“A Million Smiles” campaign reaches £1m target

Image5Two years ago TUI UK & Ireland set themselves a target to raise £1m for the Family Holiday Association. After 24 months of countless marathon runs, on board coin collections, cake sales and sky dives they did it!

To mark the occasion, a short video has been put together and is being distributed throughout the company. You can view it here –


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Roundtable on social tourism – April 2016

Members of the social tourism round table – April 2016


The Family Holiday Association is just one of a wealth of organisations in Britain working in the field of social tourism, improving access to breaks for those who cannot normally afford them, for a multitude of reasons.

But uniquely, over the years the Family Holiday Association has acted as a champion of social tourism, supporting research, working with partners and trying to explain both the social and economic value of social tourism.

The charity supported the All Party Parliamentary Group’s Social Tourism report, Giving Britain a Break, that was put together back in 2011 under the auspices of the Chairman, Paul Maynard MP.

We believe it is time to do a further push on social tourism. This was the purpose of the April round table during which we heard from a number of different groups who since 2011 have come on board and done some amazing work.  You can read the report from the meeting in Westminster here.


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Some of the key issues and actions that were raised are detailed below.

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Thomson helps mark our 40th anniversary with a special gift to 40 families.

Our corporate partner of 25 years Thomson teamed up with the Family Holiday Association to help send 40 families to Lapland for a magical daytrip.

Watch the film Thomson made of this spectacular day

As you know we usually helps struggling families get away for a few days to the British seaside. But Thomson wanted to mark our 40th anniversary with an extra special gift which saw little ones and their parents whisked to a real winter wonderland at the northernmost point of Finland, where reindeers, huskies and elves roam the snow-dusted forests.

On Friday 4th December 150 children and parents spent the day hanging out with Rudolph, Santa and his trusty helpers. Plus, they were joined by special guest and Family Holiday Association ambassador, Alesha Dixon.

Here is Alesha Dixon introducing the video and wishing us all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!



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Charity President Peter Long writes in the Huffington Post


“Family holidays are a priority, not a privilege” Peter Long, Charity President and CEO of TUI Group states in this latest article on the Huffington Post.

I have vivid memories of being a child at the seaside – a particularly prominent and treasured memory involves my whole family. We were on a beach building sandcastles, and my father was handing flags to me to put on the top of them.

I’m sure my own memories will bring many of your own to the surface – the taste of ice cream that trickled down your chin in the heat, the smell of salt on the air, the heat of the sand in contrast to the refreshing sea. For most of us, simple moments like these have created lasting memories.

…it’s often these struggling families that need a break the most

For so many of us coveting such memories, we may find it hard to confront the reality that they are born from a position of privilege. Living in the 21st century in one of the most ambitious and successful economies in the world, it is almost unfathomable to contemplate that at least 1.46 million families – that’s 4.74million people in the UK – can’t get a break away together, even for a simple day trip. Continue reading

Forty years of holidays


A little sunshine goes a long way

This year is the Family Holiday Association’s 40th anniversary.  I want the charity to use this major milestone to both celebrate our four decades of working on behalf of families but also to help us prepare for the years ahead as there is still much to achieve.

Have a look at our 40th Anniversary Brochure –

Since 1975, when Pat and Joan Laurance first set up the charity in their spare bedroom in north London, we have directly supported tens of thousands of families with a simple break away from home.  And, in recent years, we have helped to significantly raise the awareness of just how important and beneficial a break can be; particularly for those families who can least afford even the simplest of holidays.

Celebrating the charity’s roots, we have used Pat and Joan’s first fundraising drive as inspiration for our current 500 for 500 campaign and we plan to help re-create their famous Hampstead Garden Suburb street fair, inviting along some of the celebrities whom they had open those early events.  We recently found some vintage footage of Esther Rantzen visiting the 1979 street fair with her family. View here.

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What wasn’t said about Chris Browne last night at BAFTA

Chris Browne on stage with Ian Taylor at BAFTA last night
Chris Browne on stage with Ian Taylor at BAFTA last night

Chris Browne, chief operating officer of TUI Aviation, delivered the annual University of Surrey School of Hospitality & Tourism Management lecture in BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre on Piccadilly last night.

Chris talked about her recent promotion from MD of TUI’s Thomson Airways to COO of all five of TUI’s airlines and the job she faces in pulling all these separate airlines into one organisation.  Continue reading

Peter Long, CEO of TUI Travel PLC, attends the charity’s trustee meeting on Wednesday 19 November

Peter Long addressing the Holidays Matter conference earlier this month at World Travel Market in the Excel Centre, London.
Peter Long addressing the Holidays Matter conference earlier this month at World Travel Market in the Excel Centre, London.

Peter Long leads one of the world’s largest travel companies and is a long-time supporter of the Family Holiday Association.  Last year he agreed to take on the role of charity President and since then he has devoted considerable time and energy to his new role. Continue reading