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Balkan Holidays are delighted to announce the confirmation of Yanko Popov at our Telegraph Ski Festival stand this year. Yanko Popov is the manager of the Ski and Snowboard School, Ulen in Bansko, Bulgaria. He will be on the Balkan Holidays stand for duration of the festival to answer any questions regarding skiing in Bansko, whether about the resort, the pistes or the tuition available through Ulen. Or indeed more general questions about your skiing or boarding technique. Yanko was born in 1962. He graduated with a Master of Science in Sport Management. As a student, he fell in love with winter sports and in 1985 completed his ski Read more ...
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Thomas Cook Statement Published: 23 Sep 2019
Everyone at Balkan Holidays is deeply saddened to hear that Thomas Cook has entered into administration this morning, and our thoughts are with all customers and employees affected. All customers who have booked a holiday or flight with Balkan Holidays via a Thomas Cook travel agent, be it ski or for next Summer, can rest assured that their booking is secure and will proceed as planned. In the first instance, customers should speak to our call centre team. Further information and details of replacement flights will be published on the dedicated website thomascook.caa.co.uk, but this is a major operation and there may therefore be some Read more ...
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Following the extention of the deadline in their unilateral contigency legislation released today, the EU have confirmed that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU until at least October next year. The deadline for this contigency was set for March 2020 under the previous legislation however this new extention will now allow customers to book their travel further in advance with confidence that flight schedules will not be affected ABTA confirmed. This extention follows extensive lobbying by ABTA with key EU destination countries which pointed out the mutual benefits of increasing customer Read more ...
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Brexit & Your UK Passport Published: 17 Jan 2019
Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union on March 29th with no deal, the rules for travel to our destinations is expected to change. With this in mind, the government has started accelerating its plans for a no deal EU exit and wants to ensure you are also prepared for any changes that come from a no deal Brexit. UK passport holders are advised to check their passports to see whether it is valid for travel after March 29th 2019. If you do not yet have a UK passport, more info will follow in the coming weeks. After March 29th 2019, you should ensure that you have a minimum of 6 months validity left on your UK passport from Read more ...
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According to new ABTA research, one in five holidaymakers are still travelling uninsured. Although the number of those travelling overseas uninsured are slightly down last year's figure of 22% travelling overseas uninsured, ABTA said there has still been a big rise in young holidaymakers travelling uninsured. A third (33%) of 16-24 year olds are travelling uninsured, up from 22% in 2014. A third (32%) of 25-34 year olds are also travelling uninsured, putting these two age groups at most risk should something go wrong. ABTA said the high numbers could be down to confusion amongst young holidaymakers over what a European Health Read more ...
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According to new research conducted by Hotel.info, the hotels in Bulgaria's Sofia are amongst the top 10 cleanest hotels in world capitals. The ratings were formed on the opinions of more than 6 million users of the tourist portal, who rated hotels in world capitals they have stayed in after their departure on the basis of a 0-10 points system. Guests rated the hotel on criteria such as room quality and value for money, as well as the friendliness and competence of the staff and the cleanliness of the room. The cleanest hotels were found to be in Tokyo, while the dirtiest can be found in Kiev. Sofia rated fifth in the list, preceded Read more ...
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All passengers flying into or out of the UK have been advised to ensure electronic devices in hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be switched on. The Department for Transport have said there could be checks "on some routes into or out of the UK" but did not disclose which routes were involved. The advice has already been applied on selected flights from the UK to the US. The Department for Transport has now released updated guidelines, saying: "In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or Read more ...
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With the February half-term just around the corner, ABTA have reported that British skiers and snowboarders are more likely to wear a helmet on the slopes than ever before. The February half-term is usually one of the busiest ski weeks in European resorts and with approximately one million Brits going skiing this season, ABTA Members are seeing increased interest from people in safety equipment, both to hire and to purchase. This is particularly the case for ski helmets, with experienced skiers and snowboarders more likely than ever to purchase their own. America’s National Ski Areas Association reported last year that 70% of all Read more ...
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ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) has today launched a combined PR and Marketing campaign called “ABTA Early Bird” which will be aimed at encouraging British consumers to book their holidays early and to book with an ABTA member (such as Balkan Holidays). The week-long campaign will include advertising, PR and social media activity as well as a dedicated “ABTA Early Bird” page on the ABTA website which will feature advice on booking early; a new interactive web tool providing destination inspiration and an embedded twitter feed from ABTA and its membership offering tips and deals. During the week, Read more ...
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"Be Safe, Be Insured" Skiers Warned Published: 29 Nov 2013
ABTA has said more holidaymakers are planning to take a winter sports holiday this season, but the number of holidaymakers planning to travel without insurance has risen alarmingly. Research conducted by ABTA showed that 15% of those taking a winter holiday are planning to go skiing or boarding, a rise of 10% from last year. However, 36% will go skiing or boarding without the necessary winter sports insurance, up from 30% last year. The figures for under 35's are even more disturbing with nearly half (47%) saying they weren't going to bother taking out insurance for their holiday. ABTA head of communications Victoria Bacon Read more ...
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