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2024-02-01T08:34:54.633Z

Latest Travel News 20th February 2023
As the world continues to open up, the travel industry is experiencing a surge in activity, with travellers eager to explore new destinations and experiences. With new hotels and flight routes being announced, the holiday and travel market is rapidly evolving. From the latest travel trends to the opening of new hotels and flight routes, this article will bring you the latest travel news from around the world. Whether you're planning your next adventure or simply curious about what's happening in the travel space, this article will be your go-to source for the most recent travel updates. Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry and discover exciting new possibilities for your next vacation.

New Budget Routes to Florida Announced 

Florida's Fort Lauderdale is set to become even more accessible to UK travellers with the launch of two new budget routes in the spring. Visit Lauderdale, the destination marketing organization, travelled to the UK earlier this month to meet with members of the UK trade ahead of the launch of Norse Atlantic Airways' flights to Fort Lauderdale. The company hosted a dinner at The Ivy Brasserie in London for its agent partners, including Trailfinders, Ocean Beds, Purely America, America as you like it, Travel Republic and American Sky.

During the event, Paul Mason, senior manager of global trade development for Visit Lauderdale, shared details of the brand's trade training initiative, Lauderdale Loyalist, which launched last year. Mason also updated the trade on news from the destination, including a raft of new hotels newly opened and coming soon, as well as an exciting array of cruise lines.
 
Tracy Vaughan, senior vice president of global trade development at Visit Lauderdale, said, "It was such a pleasure to get back to the UK and reconnect with our valued trade partners here. Fort Lauderdale was ranked as the 11th busiest destination for international travellers to the US during January-September 2022, and we are enjoying a true renaissance right now with a raft of new hotels newly opened and coming soon, as well as an exciting array of cruise lines."

Norse Atlantic Airways' Fort Lauderdale route will take off on 26 May, while its Orlando route, also departing from Gatwick, will take off a day earlier. Travel agents are encouraged to capitalize on these new routes to promote travel to Florida and provide their clients with an unforgettable vacation experience.

Holiday Spending on the Rise Despite Financial Worries

Despite concerns over the ongoing cost of living crisis, UK consumers are prioritizing spending on travel and holidays, according to the latest spending report by Nationwide. The building society's research found that holiday spending increased by 43% last month compared to the same period in 2022, with consumers spending a total of £321.5 million. Flight sales during January also rose by 68% YoY to £82.6 million. In its report, Nationwide noted that travel and holiday spending accounted for nearly 14% of all non-essential spending, demonstrating the rising cost of travelling and taking a holiday.
 
Nationwide's separate survey found that 39% of UK consumers have already booked a holiday in the UK or overseas for this year. This figure rises to 48% among those aged 18 to 34, while only 31% of the 45-54 age group have booked a holiday so far. The north-west and north-east of England were found to be the regions where people were most likely to have already booked a break this year, at 46% and 44% respectively. In contrast, those living in the southwest (31%) and Wales (35%) were the least likely to have booked a holiday.

Mauritius Flights Cancelled as Cyclone Freddy Sweeps Across Indian Ocean

Air Mauritius has cancelled at least 18 flights due to Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which forced the closure of Mauritius's international airport on Monday morning. The storm triggered a warning class III on the Indian Ocean island, with weather conditions expected to deteriorate further in the afternoon. The UK Foreign Office has urged tourists to remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities, stating that cyclones can cause extensive property damage. Car insurance policies may also cease to be valid during a cyclone. The cancelled Air Mauritius flights include several services between the island and Heathrow scheduled from Sunday through to Tuesday.
 

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