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TUI to fly to Spain and Greece from July 11th with ‘absolute confidence’

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TUI is set to resume holidays to Spain and Greece from July with ‘absolute confidence’.

Flights will begin for TUI from July 11th with Brits being able to travel to a number of popular holiday destinations. 

The travel company suspended flights and holidays in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve since launched a limited light schedule which has been dependent on latest government advice.

The UK Foreign Office is currently still advising against all non-essential international travel for Brits.  

Anybody entering the UK – including anyone who chooses to go holiday – will have to partake in an enforced two-week quarantine.

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The quarantine period in the UK is set to be reviewed on June 29th. If this changes, TUI will resume up to 44 flights per week.

TUI will be flying to destinations such as Crete, Kos and Rhodes in Greece as well as Ibiza, Lanzarote and Tenerife on the Spanish routes. 

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland said: “We’re of course still waiting on the Government to change its travel advice but we’ve been working really hard behind the scenes and we’re ready to start taking holidaymakers away again in just a few weeks’ time.

“Initially, we are focusing on destinations where we anticipate air bridges being in place, such as Greece and Spain.

“But we know many Brits are eager to travel again, and we have ambitious plans to rapidly increase our programme as soon as possible, to offer even more choice when it comes to holidaying this summer.”

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Commercial director Richard Sofer added: “We have absolute confidence that we’re going to be getting a positive result from the Government in time for July.”

TUI have previously promised to only ‘take you on quarantine-free holidays’. They explained that: “This means we won’t travel anywhere with known isolating measures in place.”

Face masks will be mandatory on board TUI flights along with the availability of hand sanitiser sachets, and the advise to remain seated as much as possible.

The update from TUI comes as it was announced that British tourists won’t have to quarantine when they arrive in Spain.

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Harry Potter fans can now stay in a Gryffindor common room-inspired cottage

This looks magical!

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Potterheads will be pleased to hear about a Gryffindor common room-inspired cottage that you can now stay in.

Live out your wildest wizarding dreams at this new UK cottage inspired by the Gryffindor Common Room.

Guests will stay in four-poster beds in a room decked out in the red and gold Gryffindor colours. Each bed also comes with curtains for that little sprinkling of privacy.

The dorm room, tucked away in The North Shire in Liverton, also has a cosy living room and a fireplace so you can easily get in touch with Sirius. 

North Shire

North Shire

The large plush red sofas are perfect for sinking into, Harry Potter book in hand and the fire crackling in the background. 

There’s also huge stain glass windows specially commissioned to depict the blonde mermaid that mesmerises Harry in the Goblet of Fire in the bathroom. plus you’ll also find large gold shell-shaped sinks to really bring home the mermaid theme from the scene.

The cottage can comfortably sleep six people in the single beds and there’s also a kitchen for you to whip up Cornish Pasties and snack on Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

North Shire

North Shire

You won’t even need a Bellatrix-sized vault at Gringotts to stay here with prices starting at just £50pp per night.

North Shire is also home to the Grounds Keepers Cottage so you can stay in a Hagrid inspired cottage. 

Complete with cosy beds and living rooms, a huge (not quite big enough for Hagrid) copper bath plus loads of other magical features. 

You can find out more here

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New geothermal heated sea pool like Iceland’s Blue Lagoon has opened in Cornwall

Perfect for a staycation!

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The UK’s first geothermal sea pool has now opened up in Cornwall and we need to go asap!

The pool is set at a lovely warm 35C and will be heated all year round making it a perfect destination for a weekend away in winter.

The pool has opened up in the old art deco Jubilee Pool in Penzance, and is giving Iceland’s Blue Lagoons a run for their money.

The warm water is heated through a geothermal well which transfers the cooler water back into the ground and the warm water into the pool.

The pool also offers fantastic sea views, including a glimpse of St Michael’s Mount across the water. 

Around 50 people will fit into the pool at once, making it the UK’s largest lido. Currently, due to social distancing measures, only 15 are allowed to visit at a time. 

Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering Limited, told local media: “The system we have drilled and installed is one of the lowest forms of carbon heating available and is part of the growing movement to use sustainable heating sources across the UK.

“I’m delighted that the geothermal pool at Jubilee Pool, Penzance, is now open. It’s the first geothermally-heated lido in the UK and is a flagship for geothermal energy in general.”

The pool is part of a wider project worth £1.8m, which was supported partly by the local community which provided £540,000.

First to swim in the pool were the family of local swimmer and project supporter, Joyce Cooper. Joyce was at the opening of the original lido 85 years ago but sadly died before she got the chance to see the project completed. 

All ages are welcome to visit the pool during the afternoon, with kids under four going free. An adult ticket will start from £11.75. 

There are also dedicated adults-only spots for the pool between 10am and 12:30pm, and select evenings after 5:30pm. 

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Thomas Cook is set to relaunch ‘in the next few weeks’ but with some big changes

The UK’s oldest tour operator could be back soon…

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Thomas Cook, the UK’s oldest tour operator, could be making a return to the travel industry a year after the company folded. 

The owners of Club Med and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chinese conglomerate Fosun, saved the brand from completely vanishing after it went under in September last year. 

According to some reports it looks like Fosun could be bringing back Thomas Cook as a travel agent. 

Sky News has reported that Fosun is awaiting necessary regulatory approvals and for any quarantine updates on British citizens.

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Thomas Cook looks set to relaunch as just an online travel agent and will be dropping the Thomas Cook airline, high street shops and branded hotels previously operated by the company.

The relaunch is reportedly set to go ahead this month, exactly a year after the company collapsed. 

The firm filed for administration on September 23rd last year. The news left 150,000 UK holidaymakers stuck abroad and caused the biggest peacetime repatriation of Britons abroad, totalling to an estimated cost of £150m. 

The 178-year-old firm was bailed out by Fosun. Chairman Jiannong said: “The group has always believed in the brand value of Thomas Cook.

“The acquisition of the Thomas Cook brand will enable the group to expand its tourism business building on the extensive brand awareness of Thomas Cook and the robust growth momentum of Chinese outbound tourism.”


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He added: “Following the acquisition, the group will focus on business expansion, using the newly acquired Thomas Cook brands to create synergies with the existing businesses of the group.”

The Chinese firm bought the assets including the trademarks, domain names, software applications, social media accounts and licences. However, 555 stores were sold for just £6m to rival Hays Travel. 

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