You, me, our friends and family, all of us are part of the same life drama, that is if you think about it. One thing we all witness, but not simultaneously, is the marketing and commercial display of the people and places that make up our world. Today, Argo Travel presents the best such commercial representation we’ve seen released this month – the latest video via Tui Travel’s YouTube Channel.
Horrible news for high street and travel, Thomas Cook will cut some 2,500 UK jobs and close nearly 200 agencies according to news from Reuters, the world’s oldest travel firm. The Euro and other economic crises in key markets for Cook are to blame for what might end a fatal blow to the 172 year old company.
TUI Travel PLC’s CEO talks about what’s to come in 2013, as well as profitably for 2012. There’s a lot to be said for TUI, sunshine, and smiles – out of the gloomy forecast, some TUI brightness appears to shine.
A brief announcement from TUI Travel, TUI Travel is slated to issue their financial results for the period ending 31 December via conference call on Thursday, 7 February 2013.
In leftover tech news for travel, several bits of merit come into view today. From Carlson Wagonlit’s $20 million acquisition of WorldMate to Stayz buying YesBookit, the digital space is lively this week.
Good news for Romania tourism, leading tour operators TUI and ITS have decided not to withdraw from the market there for the coming year. According to the news, the Romanian Ministry of Tourism and Regional Development’s (MDRT’s) recent talks with the German companies ended in success apparently.
Global hospitality firm Carlson has announced Trudy Rautio (at left) as the new president and CEO after Hubert Joly steps down. The move makes Rautio on the 5th head of the company in its 74 year history. The family owned business includes the brands Radisson Hotels, T.G.I Friday’s, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Public relations agencies Mirror Communications and PRwave International have partnered to design customized social media packages for the tourism industry, aiming to help small and medium sized companies in this segment better tap in the potential of the community they target.
What could Google do with Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO)? This is the question some insiders may be asking if reports of the beleaguered travel deal company’s sale ring true. Having had shared plummet over 70 percent since last year, Travelzoo would seem ripe for the picking, but just who’s plucking online booking portals these days? Reuters has it the company is seeking advisers on a potential sell.
Surfing the web is a pass time for some, a job for others, but a necessity for finding anything good on the web. No matter what service one signs up for, which social network they cotton to, without Googling for some excellence or even relevance, a lot is missed. Argo Travel News tries to bring some surfing gems to you periodically. So here are some luxury sites you may not have skimmed across yet.
The financials are in from Expedia. According to the reports, wile quarter 4 revenue was up by 6.7% at $787.1 million compared with the previous year, expenses took their toll virtually eliminating and growth for 2011.
Beleaguered Thomas Cook has unloaded gold and hotel business in Spain to help slash debt which has crippled their business of late. The 170 year old company will be selling their stake in Hoteles Y Clubs De Vacaciones for a reported £72 million. The news comes in advance of delayed Thomas Cook annual results which will almost certainly spur massive store closings and job losses.
Yesterday we began a series on online travel agency CEOs, and a recent interview conducted by USA TODAY’s Veronica Gould Stoddart and Roger Yu. We analyzed a bit, some key decision makers’ mindset on the question of whether consumers want (will get) richer content from these industry giants during their travel searches. Expedia, Orbitz, TripAdvisor, parent Expedia, Travelocity, and Priceline bosses all had their views there.
The unveiling of the dynamic new addition to the internet travel community was announced today, as the EuropeTravel.net portal finally went live. EuropeTravel is a unique social network community geared towards European travel, with the stated goal of bringing together travel companies, tour operators and travelers to engage in information sharing for all 55 European nations.
In budget travel news, sightseeing tour company, Tours4Fun, announced a new partnership with Hop2 Travel for offering direct access for affordable flights. The Los Angeles based tour company will also add Hop2 offerings like car rentals, hotels, and even cruises for their clients. Argo takes a look at this news bit to evaluate some OTA corporate moves – is this news or not? Let’s see.