Thomson becomes “TUI”
Yesterday the “Thomson” name officially disappeared from the UK holiday marketplace, becoming the last “TUI” subsidiary to adopt the corporate branding. The Thomson Travel Group was created in 1965 when Canada’s Thomson Corporation bought four existing UK tour operators — Gaytours, Luxitours, Riviera and Skytours — as well as the charter airline Britannia Airways.
The company explained: “As of today the Thomson brand changes to become TUI with a remit to continue to modernise the way the nation holidays.” Thomson became part of a German conglomerate, Preussag, in 2000. That firm, which was formerly the Prussian Mining and Metallurgical Company, itself rebranded in 2002 as TUI — short for Touristik Union International.
Thomson Airways, formerly Britannia, has become TUI Airways. First Choice, the all-inclusive brand, and Crystal Ski are unaffected. The firm’s cruise division, however, has created an entirely new name: Marella. All flights to and from Madeira seem to be branded “TUIfly” nowadays.
Best day to book a flight
Whilst trying to book a flight to Moscow next month (apologies in advance – the blog could be off-air for a while) I became convinced that my repeated search on the same date caused prices to rise – I had had to accept “cookies” when viewing the TAP website. When I returned the following day from a different PC the prices had returned to the original price.
Googling this rip-off, I came across a 2015 article in the Telegraph: Apparently Friday is the most expensive day of the week to buy a plane ticket, with flights on average 13 per cent dearer than if booked on a Sunday. Customers have previously been advised to book plane tickets on a Tuesday because they were most likely to find a bargain. Airline executives were said to come into work on a Monday, look at the weekend sales and try to offload the remaining seats on Tuesday.
Ponta do Pargo link to be resumed
The Diario leads this morning with the news that work on the the expressway between Raposeira and Ponta do Pargo will be urgently resumed. It is to be inaugurated in 2019, making the westernmost part of the island, and its iconic lighthouse more accessible. I don’t recall when work actually stopped, but the succession of tunnels with nothing connecting them has been a part of the landscape in that neck of the woods for some while.