Avro adds new route options for 2010

Avro has put on sale a range of new routes and additional flying days for summer 2010 to include new flights with Monarch to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester as well as a new flight to Cagliari, Sardinia from London Heathrow to operate from 15 May to 25 September for 7 and 14 night durations.

In addition to the 10% increase in charter capacity, the operator is also offering agents access to more than five million commissionable flight seats for summer 2010 through its dedicated link to Monarch’s scheduled stock across Spain, its islands, Portugal and Cyprus.

The company's managing director, Michael Vinales, said: “Our agents need as much flexibility as possible to compete in the expanding dynamic packaging market. Increased frequencies and additional departure airports to the most popular holiday and home buying destinations are crucial to their success and by combining our own charter stock with that of sister company, Monarch’s scheduled stock we are able to do this.

"New for 2010 the flight to Sardinia costs from £199 per person and will operate each Saturday throughout the summer season. With destinations like Turkey and Sharm el Sheikh continuing to thrive in the dynamic packaging market we are also increasing capacity to the destinations with summer 2010 having flights from Gatwick to Dalaman six days a week and up to three times daily and from Manchester five days per week. For Antalya, capacity for 2010 has also been increased from both Birmingham and Manchester and flights to Bodrum will also operate with added frequency from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. To Sharm flights will be offered five times weekly from Gatwick and twice from Manchester. For long-haul we are maintaining our growth to include flights to Tobago, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, Male, Mombasa and Cancun."

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Transpacific moves to online marketing

Transpacific Holidays is to cease producing individual destination brochures from next month and instead will be using its Website as its marketing platform. The decision has been made following increased use of the Web for holiday ideas and price comparisons. The company’s Website has been enhanced and will be continually upgraded to offer a greater visual experience, with destination information and offers uploaded daily. The operator is offering agents the opportunity to become one of its preferred agents, which offers access to a customised version of the site, housed by its server, to avoid clients contacting the company directly. The site’s home page and the header banners will display the agent’s company identity and contact details, with contact details of the operator removed. As an example of how the site works visit www.carolynlodgetravel-pacificholidays.co.uk For further information call 01342-840555.

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Key West debut from AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways is to launch direct flights into Key West from Orlando from December 17, to offers British holiday makers the option of exploring the Florida Keys and Orlando theme parks. The airline is to operate a Boeing 737-700 aircraft four times weekly between the destinations with prices starting at £72 per person one-way, plus taxes and fees. For details visit www.airtran.com and for information about the Florida Keys & Key West, visit www.fla-keys.com

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Elegant Resorts offers seven nights for three in Thailand

Elegant Resorts is offering seven nights for the price of three at Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, Thailand. Prices cost from £1,520 per person, offering a saving of £1,260 per couple, based on two adults sharing a Pool Villa on a room-only basis and including flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways and private transfers. The offer is valid until October 31.

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Shearings arranges hotel portfolio in two new brands

Shearings has divided its 49-strong UK hotel portfolio into two new brands to increase its offering to independent travellers as well as its traditional coach customer. Its ‘Bay’ hotels maintain the company’s tried and tested formula for resort holidays, while ‘Coast & Country’ hotels are each unique in appearance, designed to appeal to both package and self-drive customers, making it easier for agents to sell.
The new branding forms part of the company’s launch of three new 2010 brochures, which include 30 new UK tours, 12 new european itineraries and 34 river cruise holidays across 14 ships.
For more information contact call Sales Support on 01942 823449 or visit www.shearingsagent.com

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Butlins offers range of festive breaks

Butlins is preparing for its festive season with Christmas break deals on selected dates.
From December 11-14 at Bognor Regis and December 18-21 at all three resorts, a three-night Christmas Fantasy Break is offered with prices starting from £63 per person.
A four-night Christmas Break from December 23-27 includes a five course traditional Christmas lunch on Christmas Day for all dinner, bed-and-breakfast breaks, which is also available to self-catering guests. Seven night breaks are also available from £143 per person at Minehead.
Meanwhile a Christmas Party Break between Christmas and New Year runs from December 27-30 and costs from £65 per person at Minehead, where six night breaks are also available from £156.
New Year Breaks from December 30 – January 2, feature a fireworks display along with a host of activities and entertainment, costing from £117 per person at Minehead.
For more information visit www.bourneleisuresales.co.uk or call 0845-070 4742.

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Four first edition brochures by Thomson

Thomson has launched four 2010 first edition brochures which have all undergone a revamp to feature redesigned resort pages and new hotel concept pages. Brochure highlights include first edition brochures for Italy, Croatia, Montenegro & Corsica and Portugal & Madeira as well as direct flights to Montenegro and an all new Dance Leader Hotel concept where dancing is integral to the holiday experience. Additional all-inclusive properties have been added for this winter as well as more kids’ clubs at selected hotels.
For summer 2010 the operator has added three new destinations to its Egypt Year Round programme including the resort of Marsa Matruh and the all-inclusive five-star resorts of Jaz Almaza and the Jaz Oriental. Seven nights at the Jaz Almaza in Marsa Matruh cost from £549 per person departing from May 2010 with new flight routes from Gatwick and Manchester. For details call 0871-231 4725.

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