The ICE Newsroom

08 Oct

Solo foreign holidays ‘on the rise’

Solo foreign holidays are being taken by record numbers of people, according to new research. Mercury Holidays finds that the amount of tourists heading abroad on their own is up by nearly a fifth (18%) compared with the 2014 data. And the travel specialist claims that most of these people will be in a long-term

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05 Oct

Holidays third in parents’ child cost list

Holidays are the third biggest expense for parents bringing up children in their early years, according to new research. Halifax reports that Britons spend an average of £748 a year on domestic and/or foreign holidays for children up to 11 years old. The bank says this works out at £62.38 a month and represents a

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23 Sep

Bid to reform term-time holiday rules

Family travel costs could be cut if existing term-time holiday bans for schoolchildren were scrapped, the Liberal Democrats have suggested. Under the plans, parents who wanted to travel abroad in term-time would be given a maximum of 10 days to keep their children off school in special situations. The party called the ban “socially divisive”,

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22 Sep

Travel spending hits record high

Holidaying Britons got through a record £3.4 billion worth of travel money in July, new official figures reveal. The provisional, seasonally adjusted total is the highest in a single month since such figures were first recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) more than eight years ago. It is also 20% up on the

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21 Sep

Millions ‘want to go on cruise holidays’

Millions of holidaymakers would like to get a taste of life on the ocean waves by going on a cruise, a new survey’s results suggest. One in four of those quizzed say they have already holidayed at sea, with another 40% saying they would like to go on a cruise. One in 10 of those

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18 Sep

Gatwick offers flight connection ‘guarantee’

Gatwick Airport has launched a service designed to protect travellers from ending up out of pocket if they miss a connecting flight. GatwickConnects, as it is called, allows passengers to book combinations of low-cost flights, protected against delays and cancellations, for a fee of £27.50. Budget and full-service combinations are expected to become available in

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17 Sep

Future retirees planning foreign holidays

Holidays abroad top the ‘bucket lists’ of future retirees, according to a new poll. Over six in 10 (62%) intend to spend their pension pots on a so-called “grey gap year”, allocating travel money for foreign jaunts and various holidays, Nest finds. The pension scheme’s survey suggests that the last thing on the minds of

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15 Sep

Holiday season fuels record airport figures

Holiday season has helped three of the UK’s leading airports to break their monthly passenger records, according to new figures. August saw an exodus of holidaymakers opting to travel abroad, with Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow airports all gaining all-time high numbers. As many as 2.6 million passengers went through Manchester Airport in August, representing a

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15 Sep

Parents ‘only holiday hope for many’

Many young adults only get a holiday if they tag along with their parents, a new survey shows. Seven out of 10 of 25 to 34 year-olds have done this in 2015 because they cannot afford one themselves, Capital One’s poll of 1,000 adults finds. The credit card firm says that these “boomerang” tourists are

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11 Sep

Healthy Brits ‘opting for active holidays’

Over seven in 10 Britons (72%) would be happy to consider a healthy holiday, according to new research. But rather than travel abroad to find it, they are more likely to look at an active break in the UK than anywhere else, Flora ProActiv suggests. The survey of 2,000 people shows that Alpine skiing or

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