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UK: Budget hotel attacks budget airlines

29 January 2008

Ryanair and easyJet were accused by budget hotel chain Travelodge of driving an £18bn “‘tourism deficit'” by drawing British holidaymakers away from the UK with low fares that are underpinned by state tax breaks.

In a hearing at the House of Commons select committee into tourism, Travelodge said inward tourism spending had declined by 16% between 1995 and 2002 while spending by British tourists abroad had climbed by nearly 50%. Greg Dawson, Travelodge director of communications, said no-frills carriers were “t’he single biggest cause of decline in traditional tourism resorts and we urge the inquiry and Government to investigate the airline’s unfair grip on holidaymakers that is squeezing the life out of British tourism.'”

source: Guardian Unlimited

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