AITO Press Releases

See below for the latest AITO Press Releases uploaded and listed with the most recent first.

AITO Know It All – Media Newsletter

11 Apr 2017

April Edition: new tours and news from AITO members. AITO (www.aito.com) turns 41 this year. Its 120-plus specialist holiday companies continue to innovate, and here is a selection of exciting new ideas, destinations and itineraries on offer in 2017 and 2018.

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AITO Inspiration – Quirky accommodation

6 Apr 2017

Travellers seeking somewhere unusual to stay during their next holiday need look no further than these quirky ideas from members of The Association of Independent Tour Operators, all of which involve accommodation in some wonderfully charming and distinctive places. Cosy up in a Norwegian wilderness cabin with your own team of huskies, take a romantic break in a hilltop windmill in Greece, or camp under the stars on the edge of the Grand Canyon – all trips come complete with unexpected and unusual features.

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The Treasury and the Travel Industry…

15 Mar 2017

AITO reports that it’s no fairytale… tour operators and travel agents alike will have to absorb all credit card charges with effect from January 2018.

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The Algarve Rediscovered

3 Mar 2017

Rediscover the Algarve, off season and away from the crowds – from walking and cycling adventures to wellness, spa and cultural highlights, here is a selection of holidays to the Algarve from the AITO experts.

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AITO announces the winners of its annual members’ awards at the association’s AGM

23 Feb 2017

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (www.aito.com) hosted its AGM yesterday (Wednesday, 22 February 2017) at the Royal Overseas League in London. The afternoon concluded with networking over lunch and the AITO member awards.

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AITO Know It All February 2017

8 Feb 2017

AITO (www.aito.com) turns 41 this year. As its 120-plus specialist operators continue to innovate, here is a selection of exciting new programmes, destinations and itineraries on offer for 2017.

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Record AITO sales in 2016 announced at AITO Specialist Travel Agents’ Domestic Conference 2017

12 Jan 2017

AITO Agents and AITO operators gathered at the weekend (7 – 8 January 2017) for the AITO Specialist Travel Agents’ domestic conference - held for the second year at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel. With 170 delegates in attendance (90 agents, 61 tour operators and 19 affiliates), the conference programme included plentiful networking opportunities, business sessions and workshops, and also celebrated the achievements of AITO Agents, who were duly rewarded at the annual All Stars Awards Ceremony.

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AITO Inspiration – Follow the Leader

12 Jan 2017

Miss the festive cheer and fun activities of December now the party season is over? Bring your social calendar forward to the New Year by booking a group holiday in 2017. Group holidays continue to be a popular form of travel, whether it be on an expert-led escorted tour, joining pre-set itineraries with the family or party planning with friends.

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AITO winners of the prestigious 2016 Travel Writer of the Year Awards announced

25 Oct 2016

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO, www.aito.com) has announced the results of its 20th Travel Writer of the Year awards. This year saw the highest number of entries since the awards began in 1997, with 240 articles submitted, all of an exceptionally high standard.

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AITO Inspiration – broaden your horizons and your mind

14 Oct 2016

AITO, The Association of Independent Tour Operators (www.aito.com), is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In celebration of this milestone, AITO has selected a list of exciting trips on which holiday makers can learn a new skill or try a new activity.

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AITO announces high-profile speakers for overseas conference in November

11 Oct 2016

This year’s AITO overseas conference will take place in Jordan (23 – 28 November 2016), offering AITO tour operators and AITO Specialist Travel Agents the opportunity to address the big issues currently affecting the travel sector.

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AITO Know it All September 2016

28 Sep 2016

AITO (www.aito.com) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As its 120-plus specialist operators continue to innovate, here is a selection of exciting new programmes, destinations and itineraries on offer. AITO has also been nominated in the British Travel Awards’ ‘Best travel review/ratings website’ category.

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AITO Travel Writer of the Year Short List announced 2016

19 Sep 2016

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) has announced the short list for its prestigious annual AITO Travel Writer of the Year awards. The five award categories were shortlisted from a total of 240 entries, which is the highest number received since the awards started in 1997.

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AITO Inspiration - Life Begins at 40

22 Aug 2016

The Association of Independent Tour Operators reached its big 4-0 this year. In celebration of this milestone, AITO has selected a list of trips which wanderlusters in their 40s and older would undoubtedly love to sample as part of their bucket list. Try out a range of exciting activities, from trekking the Druk Path in Bhutan to venturing off the tourist trail into Kyrgyzstan or exploring the Arctic frontiers in Svalbard

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Entry is now open for the prestigious annual AITO Travel Writer Awards 2016

20 Jul 2016

The awards will be presented at this year’s AITO Meets the Media event, to be held between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at Central Hall, Westminster.

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Jordan set to host AITO overseas conference

12 Jul 2016

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), is delighted to announce Jordan as the setting for its 2016 overseas conference, the grand finale of AITO’s 40th anniversary year. It’s the first time that AITO has staged a conference in the country.

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AITO Members Launch Project PROTECT

7 Jul 2016

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) has today launched Project PROTECT in recognition of the important role that destinations play in the future of the travel industry. The PROTECT acronym stands for People / Resources / Outreach / Tourism / Environment / Conservation / Tomorrow.

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AITO Know It All - the latest news from AITO members

28 Jun 2016

AITO (www.aito.com) is celebrating its 40th year in 2016. Its 120-plus specialist operators continue to innovate – they’ve always been ahead of the game! – as will be clear from the sparkling selection of new holiday ideas and itineraries below.

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AITO and Brexit - what does it mean for our members?

28 Jun 2016

So what does Brexit mean for the small and medium-sized specialists in AITO? We commissioned a survey the day after the vote and below are a few highlights - some statistics, plus comments from AITO members.

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AITO announces award winners at 40th anniversary dinner

9 Mar 2016

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (www.aito.com) celebrated its 40th anniversary at a special dinner and awards presentation last night (Tuesday 23 February) in the dazzling Library & Reading Room of the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London.

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AITO welcomes six new member tour operators in its 40th anniversary year

5 Jan 2016

AITO introduces 6 new member tour operators in its 40th anniversary year

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AITO winners of the prestigious 2015 Travel Writer of the Year Awards announced

30 Nov 2015

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) has announced the winners for its prestigious annual AITO Travel Writer of the Year awards.

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AITO Travel Writers of the Year 2015 Shortlist Announced

27 Oct 2015

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) today announces the short list for its prestigious annual AITO Travel Writer of the Year awards.

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AITO Domestic and Overseas Conferences

19 Oct 2015

AITO will stage a combined Operator and Travel Agents Conference for business owners from 24-27 November 2016 at a destination to be determined. Meanwhile registrations are open for AITO Operators and Agents for the Domestic Conference from 9-10 January 2016 at the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire.

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Entry is now open for the prestigious annual AITO Travel Writer Awards 2015

11 Sep 2015

The award categories are AITO Travel Writer of the Year, Young Travel Writer of the Year and the Travel Blogger of the Year

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A Guide to Royal Germany

4 Jun 2015

An Alphabetical Guide to 'Royal Germany' from the German National Tourist Office

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Royal Germany: the Route Beyond Berlin

4 Jun 2015

New 'Royal' Destinations from the German National Tourist Office UK and Ireland

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Exciting News from Casas Cantabricas

22 Dec 2014

The Northern Spain specialist has some exciting news...

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AITO knows it all this December

9 Dec 2014

New tours and announcements from AITO's members

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AITO Travel Writers of the Year 2014 Announced

19 Nov 2014

AITO has announced the results of its 18th Travel Writer of the Year awards. This year saw the highest number of entries ever, with 220 articles submitted, all of an exceptionally high standard. The categories were Travel Writer of the Year, Young Travel Writer of the Year and AITO Travel Blogger of the Year. The awards were presented at the AITO Meets the Media event held at Central Hall Westminster on 18 November

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AITO City and Short Breaks Inspirations

4 Sep 2014

Want to squeeze in a city break or short trip before Christmas, or to plan something for 2015 to look forward to? Choose from a range of ideas, from Christmas shopping in Turin, celebrating New Year in medieval Lucca or the Alentejo, or perhaps discovering Dresden, to mountain climbing in Poland, driving a classic car around Scotland, and much, much more . . .

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August and Beyond!

25 Jul 2014

Last minute holidays from the members of AITO.

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AITO Summer Sale

15 Jul 2014

Here are some of the best last-minute summer holidays available for July, August and beyond, with members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators

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AITO Know it all - June

27 Jun 2014

New tours and announcements from AITO members

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AITO Know It All - April Edition

28 Apr 2014

AITO Turns 38 years old this year. It's 120-plus specialist operators continue to innovate, as will be clear from the selection of new programmes and itineraries.

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Out of Reach Holidays

3 Apr 2014

Want to truly escape the monotony of a daily routine and disappear to somewhere remote? Here are some unique out of reach holiday ideas from the members of AITO.

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AITO Know It All

3 Mar 2014

New Tours and Announcements from AITO members

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AITO Inspirations February 2014

24 Feb 2014

Here are some of AITO's best adventure holidays

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AITO Inspirations - Winter Sun

30 Dec 2013

Some of the greatest winter sun holidays available with AITO

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AITO Overseas Conference 2013

21 Nov 2013

Next week’s conference will take place in Malta (28 November – 1 December, 2013), offering AITO tour operators the opportunity to address the biggest issues currently affecting the travel sector.

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AITO Awards Winners Announced

20 Nov 2013

AITO has announced the winners of the Travel Writer of the Year awards.

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AITO Snowy Holidays

13 Nov 2013

From brisk country walks to cruises through icebergs, to ice fishing, furry and feathery animal encounters and the magic of the Glacier Express and Santa's Grotto.

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AITO Welcomes Three New Members

21 Oct 2013

AITO is delighted to welcome three new trade friendly tour operator members.

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AITO Know It All - September Edition

1 Oct 2013

New Tours and announcements from AITO members

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AITO Inspirations

3 Sep 2013

Take a look at the wild side of the AITO with these exciting animal-themed tours and holidays worldwide.

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AITO's response to the DfT's call for evidence on the ATOL implementation/funding arrangements

27 Aug 2013

AITO, the 125-strong Association of Independent Tour Operators, is the only travel trade organisation to report clear facts and figures from its members on the latest Department for Transport Call for Evidence regarding consumer financial protection in the UK.

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The 29th AITO Overseas Conference will be held in...

16 Jul 2013

AITO has announced that it will be heading to Malta for it's 29th Overseas conference in late November.

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AITO Know It All Newsletter - June 2013

8 Jul 2013

New tours and announcements from AITO members

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AITO welcomes tougher ATOL rules

18 Mar 2013

AITO welcomes the expansion of the ATOL scheme, with the introduction of “ATOL Plus” as a first step.

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