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AER LINGUS


Anniversary Holiday World Begins Next Friday

The 2017 summer booking season is in full swing, so what better time to catch up on all the latest options and most popular destinations worldwide?

For a quarter of a century now Holiday World show has provided Northern Ireland with a unique gateway to the world... and next week (Friday, January 20 to Sunday, January 22) it's set to celebrate its silver anniversary with a glitzy show that's packed to the rafters with holiday choices.

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BCA


Ulsterbus Announce 'Tour, Hire, Explore' Showcase in Belfast

Top Irish holiday destinations and travel providers are coming together for a special showcase event in Belfast on January 25 organised by Ulsterbus Tours.

Taking place from 12noon - 5pm in The Spires, Fisherwick Place, Belfast City Centre, members of the public are invited to find out more about a wide range of attractive travel options from Ulsterbus Tours, NIR Travel, Stena Line, Gleneagle Hotel Group, Regency Hotel Group and much more!

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AIR CANADA

Pre-Christmas Shopping Trip to Big Apple

Jet2, one of three airlines thought to be in the frame to operate a replacement Belfast-New York service (United Airlines Newark service ended last Monday) is to operate a special one-off flight to the Big Apple from Belfast in the run-up to Christmas 2017.

The flight leaves Belfast International on Thursday, December 14, 2017 returning on Monday, December 18, 2017.

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BIA


Walking in a New York Winter Wonderland

NYC & Company, New York City's destination marketing organisation, is encouraging visitors to book a trip to New York City this winter, one of the most beautiful, intimate and now even more affordable times of the year.

Visitors to New York City in January and February will be comforted with experiences from picturesque snowfalls to lovely hotel fireplaces (best accompanied with hot cocoa), as well as rare moments such as shorter lines at museums, easier-to-book restaurant reservations and other conveniences unique to the cold-weather months.

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STENA

'Positive Outlook' for Coming Year Despite Brexit Factor

ABTA's Travel Trends Report 2017 has revealed a positive outlook for the travel industry in 2017 tempered by caution and uncertainty.

The report also highlights emerging and key trends in travel which will influence holiday habits in the year ahead, and reveals the 12 'Destinations to watch' for 2017.

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HOLIDAY WORLD

Cruise Line Launches Competition to Find 'Extraordinary Explorer'

Royal Caribbean International has launched a search for an 'extraordinary explorer' to fulfil the company's first Instagram 'Intern-ship of the Seas', as new research confirms that social media is a key source of inspiration in consumer booking habits.

The research, polling 2,000 consumers from Ireland and the UK, was commissioned by Royal Caribbean to determine the role that social media plays in inspiring holiday makers.

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HOLIDAY WORLD


Tayto Goes on Airline's On-Board Menu

Airline Flybe has kicked off 2017 with a refreshed on-board menu which champions Northern Ireland's famous brand of crisps, Tayto.

The airline's 'Tastes of the Regions' menu highlights regional products from a different corner of its extensive network every quarter.

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CENTURY TRAVEL


Limit on Belfast City Seats to be Lifted

The Planning Restriction which limits the number of seats from George Best Belfast City Airport is soon to be lifted.

Local residents groups, which have opposed an increase the number of flights from the airport over many years, say they have seen a letter from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir which reveals that the seat cap is set to be lifted.

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TRAVEL SOLUTIONS


Dublin Passenger Numbers Nears 28 Million

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 11 per cent to a record 27.9 million last year - more than four times the population of the island of Ireland.

Last year's traffic performance exceeded the previous record, which was set in 2015, by more than 2.8 million passengers.

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