• Etihad Skyline Opens at Croke Park Stadium

    One of Ireland’s most iconic venues, Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, will be opening the much-anticipated Etihad Skyline tour on the roof of the historic ground to the public this Friday, 1st June. Sponsored by Etihad Airways, the roof top tour of Croke Park offers spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city and its...

  • TAT Launches Special Adventure Travel Website

    Adventure travel enthusiasts seeking to try their hand at ‘100 Unforgettable Experiences’ in Thailand can log on to the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new website, adventure.tourismthailand.org, and take their pick. Thailand is an adventure traveller’s dream destination with a range of national parks bursting with flora and fauna. In recent years, adventure...

  • Irish Gold TCs Meet in Mauritius

    More than 90 Gold Travel Counsellors met in Mauritius for their annual conference this month, including Rosemary Chawke, Mary Foyle, Sarah McCarthy, Geraldine Martin and Siobhan Power from Ireland, accompanied by Cathy Burke, General Manager Ireland. The conference was held from 20th – 24th May at the 5-star superior Paradis Hotel and...

  • Irish Ferries Adds Children’s Treasure Hunt

    When children are happy, their parents are happy – and the key to keeping children happy, according to ferry operator Irish Ferries, is to give them plenty to do to keep their minds occupied. It is against this backdrop that the company has expanded the range of fun things for children to...

  • Irish Tour Operators Visit GTM in Leipzig

    “I have made a strategic decision to focus more on the Irish market,” Klaus Lohmann, Director UK  & Ireland, German National Tourist Office, has told Irish Travel Trade News (see full interview in the May issue). “We will be getting out there and discussing more about what Germany has to offer with...

  • Germany for Young People

    Next year, the German National Tourist Board will be training the spotlight on youth travel in its global sales and marketing activities. The ‘Germany for Young People – vibrant, fashionable, innovative’ theme caters to a tourism segment offering vast economic potential. The target group is also huge, with current figures showing that...

  • Tom Scott Wins DSD Fam Trip to Orlando

    The lucky winner of a Universal Studios Orlando fam trip with Virgin Atlantic flights at last Thursday’s DoSomethingDifferent trade event in The Lost Society was Tom Scott of Trailfinders, who managed to collect DSD$82 in the Cash Cube – which generated a lot of fun as some highly competitive agents literally scrambled...

  • Water Discus Hotel MoU Signed in Dubai

    Dubai-based shipbuilding company Drydocks and Maritime World has signed an MoU with Swiss company BIG InvestConsult appointing Drydocks World as the exclusive main contractor for construction of a new concept of floating and underwater hotels in the Middle East. BIG InvestConsult is representing Deep Ocean Technology, the Polish owner behind the unique...

  • New Nokia App and Adventure Website at TTM+ 2012 in Bangkok

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand will be launching a new Nokia Thailand mobile app and a new...

  • Jennifer and Jean Win Caribbean Nights!

    Travel Counsellor Jennifer O’Brien and Jean Claffey of Joe Walsh Tours were the lucky winners of luxury hotel stays in Barbados and St Lucia respectively at the trade evening in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, hosted by Annette Quinn and Jacquie Nichols of Essential Detail and representatives of 14 luxury boutique hotels in...

  • Amadeus Releases Facebook Booking Engine

    Amadeus Ireland announced at today’s ‘Smart Technology – today, tomorrow’ conference that it is soon releasing a new booking engine through Facebook for low cost carriers and airlines on the GDS. Meanwhile, Travelport was introducing its new Smartpoint and Worldspan Translator APP that are new intuitive solutions translating all other GDS languages,...

  • Uniworld Launches 5-Star Cruise Ships in China

    Uniworld Boutique River Cruises (and One Stop Touring Shop, of course!) is very excited about launching its two new 5-star luxury river cruise ships in China. During 2013 and 2014, Uniworld will operate all of its Yangtze River Cruises onboard the new 5-star ships, the ‘Century Paragon’ and the ‘Century Legend’. Uniworld...

  • Definitely Dubai Familiarisation Visit Itinerary

    Seven Irish retail agents will be heading off on 7th June for a five-day ‘Dubai for Families’ familiarisation visit hosted by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Etihad Airways, and Jebel Ali International Hotels. The lucky agents are Pamela Kelly, Newbridge Travel; Jennifer Dineen, Abbey Travel; Siobhan Geraghty, Cavan Travel;...

  • Contiki Celebrates 50 Years

    Contiki Holidays celebrates turning the big Five-O this month, having been the original youth adventure travel brand since May 1962. Fifty years ago the first Contiki tour rolled out of London with a small group of travellers ready to explore Europe – now 50 years later the company offers over 190 different...

  • NITB Advises Visitors to Book Accommodation for Irish Open

    With this year’s Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush set to be one of the biggest in the competition’s history, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Chief Executive Alan Clarke has reminded visitors to book their tickets and accommodation now to avoid potential disappointment – but reassures that accommodation is still available....

  • Deutsche Bahn Group Saver Summer Special

    It’s a bargain summer from Deutsche Bahn whose new special offer for small groups of six to 12 passengers offers a return journey for €49 per person between 11th June and 31st August 2012. Booking is now open for the special offer ‘Gruppe&Spar Sommer-Spezial’ (Group Saver Summer Special) that allows small groups...