Well, another one bites the dust. The demise of Kiss Flights could perhaps have been foreseen, following the standing down of Noel Josephides of Sunvil, the "champion" for Viking / Meridian / Kiss - I'm not sure which it was and who is who, but can there really be no connection? I do not know, but am sad that once again an airline fulfilling a gap in the market has come down all too quickly and peoples' job have vanished overnight. Once more, the power is in the grip of the big two operators / airlines, with Monarch standing on its own as the charter champion, yet with some reluctance towards it in the market, apparently. The latter's aircraft are larger than ideal for mid-haul destinations in the eyes of smaller independent tour operators, and their handling of the volcanic ash crisis upset many. However, they are still around and should be in a stronger position right now. As for Mosaic Holidays, they had only a few clients booked on affected flights and these were protected immediately with clients being, for once, very understanding. Turkey continues to prove popular with families and couple alike - especially around Christmas.
Flew to ITB on Wednesday morning, following a very late night on Tuesday preparing for the next few days ahead. Flew with Easyjet and all ran smoothly until security at Luton Airport. There must have been some 200 people ahead of me in the queue, and it was to the airport's credit that the waiting time was only 25 minutes. The flight was pleasant though I was stuck in the middle of the row of 3 seats - not my preferred position. I had Mr Moscow on my right hand side, and Mrs Sleepthroughtheflight on my left. Once at Berlin Schonefeld Airport, I managed to share a taxi to the Conference Centre with Victoire of Design Hotels at a cost of some €45. I took a train journey involving only one change of train some 3 days later when returning to the airport for just €2.80 and it was a very pleasant allowing me to see many parts of Berlin not viewable by taxi.
Spent a busy 3 days having meetings hoping to make some progress and meeting new prospective clinets. Also saw Rafi and Yaron of longwood holidays, as well as a host of other people I've not seen for a long time, including Theo Demetriou - a devoted Arsenal supporter.
Wow ITB really is as big as they say. Stayed in the Park Inn in Alexanderplatz and was pleasantly surprised with Berlin city itself. Freezing but very impressive.
I understand there are holidays available to North Cyprus for this Easter's school holidays - it is a lovely family-friendly holiday destination with unspoilt authenticity and quality hotels - the weather should be great too. I believe they are very reasonably priced too, £600 for a week at a 5* hotel, including flights from Gatwick and Heathrow and Manchester. Check it out at: www.mosaicholidays.co.uk or call on 020 8574 4000.