An armed robber who raided a Downend travel agent has been jailed. Michael Watson, 24, entered the Thomson shop in Downend Road, produced a large blade and asked for the manager. He then manoeuvred three women staff members to back of the premises and demanded money from the safe. But when he was told the safe opened after a timer delay, he snatched less than £1,000 from a till before fleeing, Bristol Crown Court was told. Watson, of no fixed address, denied robbery and possessing a knife in April 2017. A jury of seven men and five women found him guilty of both charges by majority verdicts of 10-2. They deliberated for four hours and 22 minutes. Jailed for 'terrifying' crime The recorder Mr Tom Brown jailed him for six-and-half years. He told Watson: "You had a fearsome blade and you terrorised three women who were going about their work. "It was a real knife, with a 20cm blade, and it must have been terrifying." The judge ordered a knife, binoculars, sunglasses and … [Read more...] about Man carried out knifepoint raid at Bristol travel agents
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I have heard about tour operators going out of business. On the other hand, if I book everything myself, what if something goes wrong or the hotel isn't what we expected? How do I decide which is the best option for me? When you are booking a holiday, not only is there an array of locations to consider, but you may also need to factor in flights, transfers and travel insurance. Along with taking away the hassle of making all the arrangements, booking a package holiday also provides you with additional rights. Before you travel, the tour operator or travel agent must provide you with all of the details about your holiday, such as all costs, cancellation arrangements, and so on. It is also responsible for ensuring that your holiday runs smoothly. If for example the service provided is different from what was promised to you, it should fix the problem at no extra cost to you - or the operator must compensate you. A package holiday can be more expensive than booking a holiday directly - … [Read more...] about Should I book DIY holiday or travel agent’s package deal?
Boeing 737 MAX 8: Some travel agents allow customers choose aircraft types they wish to fly on Independent.ie Travel agents and websites have begun to respond to consumer concern and the grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 planes, by changing policies and introducing options to allow customers to choose the type of aircraft they wish to fly on. https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/boeing-737-max-8-some-travel-agents-allow-customers-choose-aircraft-types-they-wish-to-fly-on-37909878.html https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/article37909846.ece/19036/AUTOCROP/h342/boeing.jpg Email Travel agents and websites have begun to respond to consumer concern and the grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 planes, by changing policies and introducing options to allow customers to choose the type of aircraft they wish to fly on. Kayak.com, part of the Booking.com stable, was the first big travel search website to say it would modify search filters to allow customers to exclude … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 MAX 8: Some travel agents allow customers choose aircraft types they wish to fly on
Jet2 joins calls to rescue high street as travel agents come under threat BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Jet2 has joined a number of business voices calling for Britain’s high streets to be saved, as the airline looks to protect its travel agent partners. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/jet2-joins-calls-to-rescue-high-street-as-travel-agents-come-under-threat-37740384.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37740385.ece/e95de/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_7365b431-f2cd-43dc-9add-6b25cdcbd38a_1 Email Jet2 has joined a number of business voices calling for Britain’s high streets to be saved, as the airline looks to protect its travel agent partners. Chief executive Steve Heapy told the Press Association the airline has spoken to central and local government in a bid to halt the “erosion” of town centres. “They need re-engineering,” he said. “You can’t fight the tide of e-commerce, that’s like King Cnut trying to … [Read more...] about Jet2 joins calls to rescue high street as travel agents come under threat
A Kiwi couple set off on their dream holiday - only to end up in a country they had never planned to visit - after their Dunedin travel agent made a big mistake. Appearing on consumer affairs TV show Fair Go, Devon Kilkelly and Tomas Woodford Webb told of how they booked a trip through STA Travel. They had organised the trip to visit a nursery school in Africa that Devon had volunteered at in 2015. "I was so excited to share the trip with my parents and Tomas and for them to meet the people that had such an impact on my life and see where I lived for six months, and why Ngara holds a special place in my heart," she told Fair Go. Devon's parents had booked through another travel agent, but had used STA's itinerary - with a final destination of Victoria Falls in Zambia. After visiting the famous waterfall, which Tomas described as an "incredible experience", the group got a shock when they went to fly home. When they arrived at the airport in Livingstone, Zambia, they were informed they … [Read more...] about Couple sent to wrong country by Dunedin travel agent