21 February 2017

Your weekly round-up of SPAA news - including the President's remarks, coming events and all the latest product and people news from our Associate Members ... be sure to scroll down!

From the President


Michael O'Leary pitched up at a press conference in Edinburgh last week and announced an incredible fifteen new routes to Ryanair's winter 2017 schedule from Scotland. The majority of those new routes, thirteen to be precise, will operate from Edinburgh Airport.

It's an amazing growth story and one of the main factors for introducing these new routes seems to be the proposed 50% reduction in APD by Scottish government ( if the SNP government can get the bill through Holyrood as they no longer have a majority) to be implemented in April 2018. So agreement is needed from some of the other parties to get this bill through.

It's not often I find myself agreeing with Mr O'Leary, (as he is a somewhat of a controversial character within the travel trade), but I'm totally with him on this one, as he called for the Scottish government to adopt the Irish model and scrap APD all together. 

It will mean a lot of new airport and tourism jobs, as these flights will bring a huge amount of visitors into Scotland and the money they spend flows through the Scottish economy.

However, I understand from the press conference that failure to deliver these APD cuts will result in these new routes being re-evaluated. That's totally understandable - APD has a big bearing on route profitability.

Mr O'Leary is renowned for his ruthless approach to business, so I really hope that the SNP can deliver on their manifesto promise of that 50% reduction in APD, as this is exactly the kind of scenario that they predicted would happen if the cuts were implemented - more jobs and more revenue for the tourist industry. Great news for Scotland! 

Let's hope that party politics doesn't get in the way.

Alan Glen S PAA President
21 February 2017

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     Thursday 02 March : 87th Annual SPAA Dinner - Crowne Plaza Glasgow     
     Thursday 30 March : STAR Exhibition Edinburgh - George Hotel
     Thursday 20 April : Spring Seminar & Networking Lunch  - Blythswood Square, Glasgow 
     Tuesday 09 May : Travel Quiz Heat Glasgow - Blythswood Square Hotel                                       
     Tuesday 16 May : Travel Quiz Heat Edinburgh - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton                                  
     Tuesday 23 May : Travel Quiz Heat Aberdeen  - Douglas Hotel                                
     Thursday 01 June : Travel Quiz Final Glasgow  - Travel 2                  
     Thursday 29 June : Summer in the City - Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh                                  
     Thursday 24 August : Golf Day - Lanark Golf Club                    
     Thursday 07 September : Autumn Seminar & Networking Lunch - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
     Thursday 14 September : STAR Exhibition Aberdeen  - Douglas Hotel                               
     Thursday 02 November : Annual Travel Awards  - DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow               
     Tuesday 21 November : STAR Exhibition Glasgow  - DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow                               
     Thursday 07 December : AGM & Christmas Lunch - 29 Club Glasgow

NB for details visit or contact Janice Hogarth at
all event details are subject to change

Associate salesbytes

Cruise lines & ferry companies

Crystal River Cruises  Introducing Crystal Bach

Allison Graham
22 February at 08:08
Fred.'s Cruise Sale has to end 1st March'17 with benefits including "Free All Inclusive Drinks Package Upgrade" and 0% Solo offers on selected cruises which include Scottish Departures from your local port of Rosyth & Greenock! But Hurry, these offers will not be extended so you have only 1 more week to grab your customers these great offers!!! Terms & conditions apply, all pricing and offers subject to availability. Allison Graham Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Operators & other Associates

Attraction World  Let's get Attraction packed
Balkan Holidays  Latest weekly update
Funway  Take off sale
Glenton  Select by Glenton
Gold Medal  Latest GMag online
Great Rail Journeys  Fly rail touring
Newmarket Holidays  Discover more
SuperBreak  Latest weekly offers

Airlines & airports

Gemma Carpenter
Glasgow Airport
It's week six of our competition!!!
This week's amazing prize is two return flights to New York (Newark) with  United!
To get involved follow the below link and watch out for more exciting prizes to come! 
... See more
Paul McDougall
Turkish Airlines
We have some incredible fares to the Seychelles from all UK departures.
Return fares from only £530 in Economy AND £1994 in Business Class from EDINBURGH!
Fly with Europe's Best airline. ...

MajorTom Sneddon
United Airlines
There's no 'Substitute' for live music, and we will be hosting a group of our fantastic travel agents at The Hydro in Glasgow to see British rock legends The Who, on Friday 7th April, with pre-gig food and drinks. How can you join us? Every time you make a United booking, just e-mail with the details, and we'll put you into the draw. The more bookings, the better the chance of being drawn out! Get those bookings in and you 'Won't Get Fooled Again' !!

Associate focus

Associate focus


New interactive resource designed to help boost knowledge and skills


Agents able to win a 12-day Mediterranean cruise onboard Silversea's new flagship


Simply complete the new Silver Muse module by the end of March to be in the prize draw



click for details



SPAA voice of travel

Sarah Black shared a link.
Osprey Holidays
ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT! Which lucky Travel Agent will be dipping their toe in the Blue Lagoon with a glass of Prosecco in their hand...

Don't forget all JTA window posters can be downloaded from our website and displayed in your window or on your social media pages!

Karen Cameron
Complete Cruise Solution
Just wow wow

William Young
Scenic Emerald
These wonderful brochures are out, order yours on Trade gate and get River Cruising with Emerald Waterways.

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KLM will be offering a Double daily service between Inverness and Amsterdam . ✈️ ✈️

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