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n holidaybreak talks



Holidaybreak is believed to have held talks with Explore Worldwide after announcing that it is looking to buy specialist operators. Explore’s operations director Derek Moore said: “Holidaybreak is looking to buy a company, but we currently have no deal.” Holidaybreak refused to comment.



n debonair £20m loss



Debonair’s creditors look likely to receive just 1% of the airline’s debts. Deloitte and Touche are expected to announce today that most of the carrier’s assets will be used to pay employees’ salaries, banks, Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue, leaving creditors with a total £20m loss.



n preussag rebrand



Thomas Cook parent Preussag has rebranded HTU to the TUI group. HTUchairman and Preussag executive director Dr Ralf Corsten said the TUI brand has huge public recognition.



n 21st century post



New on-line travel agency 21st Century Travel has appointed Airtours UKLeisure Group former ITdirector Stuart Walters as operations and customer services director.



n star cruises stake



Star Cruises has acquired a 20.6% stake in Norwegian Cruise Line. The deal comes after NCLrejected a $1.7bn bid by Carnival Corporation to buy the company and after NCLwas approached by Premier Cruises about a merger.



n ETC appointment



The English Tourism Council has appointed Mary Lynch as chief executive. Lynch, who is regional manager Australasia for the British Tourist Authority, will start on April 1, 2000.


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