The April 2017 issue of ABTA Magazine is now available online, with the print version sent to all members and subscribers. This month, the inspiring cover story focuses on the vibrant island of Cuba and what it has to offer beyond its capital, Havana.

As usual, ABTA Magazine ensures its readers are well-informed when it comes to the ever-changing travel industry, with cutting-edge analysis and reports — this issue, on the increasingly popular trends in wedding and honeymoon travel, and the future of luxury cruise.

The new issue also offers readers a chance to take a road trip through rural Australia in our Travelogue, study the long-running guided holidays specialists, Trafalgar, and spend 48 hours in the charming oceanfront city of Durban.

In a bid to highlight the importance of travel on day-to-day life, editor Jo Fletcher-Cross quotes the writer Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”

“Travel might sometimes feel frivolous — and often it should be — but to encourage and facilitate people to see the world isn’t just a job, it’s something more vital,” Jo adds.

When it comes to inspirational travel content, we think the April issue of ABTA Magazine is a rather good place to start. Here’s why:



Cover story: Cuba

There’s so much more to the beautiful, charismatic island of Cuba than its capital, so Jack Southan discovers what the rest of the country has to offer

Analysis: Luxury cruise

The luxury cruise market continues to grow in new and interesting directions. Karl Cushing digs deeper into the ever-expanding market

Special report: Wedding and honeymoon travel

An increasingly popular travel trend, Debbie Ward explores what makes a destination ideal for tying the knot

Inside… Trafalgar

Gary Noakes examines the future of a family company providing guided holidays for 70 years

Destination: Italy

Inspiration for the perfect family getaway to Italy, including Lake Garda, Rome and South Tyrol

Q&A: Dan Fox

The managing director of Ski Weekends shares details of the past 14 years with the UK’s largest short-break ski tour operator

Travelogue: Rural Australia

A road trip through rural Victoria plunges us into Australia’s surprising frontier history


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Notes to editors:

ABTA Magazine is a bi-monthly trade publication, produced by APL Media Limited for ABTA, the travel association. The magazine is entirely funded by advertising, and is produced at no cost to ABTA Members.

ABTA Magazine is distributed on a named basis to all ABTA Members — comprised of travel agents and tour operators. It’s also distributed to all UK tourist board offices and the head offices of ABTA Travel Industry Partners, as well as to leading companies in sectors such as hotels, aviation, cruise, rail and car rental.

APL Media Limited also produces spin-off titles ABTA Golf, the ABTA Country By Country Guide and ABTA Magazine, The Dailies.


About ABTA

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For editorial enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7253 9906

Jo Fletcher-Cross, Head of ABTA Titles
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Maria Pieri, Editorial Director
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Matthew Jackson, Managing Director
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Anthony Leyens, CEO
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