• Irish Tour Operators Reveal Their Dream Destinations

    For the October issue of Irish Travel Trade News, six Irish tour operators revealed to Neil Steedman their favourite destinations visited, their dream destinations yet to be visited, and what they would like to have been doing now if they were not in the travel industry. Helen Caron, Falcon / Thomson Holidays...

  • 1STS Spooks Up Dublin Agents

    Shannon O’Dowd of One Stop Touring Shop was out and about yesterday making spooky visits to travel agencies for Halloween. Here are five of the trick or treated agencies:

  • Wow Air Opens Aircraft Livery Design to Public Competition

    Wow Air, Iceland’s low-cost airline, has taken the unusual step of asking the public to design its brand new aircraft. Valuable prizes are on offer to the winners – as well as pride to see their designs in the air. Wow Air has just taken delivery of a 2012 model Airbus A320,...

  • Update from New York City After Hurricane Sandy

    NYC & Company has issued the following update on New York City: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York City has begun the process of assessment, recovery and restoration. Our greatest concern has been, and will be, for the safety of our residents and visitors. While restoring the city to a...

  • Emirates Launches Dubai – Adelaide Route

    Emirates’ first commercial flight to South Australia departed from Dubai this morning bound for Adelaide, inaugurating South Australia’s first non-stop flight link with the Middle East. Initially flight EK440 will operate four times weekly, serviced by a B777-300ER, increasing to daily services from 1st February 2013. “We are investing in South Australia...

  • Travel Counsellors Invites Agents to Join Business Travel Webcast

    Travel Counsellors will broadcast a webcast for anyone interested in running their own corporate travel businesses this evening, Thursday 1st November, as part of a drive to recruit more business travel agents. The show, which will air at 7.30pm, will feature a number of agents who have joined Travel Counsellors from corporate...

  • American Settles with Sabre, Extends Agreement with Travelport

    American Airlines has settled its legal argument with Sabre and renewed their distribution agreement. The airline has also agreed with Travelport to extend their existing full content agreements to 31st December 2012 as they attempt to resolve their long-running legal battle and reach a new long-term agreement. Sabre will make an unspecified...

  • KLM Offers Economy Comfort on European Routes

    KLM customers can now book an Economy Comfort product on flights within Europe departing from 1st December 2012 onwards. Economy Comfort is offered on flights operated with B737 aircraft and KLM is currently researching the possibility of providing the KLM Cityhopper fleet with this product. The new Economy Comfort zone on European...

  • Riu Introduces Wi-Fi Internet in American Hotels

    Riu Hotels & Resorts has introduced wireless Internet in its hotels on the American continent. Guests at Riu’s resorts in Mexico, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, Florida (USA) and Costa Rica can now avail of a high-quality Internet connection in all the communal areas and rooms. In the hotels...

  • Dubai Fam Trip Went Behind the Scenes

    This summer, nine Irish travel agents – including Michael Holmes of Thriftway Consol – enjoyed a fam trip to Dubai hosted by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Etihad Airways and Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. In the October issue of Irish Travel Trade News (out now!) Neil Steedman...

  • Travelport Strikes Deal with Virgin Atlantic Flightstore

    Travelport has renewed and extended its relationship in the UK with the Virgin Group to supply GDS and technology services to Virgin Atlantic Flightstore. The three-year deal will see Virgin deploying Travelport’s latest point of sale tools including Smartpoint, which speeds up the reservation process with an overall 15% reduction in keystrokes...

  • Bear Grylls Survival Academy in Scotland

    If clients are looking for a six-day dirty break in Scotland, advise them that the ultimate Boy Scout and TV star Bear Grylls has launched his first ever Survival Academy in one of the last true wilderness areas of these islands: Sutherland in Scotland. The course, which launches in November, will comprise...

  • Virgin Holidays to Deploy Amadeus Technology

    Amadeus and Virgin Holidays today announced a technology partnership that will utilise the latest advances in fares and shopping technology. Virgin Holidays will migrate its online and call centre reservations to Amadeus, and introduce new fares and shopping solutions that are designed to boost sales conversions by offering the best fare ‘findability...

  • WTM 2012 Welcomes 157 New Exhibitors

    Are you going to World Travel Market next week? Then look out for a total of 157 new exhibitors at the event. Tourist boards, technology companies, hotel chains, attractions and tour operators are all hosting their own stands for the first time from 5th – 8th November at ExCeL in London. Europe...

  • CAR Advises on Hurricane Sandy Flight Disruptions

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation issued an advisory yesterday as a result of the flight cancellations to the east coast of the United States. It reads as follows: If you are a passenger scheduled to travel between Ireland and the east coast of America, then it is important that you are aware...

  • New Silversea Agent Incentive

    Silversea has announced a new agent incentive. Agents who book a Silversea cruise between 29th October and 16th November 2012, for any departure sailing between 1st November 2012 and 31st March 2013 will receive £50 per booking in Love2Shop vouchers. There is no minimum number of bookings that are required and agents...