Articles tagged “uk”

5 Takeaways From the UK’s Thomas Cook Inquiry

5 Takeaways From the UK’s Thomas Cook Inquiry

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Inquiries like these are often pretty brutal on company executives. Former CEO Peter Fankhauser shoulders a lot of responsibility for what went down at Thomas Cook but he's not the only one at fault. The actions of his predecessors, as well as the UK government itself, are likely to also come under scrutiny.

1 day ago

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

Rosie Spinks, Skift

What will happen with Brexit is still anyone's guess. But the end of the "freedom of movement" — which is the most likely outcome in the event of any Brexit deal or no deal — will present existential hiring challenges for the tourism sector's labor force.

6 days ago

Thomas Cook UK Shops Sold to Retail Rival Owned by Husband-and-Wife Team

Thomas Cook UK Shops Sold to Retail Rival Owned by Husband-and-Wife Team

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given the state of the traditional retail industry, on the surface this appears to be a risky deal. But Hays Travel is a profitable, growing business and will probably have secured the assets at a knockdown price. The company knows better than most how to make shops work.

1 week ago

UK’s Coastal Heritage — and Tourist Attractions — Under Threat From Sea Level Rise

UK’s Coastal Heritage — and Tourist Attractions — Under Threat From Sea Level Rise

Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg

Britain's coastal landscapes are an important part of its cultural heritage — as well as its touristic appeal. A new study says rising seal levels are already beginning to threaten that.

3 weeks ago

British Airways Owner IAG Cuts Profit Forecast After Strike Disruption

British Airways Owner IAG Cuts Profit Forecast After Strike Disruption

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

It's been a tough summer for a lot of European airlines with a number going out of business. IAG is in a pretty healthy financial state but has faced its own set of challenges, including a labor dispute at British Airways.

3 weeks ago

Thomas Cook Collapses, Ending 178-Year Reign in the Travel Business

Thomas Cook Collapses, Ending 178-Year Reign in the Travel Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The bankruptcy and liquidation of Thomas Cook is a monumental blow to the travel industry. The collapse of the company will continue to have ripple effects across the industry for a long time to come.

3 weeks ago

Saga Plays Long Game in Search for Cruise Nirvana

Saga Plays Long Game in Search for Cruise Nirvana

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Saga is making a big bet on cruising with its new ships and will be hoping that Brexit doesn't scupper its plans.

4 weeks ago

UK Tourism Isn’t Seeing a Boost From the Pound’s Downward Slide

UK Tourism Isn’t Seeing a Boost From the Pound’s Downward Slide

Eddie Spence, Bloomberg

One of the few upsides of a sliding pound for Brits might have been a potential boost in tourism. But, according to recent figures, there's been no such boost.

1 month ago

Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

Irene García Pérez, Christopher Jasper, and Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg

Ryanair expects minimal cancellations if pilots in Britain and Ireland go ahead with a strike as planned. But anticipated moves in the next few weeks promise many labor actions. Ryanair passengers should keep an eye on their flight statuses.

2 months ago

How Can Airbnb Guests Live Like Locals if Hosts Are, Well, Corporations?

How Can Airbnb Guests Live Like Locals if Hosts Are, Well, Corporations?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The professionalization of Airbnb may mean cleaner bedsheets and more front desks. But it may also contribute to higher home prices to the detriment of housing-squeezed neighborhoods — and a brand identity that is in dire need of a reboot.

2 months ago

Brexit Back in Focus for Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

Brexit Back in Focus for Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

After granting a Brexit extension, EU leaders urged the UK not to waste this extra time – but that is precisely what politicians have done. Talk of leaving without a deal has grown in recent weeks and that should terrify travel businesses, even those who would enjoy a boost in inbound visitors.

4 months ago

A New Generation of Luxury in the English Countryside

A New Generation of Luxury in the English Countryside

Samantha Shankman, Skift

There are a number of socioeconomic factors driving the investment and interest in refurbished luxury English countryside escapes, but the most basic is a driving desire from all involved to reconnect with sunlight, nature, and conscious meals in a comfortable setting.

4 months ago