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Best day to book a flight. Thomson disappears.

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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.

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Ophelia. Rain forecast. Brussels Airlines.

Hurricane Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia narrowly avoids Madeira and the Azores

Ophelia heads north now, to much publicity in the UK and southern/western Ireland in particular. The Category 3 hurricane largely avoided Madeira and only briefly touched  the Azores – some YouTube footage here.
After a cloudy and humid few days recently, the Portuguese Met Office (IPMA) predicts that the weather ..................read more

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Trip Advisor. Beer tax.

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Rather mysteriously, a link that was posted on Trip Advisor to the previous blog was closed as “inappropriate”  and the thread subsequently deleted on the Trip Advisor Madeira Forum. Nothing to do with it being critical of what will become the largest hotel on the island?
The topic was not posted by anybody with anything to do with the blog – instead, posted by ..................read more

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More Savoy! Portugal go to World Cup.

Savoy Palace

In another highly controversial move, the Diario today reports that the Madeira government has approved an increase in the number of beds at the Savoy Palace hotel in the Infante area of Funchal by 300 to 1128, according to a resolution published yesterday in the Jornal Oficial da Região.
According to the newspaper the Madeiran executive argues that the “36% increase” ..................read more

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Airport latest. Calheta fires.

Madeira Airport - queues

Problems continued at Madeira airport again today, with some rather uncivilised scenes of passengers sleeping on the airport floor overnight – not normally associated with Madeira. Having spoken to a number of those involved the biggest complaint appears to have been lack of information from most of the tour operators and airlines. Long queues at the Groundforce desk as ..................read more

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