Friday, July 06, 2007

We will fight them on the beaches - well, not our beaches

The British are full of the "bulldog spirit", apparently - something the tabloid newspapers are forever reminding their readers when 1) England football team loses again on penalties or 2) two inches of snow falls overnight and plucky Brits have to use their initiative.

And so, unsurprisingly, travel companies have been quick to show the "resilience" of the British people following the terrorist incidents in London and Glasgow last week.

TravelRepublic put out a press release yesterday claiming the past seven days - since the attacks - has actually been the best in the company's four-year history.

In fact, on the day of the attack on Glasgow airport, bookings were up almost 22% on the previous Saturday.

[TravelRepublic is celebrating moving up the Hitwise rankings in recent months anyway]

Meanwhile over at Cheapflights, chief executive David Soskin reckons British consumers are defying the "doctors of death" in their droves.

The price comparison site has seen a 33% increase year-on-year for the first four days of July.

Strange how neither company mentioned the appalling weather to have inflicted the UK in recent weeks.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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4 comments:

ourman said...

Why would they?

Travolution Blogger said...

Ourman: I suspect people being "resilient" against terrorism is a slightly more headline grabbing line, rather than people being hacked off with the weather (again).

Zola said...

I came across your blog while surfing on google. Really impressive blog with newsy updates. It’s a peace-provider to a traveler’s soul. Am wondering if we can link exchange?
My blog url: http://travelfreak.org/
Do let me know if you are interested, so that i can do the needful.

Travolution Blogger said...

Zola: off-topic. Use the comments button to get involved in a discussion, not link requests.

Our firewall does not let us open your site either (citing sexual content).

so i suspect link exchanging is not going to happen.