Cedarberg African Travel, Discover Ltd, Indus Tours & Travel Ltd, InsideJapan Tours, Okavango Tours and Safaris Ltd, Safari Consultants, Specialised Tours and Visions Holiday Group. Visit

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Far East brochure launch by Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings, has launched its new Far East brochure for 2010 featuring a comprehensive programme of escorted group tours and private tailor-made travel to China, Japan, Mongolia and South East Asia. New for next year are twin-centre private journeys combining China with Japan and Thailand with Laos, a comprehensive journey through Thailand and tailor-made travel ideas for Japan, Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
 As an example of prices, a nine-night China Experience group tour costs from £1,745 per person.  (the same price as 2009) and offers an affordable introduction to the country in just nine nights.
For more information visit www.coxandkings/agent or call 020-7873 5020.

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LHR lounge launch from Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is to open a new premium lounge at Heathrow airport as part of the airline’s flights moving from Terminal Three to Terminal Four on September 30.
First and Business Class customers and the airline's  Gold and Silver card holders will have access to the new lounge, which features individual treatment rooms where therapists from Six Senses Spa will offer facials, foot and leg massages, five-star dining facilities cooked in an open kitchen, business centre with individual workstations, a relaxing seating area and a bathroom and shower facilities.

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Door-to-door service from CarryMyLuggage has launched a new door-to-door EU service for British holidaymakers and business travellers looking to escape add-on baggage charges and is offering a 10% commission to agents on all sales. The service picks up luggage from the customers' home and delivers the bags ahead to their hotel, resort or villa.

The company says that agents can offer the service to their clients for convenience and to remove last-minute airline baggage charges, and that for many passenegrs the service will work out cheaper than the standard baggage charges on the big ‘low-cost’ airlines. Prices cost from £65 one-way for a 20kg suitcase. The company provides a trackable, insured service and can also transport ski and snowboard equipment as well as golf bags. For more information call 0845-009 0362 or visit


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Tourism Society and Tourism Management Institute (TMI) join forces

The Tourism Society and The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) unveiled their plans to join forces yesterday following a unanimous vote by TMI members to fully integrate with the Tourism Society at the TMI annual general meeting (AGM).

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AITO welcomes ABTA’s re-think on consumer protection

The Association of Independent Tour Operators welcomes ABTA’s fresh look at consumer protection in the travel industry.

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