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News: LATA: South America poised for strong tourism growth in 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, LATA members have revealed forward booking statistics for 2018 showing positive growth in travel to Latin America, particularly to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia. At the same time, the organisation is predicting an increase in demand for less traditional and more off-the-beaten-track destinations, and a surge in luxury bookings. In Argentina, Abercrombie & Kent has seen travellers move away from more traditional tourist destinations towards more undiscovered and wildlife focused areas of the country such as Peninsula Valdes located on the Atlantic…

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News: ATOL: Three million Brits poised to book holiday as snow descends

New research from ATOL has found that three million people are set to book their holiday this week, as December’s snowy weather accelerates the holiday booking period for one in five consumers. For those who have escaped the worst of the weather in the south, it seems ‘staying organised’ and ‘workplace boredom’ has led to this spike in booking. Despite the weakness of the pound driving up costs, the latest data from the holiday protection scheme, which surveyed more than 4,000 people across the UK, has found that the popularity…

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Captain Smith leads Australia recovery to leave Ashes Test delicately poised

First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day two of five) England 302: Vince 83, Malan 56, Stoneman 53 Australia 165-4: Smith 64*, Marsh 44* Australia trail by 137 runs Scorecard Australia captain Steve Smith withstood the charge of the England bowlers to leave the first Ashes Test delicately poised after two days in Brisbane. On a fascinating and, at times, thrilling day, Smith made an unbeaten 64 to lead his side to 165-4, 137 behind. That was a significant recovery from 76-4 as England’s attack, expertly marshalled by skipper Joe Root,…

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England strike late to leave Ashes match finely poised

Women’s Ashes Test, North Sydney Oval (day two of four): England 280 all out: Beaumont 70, Knight 62, Perry 3-59 Australia 177-5: Perry 70*, Haynes 33, Mooney 27, Ecclestone 2-51 England lead by 103 runs Scorecard Ellyse Perry starred with bat and ball for Australia on a closely fought second day of the day-night Women’s Ashes Test against England in Sydney. Perry (3-59) took a wicket and a catch as England, who resumed on 235-7, were bowled out for 280 within an hour. Australia started cautiously before teenage spinner Sophie…

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Iran nuclear deal: Trump poised to withdraw support

US President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw backing from the nuclear accord with Iran on Friday and lay out a more confrontational strategy. The move would not withdraw the US from the deal but give Congress 60 days to decide whether to do so by re-imposing sanctions. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been consulting with counterparts in Europe and China, officials said. Mr Trump has been under pressure at home and abroad not to scrap the deal. Under the 2015 accord, Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme…

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News: Lufthansa poised for takeover as airberlin begins insolvency proceedings

Loss-making airline airBerlin is seeking protection from its creditors and has launched insolvency proceedings. However, the carrier said it wants to remain in operation following a government bailout. The decision comes after Etihad Airways, which owns 29 per cent of the carrier, withdrew financial support. A bridging loan has been agreed with authorities in order to keep planes in the air in the short term. The loan of €150 million will be made available via the government-owned KfW Development Bank. Proceedings were launched earlier at the local court in Berlin-Charlottenburg….

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