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The Tunisia Inquest - An Innocence Lost; A Radical Solution!

Today marks the beginning of the end of a very long and painful journey for the Families of the 38 UK & other Nationalities, who were killed following the awful events on Sousse beach on 26 June 2015. On that day, an innocence was lost on the sands of Sousse in Tunisia. In our view, that innocence attaches itself to Travel Companies, Government and Consumers. Following this terrible atta... 28 February 2017

Reaction to BBC Panorama's Investigation into Sousse Attacks

BBC Panorama's investigation into the 2015 Sousse beach attack has revealed the raw emotion that has remained hidden since that fateful day. The attacks have proved to be a watershed in Travel Advisories and how holiday destinations are sold; for British holidaymakers and their families it was not just about unbearable grief but an innocence that was lost in the sands of Sousse. Scenes from th... 9 January 2017

Consumer Group urges UK PM to be cautious on Egypt

The recent press announcement by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), calling on the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, to create the conditions for the resumption of flights from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh, has once again raised security concerns for holidaymakers. They argue that the UK Department for Transport security conditions... 2 December 2016

Indisputable evidence on 'Risk Destinations'!

The recent atrocities in Tunisia and Thailand serve to make the point the the world has become regionally complex and offers a risk to many ordinary people, unaware of their potential exposure to that risk. Many of you following me will know that my view is quite clear;  because of the complexity and risk that exists in the world, you can no longer sell holidays via a one-stop universal model.... 25 August 2015

Risk Destinations: Some Predictions!

Just before this last week-end, we were speaking in the press about 'risk destinations' and the failure of brochures and UK Foriegn Office Advisories to spell out exactly what kind of problems exist in some destinations. We have been speaking about these issues since 2007; the premise is simple - some destinations attract a higher risk, such as terrorism, civil disorder or extreme weather even... 24 August 2015

Call for Travel Industry to help holidaymakers mitigate decisions on 'risk destinations'!

The Bangkok bomb once again underlines the perilous line between normal life and threats to individuals. Through this incident we see also the nebulous line between FCO Travel Advices and what is sold in a brochure and a general failure by the travel industry to offer a clear picture, using their extensive skills, to provide full information about a given destination. For example, HolidayTrave... 19 August 2015

Risk or No-Risk Destination? The problem for intending UK holidaymakers!

I try; I really try not to be too negative or to be overly critical, but sometimes you just have to speak out! This is one of those times! The situation in North Africa is dire and Greece presents uncertainty, so now is not the time for feint-hearts; those that need to be challenged should be prepared to meet that challenge openly and constructively! However, when I do raise issues, I am ofte... 14 July 2015

Checklist for Greece: An update for Holidaymakers!

Following on from our Checklist for Greece article yesterday, this fast moving situation will require updating as matters develop. It will also require updating as and when we hear from holidaymakers about what the situation in Greece is like. This latter point is important because I have recently been discussing this issue on the radio along with travel industry spokespersons. Those interviews... 7 July 2015

Shock & Horror in Tunisia; Advice for worried Holidaymakers

Today my heart goes out to the Victims, their Families and Friends and the Tunisian people; all of us here at HolidayTravelWatch offer our deepest sympathies and support. I have however been holding my breath for sometime. I have been watching the nightly news of the terrors taking place along the Mediterranean coast of North Africa and witnessing the unfolding of a Humanitarian Nightmare. In... 26 June 2015

HolidayTravelWatch calls for the immediate repatriation of UK Holidaymakers from Egypt

HolidayTravelWatch has this week noted with sadness, the deaths and injuries sustained following the attack on holidaymakers and holiday staff near Taba in Egypt.  The Organisation sincerely expresses its very deep sympathies to those families affected and to the injured. Since 2011, we have been consistently expressing our concerns as to the wisdom of offering and providing holidays to Egypt... 19 February 2014