Holidays: Michael O'Leary slams UK travel restrictions
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TUI has announced another round of holiday cancellations. The UK’s largest tour operator said it “unfortunately had to cancel all holidays” due to “ongoing uncertainty”.
The company has cancelled the following:
Up to and including June 28:
Up to and including July 4:
Aruba, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece – Crete (Chania), Kavala, Kefalonia, Mykonos, Preveza, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Italy, Jamaica, Malta, Spain – Mainland Spain, Formentera, Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, La Palma, All Tui, Lakes & Mountains destinations
Up to and including July 11:
Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey
The company also cancelled all holidays with non-Tui flights to Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and UAE up to and including July 11.
TUI said: “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned.
“We are constantly reviewing our holiday programme and cancellations in line with the Government updates every three weeks, with the next update expected on 24 June.
“All customers will be contacted as soon as possible if there is any change to their booking.”
It added: “All customers impacted by these cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund.
“Or they can change to a later date or alternative holiday and receive a booking incentive.
“If we need to cancel any future holidays because of updated Government guidance, we will be in touch directly and aim to give customers at least seven days’ notice.”
However, the operator has created hundreds of new UK excursions, activities and attractions in order to provide customers with an alternative summer holiday.
Experiences will be available in both city centres and rural and countryside areas.
Some attractions will be London-based, such as Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Studios, Westminster Abbey and The London Eye.
Outside the capital, experiences will include Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile walking tour, Belfast’s Titanic Museum, Stonehenge, and Chessington World of Adventures.
TUI marketing officer, Katie McAlister, said: “We’re thrilled to grow our domestic experiences programme further, with the addition of hundreds of UK excursions, activities and tickets serving the ever-increasing demand for new experiences, both during travel and while at home.
“Through our website, customers can easily search and instantly book some of the UK’s most popular and sought-after experiences, whether it be for a staycation, day trip, or perhaps a local activity to extend that holiday feeling after returning home from abroad.”
All UK experiences can now be booked through TUI’s website.
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