Watch this video from the BBC to see where the world takes its holidays
Marking the centenary of WWI the Commonwwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has set up special website pages with vast amounts of information on events and topics.
Free admission to Italian museums for over 65's, which had benefitted over a third of visitors, has been withdrawn (Tourism Review).
IATM members resident in EU States are reminded that Citybond offers a discount for travel insurance. Click the link above for further information. (Member log-in required).
From today roaming charges in EU countries have been cut in half ahead of plans to scrap them completely (BBC).
Read more about the final resting place in Belgium of over 25,000 German soldiers from WWI.
Technology has advanced to the point where your smartphone will soon replace room keys (USA Today).
The destination for the 2015 IATM Convention will be East Coast USA. The dates are 15-24 January, 2015 from Washington to New York via Philadelphia and Atlantic City, with a possible extra two days in Newport to attend the ITMI Syposium and on to Boston. Watch this space for further details!
The hand sign that is a friendly gesture in your country may start a fist fight in another...
The EU plans to scrap mobile phone roaming charges by December 2015.
EU Member States are considering whether to greatly restrict air passengers' rights to compensation for cancellation or delay.
This article from Tourism Review highlights five distinctions.
Here is a website to make your mouth water, and to give you ideas for future tours.
The US Travel Association reports that the industry has recovered 99% of the jobs lost during the recession.
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.
The European Commission predicts further growth in tourism for 2014.
Check out these seven tours with a difference, including Crop Circles, Prisons, Chernobyl and a Marijuana farm.
Figures for the Christmas holiday season show a rise of 55% in European visitors and a 62% rise in visitors from other countries.
A Visit Britain report shows that British Tourism supports 3,000,000 jobs.
Abercrombie and Kent have unveiled a $1.5 million round the world tour by private jet.
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.
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).
New EU rules with additional rights for air passengers are due to come into force in 2014.
G20 leaders have for the first time recognized the importance of Travel and Tourism to the world economy.
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).
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.