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Midlands holiday getaway expected

Spain is the top destination for people flying out of the East Midlands Credit: Marcel Kusch/DPA/Press Association Images

Around a 120,000 people are expected to fly out of Midlands airports on holiday this weekend.

It is predicted that around 55,000 will use East Midlands Airport, which is a rise of around 5% on the same period in 2012.

The top destinations this summer are Palma, Alicante and Malaga.

66,000 people are expected also to use Birmingham Airport.

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Boxing Day turns into booking day

As many as 20% of holidaymakers are set to start their search for a getaway break today.

A survey found that more people are putting a foreign holiday at the top of their spending priorities than last year.

In a similar poll last year, just a third of people said an overseas break was their main priority whereas this year 47% have put an overseas trip at the top of their list.

Travel agent Thomas Cook, who conducted the research predicts that the most popular short-haul package holiday destination for summer 2013 will be Turkey, followed by Spain's Balearic and Canary islands.

Possible teacher strike action over shorter summer holidays

The prospect of more strike action from teachers in Nottingham schools is possible after the National Union of Teachers (NUT) rejected the Council's proposals to change school holidays.

The changes would mean that term dates would alter, making the summer holiday shorter.

Something over 73% of teachers are opposed to and 70% are willing to take strike action over.

The Council are due to meet tomorrow to make the final decision to decide whether they will make the changes.

“The NUT will now continue to campaign against changes to the terms dates and holiday patterns. This may include the continuance of the strike action which was suspended during the summer term.”

“The NUT calls on the Council not to implement the proposed changes and to get back into meaningful negotiations to try and achieve an agreed resolution to the dispute.”

– Ian Stevenson, NUT Regional Secretary

Bowen's Travel goes bust, full report

Almost 400 people have lost their jobs after a Midlands holiday company went into administration.

The Bowen Travel Group has 38 high street stores, and a fleet of 138 coaches. It had branches in the West Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, with its head office in Loughborough.

Fifty-five members of staff have been kept on to fulfil the company's obligations.

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Bowens Travel Firm bust: "a tragedy for a company delivering good service for decades"

Almost 400 people have lost their jobs after a Midlands holiday company went into administration.

The Bowen Travel Group has 38 high street stores, and a fleet of 138 coaches.

It had branches in the West Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, with its head office in Loughborough. Fifty five members of staff have been kept on to fulfil the company's obligations.

Shutters down at Bowens Travel Group

Shutters down: Midlands based Bowens Travel Group have gone bust Credit: ITV Central

Almost 400 jobs have been lost after a Midlands based travel agency went into administration.

Bowen Travel Group has 38 travel agencies across the West Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

Before the company was placed into administration yesterday it offered coach holidays around the UK and also in Europe.

Statement from travel firm's administrators

Administrator Deloitte issued this statement about Bowen Travel Group going into administration.

"After exploring all possible avenues for the future of the group, it became clear that due to lack of funds it would be unable to continue to trade. As a result an orderly closure is being implemented. We are working hard to assist the 393 employees with generating claims through the Redundancy Payments Service. We are also seeking a sale for the assets of the group in order to retrieve as much value as possible for creditors."

"We are also working closely with Bonded Coach Holidays to assist impacted customers, ensuring that all are fully aware of the situation and next steps. Customers will receive a letter during the coming days providing information and advice for claiming for unfulfilled holidays. We are also seeking an alternative coach operator to fulfil forthcoming trips and ensure the absolute minimal disruption for holidaymakers."

– Matt Cowlishaw, Deloitte Administrator
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