During construction work there are temporary arrangements for buses stopping at Schwanenplatz in Lucerne.
Bookings through smartphones and tablets represent the biggest part of the growth in the online travel sector globall (Tourism Review).
On 17 October a major interactive event called Lichtfront will follow the line of the Belgian Front as it existed in October 1914
Trafalgar Tours has announced 11 new tours for smaller groups in 2015.
Rome is now the most expensive destination in Europe and this is expected to impact the number of visitors.
Members may now log-in to read the latest British Region Bulletin.
09 September 2014 - Schönefeld airport Berlin
Berlin: As one of Europe's short haul weekend favourites with 1.18 million British visitors in 2013, there are many "no-frills" flights available, and most of these use Schönefeld Airport, a 45 minute ride by rail from the centre. However the airport lies just out side AB zone, A ticket to zone C is €3.20, only 60 cents more expensive than AB. If you are caught without the correct ticket there is an on-the-spot fine of €40. Signs in English are not readily visible.
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Free admission to Italian museums for over 65's, which had benefitted over a third of visitors, has been withdrawn (Tourism Review).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.
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.
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.
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.