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14 April 2014 - be careful how you use your hands!

The hand sign that is a friendly gesture in your country may start a fist fight in another...


04 April 2014 - Good news for EU mobile phone users

The EU plans to scrap mobile phone roaming charges by December 2015.


17 March 2014 - EU to restrict air passenger rights?

EU Member States are considering whether to greatly restrict air passengers' rights to compensation for cancellation or delay.


 11 March 2014 - What distinguishes Chinese and Western tourists?

 This article from Tourism Review highlights five distinctions.


10 March 2014 - EU produces European food trails

Here is a website to make your mouth water, and to give you ideas for future tours.


26 February 2014 - US Travel Industry recovery

The US Travel Association reports that the industry has recovered 99% of the jobs lost during the recession.


24 February 2014 - Protect yourself from card fraud

This UK website gives excellent advice about how to protect yourself from card fraud and much more. We suggest copying the helpline telephone numbers and carrying them with you.


17 February 2014 - European Tourist expected to grow

The European Commission predicts further growth in tourism for 2014.


03 February 2014 - Looking for a tour with a difference?

Check out these seven tours with a difference, including Crop Circles, Prisons, Chernobyl and a Marijuana farm.


13 January 2014 - Large increase in visitors to Italy

Figures for the Christmas holiday season show a rise of 55% in European visitors and a 62% rise in visitors from other countries.


 22 November 2013 - Value of British tourism highlighted

A Visit Britain report shows that British Tourism supports 3,000,000 jobs.


 22 November 2013 - A&K launches two week tour for US$1.5m

Abercrombie and Kent have unveiled a $1.5 million round the world tour by private jet.


04 October 2013 - Passport validity in Europe

Effective 19 July 2013, some European countries will be implementing a requirement for all passports issued by non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries to be valid for 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. British and Swiss passport holders, plus other EEA nationals, may continue to enter these countries with passports that are valid on arrival.


14 May 2013 - World's most expensive tour?

Veryfirstto.com and Hurlingham Travel are offering probably the world's most expensive tour - two years visiting every UNESCO World Heritage Site - at a price of $1.5m (including a $14,000 donation to UNESCO).


13 March 2013 - New EU flight passenger rights

New EU rules with additional rights for air passengers are due to come into force in 2014. 


27 July 2012 - WTTC - "Travel and Tourism accounts for 1 in 12 jobs on the planet"

G20 leaders have for the first time recognized the importance of Travel and Tourism to the world economy.


27 April 2012 - Trafalgar says TMs are 'No. 1 element' in group travel

In a debate with Globus over marketing strategy, President of Trafalger, Paul Wiseman, says that the No. 1 element in group travel is a professional travel director. Read the full article by clicking the above link (travelweekly.com).


12 November  2007 - IATM Board makes statement on employment status of TMs.

At a meeting of the IATM board of directors held in London, 9-11 November, 2007, the board made an important statement of policy regarding the employment status of Tour Managers.


08 November 2004 - IATM Policy on GVI Class Action

A meeting of the IATM Board of Directors held 5-7 November, 2004, considered the implications of the recent GVI Class Action. A policy statement was agreed stressing the desire of Tour Managers to retain their freelance (independent contractor) status and encouraging Tour Operators to give greater recognition and value to their Tour Managers.

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