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A simple break helps people get back into work

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New research on social tourism from Nottingham University Business School has examined the links between holiday breaks and improvements in attitudes towards unemployment and job search behaviours. Konstantinos Kakoudakis, a PhD student at Nottingham University, was a regular visitor to the charity’s offices while he worked on the research for his thesis. The study, conducted... Read more »
Holidays Matter

Putting Social Tourism on the map

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Earlier this month, at the World Travel Market, we launched the Holidays Matter network at our third annual Holidays Matter conference. Since 2012, we have brought together the tourism and travel industries to brainstorm, debate and collectively work towards promoting the benefit of tourism for everyone. Through the network, we aim to work with a... Read more »
Holidays Matter

Holidays Matter network launched at WTM 2014

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The Holidays Matter network was formally launched today at the third annual Holidays Matter Conference hosted at the World Travel Market (WTM) event in London. The network will, for the first time, provide a framework for organisations who believe that every single person in this country should have the opportunity for a break away from... Read more »

Charity President speaks out!

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In a speech given to the Holidays Matter conference at World Travel Market in London, Peter Long spoke of the millions of children and parents who could not afford a break each year and called for the Government to assess public spending to help those people. Peter Long, Chief Executive of TUI Travel PLC, one... Read more »
Akaroa Unveiled

A new addition – Akaroa

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Thank you to our generous, long-term supporter Kim Maidment, for helping us grow the number of Family Holiday Association caravans to 14. We collect many stories each year; most are from the families we help but every so often we receive a story from those who help us. In memory of her late husband, Philip... Read more »

Barnados report sparks media interest

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The children’s’ charity, Barnardos, launched a report on the numbers of children missing out on a day trip to the seaside which resulted in a great deal of media interest. The Family Holiday Association’s director John McDonald was interviewed by BBC local radio for his comments on the report. Listen to the report here. Here... Read more »
Peter Long

New charity President, Peter Long, delivers first speech following the Holidays Matter Conference at the Royal Society

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Peter Long’s first engagement was to make a keynote address at the President’s Reception held at the charity’s Holidays Matter conference at the Royal Society in London on Thursday 24 October. The press release is replicated below – Millions of children missing out on a simple break an “appalling indictment on our society”. London 25th... Read more »

Parliament to be lobbied against the Parent Trap of expensive holidays

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Richard Singer, the European Managing Director of Travelzoo, the UK’s leading online travel deals company, and a father of one, has initiated a personal e-petition to Parliament against what he calls the “Parent Trap” of government legislation, taxes and holiday price hiking during school holidays. This month, amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations... Read more »

Term time holidays; a subject for discussion

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Just as John McDonald, the charity’s director, was about to wave off the TUI Big Bike Riders from the company’s office at Gatwick on Friday morning 21 June his phone rang and BBC Three Counties Radio wanted to talk about holidays!   Three Counties Breakfast Show presenter, Iain Lee, wanted to talk about the price... Read more »

John Mason MSP leads debate in Scottish Parliament

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Tuesday 30 April witnessed a major debate on Social tourism in Holyrood. John Mason, Glasow Shettleston MSP, lodged a motion supporting easier access to holidays for disadvantaged families which received cross-party support allowing the debate to take place. The debate, scheduled for 5pm on the Tuesday was preceded by a briefing session on social tourism... Read more »