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.

Gill’s Cruise Centre goes bust: what are the consequences?

Tens of thousands of holidaymakers who have booked with a wide range of cruise lines have learned that their travel agent has gone out of business.

Simon Calder: Try Arab Spring nations for real deals

As long as Greece remains in the euro zone, the only way for Greek traders to achieve the necessary competitive edge is to cut prices.

Market Report: Thomas Cook retreats despite talk of Tui tie-up

The clouds refused to shift from above Thomas Cook yesterday, as the tour operator continued its trip south despite City scribblers mulling over the possibility of a tie-up with Tui Travel.

Thomas Cook nosedives after warning on profits

More than one-quarter was wiped off Thomas Cook's market capitalisation yesterday after the travel company blamed weak consumer spending in Britain and the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa for a dire profits warning.

Market Report: Yule Catto retreats as takeover hopes fade

Bid rumours may have been a large part of the winning formula that has sent its share price soaring over the past few months, but Yule Catto's takeover hopes were dealt a blow yesterday, prompting the speciality chemicals company to sink towards the foot of the mid-tier index.

Thomas Cook in third profit warning

Tour operator Thomas Cook today warned on profits for the third time in a year after it was hit by the squeeze in consumer spending and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa.

Inside Travel: Pooches in Paris

Does Paris merit its dog-friendly reputation? <b>JoAnne Good</b> and <b>Anna Webb</b> take their bulldog and bull terrier across the Channel to find out

Michelle Brunner: Bridge player regarded as one of Britain's finest

Michelle Brunner's life revolved around bridge.

Ask the Traveller: Atol scheme

Travel challenge special: Late availability in May half term

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today, a half-term special edition: 10 companies offer up a week-long European holiday during May half term. Prices are for a family of four...

Ten Top May half-term deals

1. Italian Adriatic: Seven nights in a Maxi Tent, sleeping up to six, at Camping Residence Village with Canvas Holidays (canvasholidays. co.uk) costs £134 in total, including return ferry crossings.

Wish you weren't here?

British holidaymakers are cutting back, with shorter trips abroad and, yes, staycations. James Thompson reports
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