What have our readers have been responding to this week? There are few surprises, given the threat of strikes in Spain (over Easter - thanks for that), a security scare at Heathrow and the horrific quake and tsunami in Japan.
That accounts for the top four. Down at the bottom is the story we'd probably have seen top in an incident-free week: Kuoni's acquisition of ground content business Gullivers.
- Spain suffers as consumers warned over air strikes
- Man arrested after heathrow suicide bomb threat
- Japan quake: Tsunami warnings across Pacific, Narita closed
- Easter strike threat from spanish airport workers
- Travelport sells GTA to Kuoni
With the Spain situation topping the list, I've addressed it in the coming week's poll too. We're interested to know where agents will try and rebook clients to if the strikes do go ahead - for options I've gone with the current top four summer sellers (behind Spain itself) according to GfK Ascent. Vote on the homepage until Friday March 18.
The story that earned the most vociferous comments was probably P&O Cruises' 10% discounts for 2012, which some agents felt was a little rich following its commission cuts - made in the name of ending the cruise sector's 'discount culture'.
A reader calling themselves 'The Bard' even weighed in with a short story (allegorical, we have to assume) that began thus:
Spring was in the air. Animals and plants were waking up from their winter rest. The weather was becoming hotter... as was Ted Baker's temper as he heard the latest news from Dingle Dell Farm...
Head to the article to read the rest of the, erm, tale.