Travel Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

Some parents of children at independent schools like to calculate the cost per day of their offspring's private education – usually upwards of £60. For the benefit of all parents, I can now reveal the cost per day of the school holidays: £70, or even more.

The Week Ahead: EasyJet set to remain in the red as fuel bill bites

Airlines may have enjoyed a rally last week as the price of oil slipped, but that is unlikely to prevent the issue of fuel costs being a major focus of easyJet's half-year results tomorrow.

Simon Calder: The true value of customer feedback

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Diary: Battle of the naughty novels

There's something strangely familiar-sounding about the novel that Sally Bercow, 5'11", wife of Commons Speaker Senor John Bercow, 5'7" in heels, is said to be circulating to publishers. Mrs Bercow, a first-time fiction writer, has titled her tome Westminster Wives.

Thomas Cook warns of 'fragile' UK sector

Thomas Cook, the tour operator, said the downturn in consumer spending had forced it to cut holiday capacity in the UK, and it confirmed its prediction that the unrest in Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year would knock £20m off its second quarter profits.

The Week Ahead: Travel companies set for burst of spring sunshine

Global events have hit the travel industry hard in 2011, and investors will be hoping to find out the extent of the damage this week with both TUI Travel and Thomas Cook updating the market.

Ten top Mother's Day treats

1 London

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, give mum a trip to next year's Olympics. Thomas Cook London 2012 Games Breaks (thomascooklondon2012.com) are now on sale from £99 for a night's board and tickets to an event.

Traveller's Guide: Ibiza

There is more to this island than its vibrant clubbing scene – rugged beauty and a charming capital city are just the beginning, says Chris Leadbeater

Inside Travel: All quiet in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

The political unrest has kept tourists away. Ali Beach finds a country waiting for their return

UK travel operators enraged by Government's tourism review

Travel industry executives reacted with anger last night to a government initiative aimed at boosting tourism to the UK, accusing ministers of letting down the country's fifth-biggest industry.

Simon Calder: As airlines hedge their bets, the passenger pays

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Radical change at an ethical operator

The Co-op's chief executive Peter Marks tells James Thompson that his way of doing business has never been so relevant

Thomas Cook adds fuel surcharge to holiday bills

Travel giant Thomas Cook is re-introducing fuel surcharges, blaming ever-rising oil prices for supplements that could add as much as 4 per cent to holiday costs.

Simon Calder: Travel peak season, pay peak prices

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