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.

Harriet Walker: Spare us the guilt over all-inclusives

At the risk of sounding facile, I think we all need a holiday. Just one day out of life, as Madonna has it, to decompress and condense some of the frustrated steam of hatred that has arisen from some of our most disadvantaged communities.

Market Report: Bid talk helps Home Retail avoid the slump

The markets' severe plunge may have shown few signs of abating yesterday, but the return of talk that its Argos business could attract buyers meant Home Retail was one of the few stocks finishing ahead.

The Week Ahead: TUI looks set to restore holiday feel-good factor

The recent troubles at Thomas Cook also knocked the share price of its rival TUI Travel, and this week investors will find out the extent to which the latter has been affected by the same sort of issues.

Market updates in the week ahead

InterContinental Hotels, the US hotel operator, is to update the market on Tuesday. Analysts believe the operating profit will be between $250m and $261m. Last year the group's operating profit was $219m for the first half. Broker UBS thinks the predominantly US exposed Holiday Inn owner will only see 1 per cent growth in room numbers in 2011.

Slump sees Thomas Cook boss resign

The chief executive of Thomas Cook, has quit the tour operator after a calamitous year in which it has issued three profit warnings.

David Prosser: When the sun finally stopped shining

Outlook During the recession, holiday companies told us Britons were so wedded to their vacations they would give up almost every other item of disposable spending before cancelling their summer breaks. For a time, that optimism proved to be well-founded – for even when retailers such as Woolworths were going under at the hands of plummeting consumer spending, travel companies continued to report decent trading.

Thomas Cook chief executive quits

Thomas Cook's chief executive has resigned following a disastrous year for the holiday giant.

Get your own back on the currency cowboys

Fluctuations in exchange rates are notoriously hard to predict and can leave you out of pocket. Kate Hughes finds out how the experts cope

The Big Six: Waterpark holidays

Go-ahead for travel merger

Plans by Thomas Cook and the Co-op to merge their high street travel businesses were backed by the competition watchdog yesterday.

Green light for Thomas Cook-Co-op merger

Plans by Thomas Cook and the Co-op to merge their high street travel businesses were backed by the competition watchdog today.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
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Isis hostage crisis

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

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The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
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Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system