Holidaymakers thinking of booking flights abroad should not be concerned about further collapses in the holiday market, ABTA – The Travel Association has assured customers.Frances Tuke, an ABTA spokesperson, said the collapse of travel firms is unavoidable, especially during the ongoing economic difficulties.”We get failures no matter what the economic climate, and in a recession every company is that little more vulnerable,” she explained.”We wouldn’t rule out the fact that there are going to be failures this year and over the last couple of years we’ve actually seen a steadying off of failures.”Ms Tuke added that big failures, such as XL going into administration last year, happen “about once every ten years”.Freedom Direct became the latest holiday company to collapse as a result of the recession.The folding of the firm, which traded under names including freedomdirect.co.uk and holidaysyoulike.co.uk, is thought to have affected almost 9,000 holiday bookings.XL Holidays announced that it had entered administration in September after it was unable to obtain further funding as a result of “volatile fuel prices and the economic downturn”. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHolidaymakers wait until ‘the last minute’ to book their trip abroadHolidaymakers wait until ‘the last minute’ to book their trip abroadTunisia and Morocco will be ‘big winners’ in short breaks marketMore Brits are expected to book flights to Tunisia and Morocco this year thanks to the restructuring of air passenger duty.Travel sector ‘cautiously optimistic’ about next yearThe travel industry is cautiously optimistic about its prospects next year, ABTA – the Travel Association has said.
The Lord of the Rings prequel movie – ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ – is due for release in 2012, but in the meantime fans of Tolkien’s little rascals can now relive their favourite miniature moments for a few magical days.The Hobbit House of Montana is a 2-bedroom, 1,000 square foot underground bungalow complete with all the hobbit-themed paraphernalia you could dream of including hand-carved hobbit door knobs and a Gandalf figurine.Skyscanner reveals the world’s top movie-themed hotels.1. Lord of the Rings, Montana, USAThis magical tribute to the pocket-sized heroes of The Lord of the Rings may not look much from outside but inside, the tiny house boasts modern additions such as a king-size bedroom, designer kitchen and WiFi all built-in to the Montana hillside on a private estate. According to owner Steve Michaels, guests can even hang out naked if they want to, such is the secluded nature of the Hobbit estate – just don’t stand too close to the barbeque on the deck outside. Live like the King and Queen of The Shire in the ultimate tribute to Tolkien’s epic masterpiece for only $245 per night. Find flights to Missoulatp://www.youtube.com/embed/xdGGcSxPVcg2. Tron: Legacy, Jukkasjärvi, SwedenThe Tron: Legacyinspired hotel suite at the 21st Ice Hotel in Sweden is a chilling tribute to the neon-swathed Disney movie and an impressive feat of engineering in its own right. The 220 square foot room was inspired by the nightclub scene from the futuristic 2010 movie and contains a double-bed alongside 160 metres of low-energy electroluminescent wire, all housed within the hotel’s 21,500 tons of snow and 900 tons of ice. Find flights to Kirunatp://www.youtube.com/embed/x2HmMt1aPno3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, FijiNicknamed ‘5,000 acres under the sea’ the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji is the world’s first seafloor resort and an experience of unparalled depth for fans of underwater movies such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Poseidon. For a fee of $15,000 per person per week, guests can enjoy a luxury undersea suite, diving in tropical lagoons and an initiation in piloting a three-person mini submarine. Find flights to Fijitp://www.youtube.com/embed/sUbkQyZrpl44. James Bond, Paris, FranceAt the Seven Hotel on rue Berthollet in Paris, fans of the world’s greatest secret agent can live like a spy in the lavish and secluded 007 suite. The luxurious suite offers the kind of luxury Bond himself would certainly approve of, such as a 160cm large television screen, endless mirrors, a lounge corner for entertaining guests and even a ‘Golden Gun’ lamp on the bedside table. Remember to put the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door if you’d rather not be shaken or stirred. Find flights to Paristp://www.youtube.com/embed/M-ghyQ-eBEY5. Star Wars, Matmata, TunisiaThe traditional Berber Hôtel Sidi Driss in Matmata, Tunisia is the iconic location of some of the most famous scenes from Star Wars including the moment Luke Skywalker is served blue milk prepared in Lars kitchen. The caved dwellings of the hotel offer basic accommodation for guests, but the jewel in the underground crown is the Star Wars pit which houses the hotel’s restaurant. Find flights to Tunistp://www.youtube.com/embed/l-cCDSOlP2oReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 6 things to see and do in BirminghamBanging the drum for Brum: from chocolate to diamonds, we’ve got six ideas for what to see and do in Birmingham.Penguins on a plane; Hobbits return; Baywatch moviePenguins on a plane; Hobbits return; Baywatch movie16 luxury campsites around the world for the ultimate glamping holidaySleeping under the stars has never been so stylish. From treehouses to teepees, discover these 16 luxury glampsites and you’ll never have to share your sleeping bag with a scorpion again!