• Norwegian Cruise Line Orders New Ship for 2015

    Norwegian Cruise Line has signed an agreement with German Meyer Werft to build a new €700 million cruise vessel, for delivery in October 2015, with the option for a second ship for delivery in spring 2017. The new ship, at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths, will be larger than...

  • Burj Al Arab Unveils New Aquarium

    Dubai’s luxurious hotel Burj Al Arab has unveiled its fully transformed aquarium, with an innovative décor and newly introduced exotic species of fish. The recently re-opened aquarium also boasts some of the most technically advanced underwater lighting, new artificial coral reefs and improved filtration systems. Going beyond the standards usually found in commercial...

  • Hilton Dublin Chef Wins Gold

    Gareth Caberry, newly appointed Head Chef  at the Dublin Hilton, has won Gold at Hilton Worldwide’s European Culinary Challenge 2012. Gareth’s winning lamb dish was braised Carlow lamb shoulder fillet, stuffed Savoy cabbage, Romanesco puree, and heirloom baby vegetables with potato mousse-line. Organised by Nestle Professional in collaboration with Hilton Europe, the event, which was held in the...

  • Marriott Hotels Signs Deal with German Golf Association

    Marriott Hotels & Resorts has signed a three-year strategic partnership with the German Golf Association (DGV), the umbrella organisation representing over 800 golf clubs in Germany. The partnership, effective from 1st January 2013, makes Marriott Hotels & resorts one of four main sponsors of the DGV and the official hotel partner. The...

  • RCI to Unveil ChoiceAir Automated Booking Tool in Dublin and Belfast

    As part of Royal Caribbean International’s ongoing investment in training, the company is introducing a new ChoiceAir tool that enables flights to be allocated along with cruise  bookings – and has also announced Irish winners of RCI’s ‘The Sea is Calling’ incentive. Ruby Wake, RCI’s Automation Trainer for UK & Ireland, is...

  • Aer Lingus Seeks NI George Best Look-aLikes

    Do you know someone in Northern Ireland who is the image of George Best? To celebrate its move to George Best Belfast City Airport on Sunday 28th October 2012, Aer Lingus has launched a competition to find the ‘best’ George Best look-alike in Northern Ireland. The overall winner will enjoy a luxury...

  • New Thomas Cook Partnership with easyJet from Belfast International

    Thomas Cook UK has confirmed that it will be taking an allocation of seats on easyJet flights to package with its own holidays for summer 2013. The programme includes new routes from Belfast International, Bristol, Edinburgh, Southend, Stansted and Luton. Rob Thompson, who is in charge of flight planning and capacity for...

  • Scandinavian Airlines Goes Large in Dublin T2

    SAS has launched an advertising campaign in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2, using the three large-format backlit poster sites to remind Irish business and leisure passengers of the airline’s great frequency, value and superb service from Terminal 1. The poster sites are in the arrivals area, within the baggage hall, and landside on...

  • St Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas with American Holidays

    The booming ex-Ireland market to Las Vegas sees American Holidays offering four-night stays over St Patrick’s Day for €739pp at the 4-star Hard Rock Hotel or €849 at the 5-star The Signature at MGM Grand, based on four sharing, including airport transfers and travelling on 13th March 2013.  Also on offer are...

  • Travel Counsellors Conference for Cork in April 2013

    The Travel Counsellors Ireland Conference will take place from Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th April 2013 at Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork. Over 120 delegates are expected to attend, including more than 45 of the company’s agents and partners, as well as the company’s management team, head office staff, guest speakers...

  • Etihad Signs Codeshare with Garuda

    Etihad Airways has signed its 42nd codeshare agreement that will come into effect with Garuda Indonesia on 28th Oct ober 2012. James Hogan, Etihad President and Chief Executive, said that the codeshare was a key plank of the airline’s network development strategy. “The partnership with Garuda Indonesia will contribute to Etihd Airways...

  • CWT Table Quiz Raises €3,413 for Children’s Hospital

    Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s table quiz at the Hampton Hotel last night raised €3,413.00 to support St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, with Team Sack Trap winning 1st place with 67/80 points. The two winners of airline tickets, donated by United and Turkish Airlines, were Deirdre O’Sullivan and Lisa...

  • Expedia Appoints Maura McCabe as Sales Manager – Ireland

    The Expedia Travel Agencies Affiliate Programme (TAAP) has announced that Maura McCabe is the new Sales Manager for Ireland. With over 15 years’ experience in the Irish travel trade, Maura brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role. With effect, from 1st October to 30th November 2012, Expedia TAAP Affiliate travel agents can...

  • Will NDC End Airline Fare Comparisons on GDSs?

    If IATA airlines vote later today or tomorrow in Abu Dhabi in favour of a proposed New Distribution Capability the new system could be introduced as early as next year – but travel agent bodies, including ECTAA, ASTA and BTC, are critical of the lack of consultation and are concerned that NDC...

  • Topflight Launches New Ski Brochure

    Topflight has launched its new Ski brochure, offering a choice of 35 destinations including resorts in Norway, the USA, France, Austria, Italy and Andorra. Departure airports are Dublin, Cork and Belfast International. Tony Collins, Managing Director, said: “Value for money continues to be the key selling point as the added value we...

  • Royal Caribbean Goes to the Movies

    Royal Caribbean International hosted a private preview screening of the Madagascar 3 movie before its general release. The invitation-only event in [email protected] at the weekend was attended by 150 trade and media guests with their families who enjoyed the movie and the fun of popcorn and wigs. The screening was another benefit of...