Monthly Archives: July 2015

28 Jul

Britons splashing the cash on holiday

Britons are spending more money abroad than ever before, as the holiday season kicks into full swing. New figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal holidaymakers spent £3.3 billion in May, representing the highest figure for the month since current records began back in 2007. Some 6.1 million overseas trips were made during

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23 Jul

Beach holiday boost for easyJet

EasyJet is predicting bigger profits this year following a surge in holidaymakers in search of sun, sand and sea. The budget airline flew 19.1 million passengers in the three months to the end of June, up 6.2% on the previous quarter. Strong demand for beach holidays was behind the rise, with Britons packing their bags

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22 Jul

Holidaying drivers to benefit from diesel cuts

Drivers heading on trips overseas will benefit from further reductions in the price of diesel. With the school summer holidays now upon us, the cost of filling up a diesel tank is now less costly than a petrol one – something that has not happened since 2000. Diesel vehicle-driving motorists planning on travelling abroad can

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21 Jul

‘£370m paid out’ in travel insurance

Travel insurance helps around 4,000 people every week who fall ill or get injured while abroad, industry figures show. Last year, travel insurers paid out a total of £370 million for 581,000 claims made by travellers who needed assistance. Of these tourists, more than 202,000 people needed to make a claim for medical treatment, an

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20 Jul

Holidaymakers ‘not reclaiming tax’

Millions of holidaymakers may be failing to get the most out of their travel money when shopping abroad, a new study suggests. Tax-free shopping is available in many countries, but over the last two years less than one in 12 (8%) Britons have reclaimed tax on the items they have bought while on holiday. Direct

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15 Jul

Heathrow traveller numbers hit June high

Traveller numbers passing through Heathrow Airport have reached a record June figure of 6.6 million customers. This represents a 1.1% rise on the same month in 2014, the airport reported. Last month’s figures also reveal the best-ever flight numbers for June, at 40,600, many of them ferrying passengers to holidays abroad. John Holland-Kaye, chief executive

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14 Jul

Sterling request ‘refused on Greek island’

Holidaymakers in Greece have been left wishing they had exchanged all their travel money before leaving the UK, with some suggesting banks have stopped changing Sterling into euros. Alan Seabury, who has been island-hopping with his partner Janet Taylor for the last month, says they ran into trouble after arriving on Naxos in the Aegean.

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09 Jul

Holidaymakers warned of Tube strike

The London Underground (LU) strike could cause issues today for holidaymakers trying to get to Heathrow Airport. The Tube is at a standstill as thousands of Underground staff walk out in protest at all-night services due to start in September. Picket lines are mounted outside Tube stations by members of four trade unions involved in

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