Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries have agreed to implement a formal policy against promoting bullfighting and Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls festival. The travel firms’ action follows pressure from animal welfare campaigners PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). PETA said in a statement: ‘As we pointed out to the companies, following the bull run – during which many bulls and spectators have been injured – the animals are tormented and killed in cruel and archaic bullfights. ‘Some travel companies promote a visit to Pamplona as if it were just another holiday choice – failing to warn customers that they’ll be participating in a potentially life-threatening event and supporting one of the cruellest pastimes in the world.’ It added: ‘Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries are setting a great example by refusing to support cruel bullfighting in their brochures and advertising.’ According to The Daily Telegraph, Thomas Cook business manager Nancy Brock told PETA: ‘I was very disappointed to learn that [the promotion] had made its way onto any Thomas Cook website. ‘I plan to speak with the team leader responsible for that site so we can ensure that everyone knows and understands our stance on animal welfare issues.’ The Telegraph said easyJet removed all references to bullfighting from its websites two years ago. Source: e-TID
Dubai tops list of best hotel investment in 2013.
Beachfront hotels in Dubai continue to provide the highest occupancy rates and average rates per room in the Middle East, according to a new survey looking at data for the first half of 2013. According to the Ernst & Young Middle East Hotel Benchmark Survey, the hospitality industry in the UAE in particular saw positive growth throughout the first six months of 2013. Dubai achieved an overall increase in average occupancy of 2.0 percent, along with growth in average daily rate (ADR) from US$267 to $284. Beachfront locations performed even better with average occupancy up 3.7 percent to 84 percent and ADR up 4.85 percent to $389. Source: Arabian Business
Business travellers feel out of pocket.
Almost one in ten (8%) business travellers admit that work trips cause a strain on their relationships with family, partner or friends. The figure comes from market research firm Mintel, which also found that only a quarter (27%) of business travellers have been fully reimbursed for business trips taken. Almost a quarter (22%) say they often work longer hours while on business travel and just 19% of travellers have been reimbursed for time spent travelling outside normal hours. ‘With a sizable proportion of business travellers claiming that they work longer hours and that business trips are putting a strain on their relationships, companies looking to get the best out of employees in the time they are away should perhaps take note of where negative implications are occurring.’ While the report highlights some of the downsides to business travel, some three in ten (30%) business travellers admit that business trips offer a welcome change from everyday work life. There is a significant demand for mixing business with pleasure but few have combined the two, says Mintel. About 24% of business travellers would like to extend business trip to include leisure time but just 13% have done so. Source: e-TID