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Dark Navy Blue UK Passport on the Way Back

The UK's traditional popular dark navy blue passport is on the way back, after it was revealed that the Home Office as already issued a £490 million contract to produce them.

A contract for the redesign of the UK passport has gone out to tender and discussions have been held with contractors about changing from the current Burgundy coloured UK/EU passport.

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Visa Free Travel a Must After Brexit

ABTA has set out five priorities for the Brexit negotiations including the ability of UK citizens to travel freely within Europe and beyond and to keep visa free travel between the UK and EU.

ABTA points out that the EU is an extremely important market for UK domestic and outbound travel and tourism businesses.

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End of Kangaroo Flight Stopovers in Sight

The days of stopovers on flights to Australia from the UK could be coming to an end.

Both Airbus and Boeing now offer aircraft that appear capable of flying non-stop commercial flights from Sydney to London.

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Specialist Operator Promises Tour for Every Taste

Holiday specialists Topflight are promising a tour to suit every taste in the company's first ever Escorted Tours brochure released this week.

Jam-packed with brand new tour itineraries to a host of European and worldwide destinations, the company's fresh and exciting programme is sure to satiate even the most discerning of wanderlusts!

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Special Flights to Isle of Man TT

Airline Flybe has added three special flights to link Belfast City and the Isle of Man to accommodate the demand from Northern Ireland motorsport fans wanting to attend the week-long TT 2017 races taking place between June 2 and 10.

These flights, which are on Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 and Saturday, June 10, boost the airline's existing Isle of Man schedule that offers a total choice of up to 66 direct flights a week from Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester, all of which are now available for booking.

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New Norwegian US Routes Selling Well

The new US routes from Ireland, including Belfast, have been selling well.

Indeed, Norwegian Air has said bookings from Europe to the United States were "surprisingly good" and that the firm had yet to see a negative impact from the US administration attempts at imposing travel bans.

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Budget Airline Revamps Inflight Food and Retail Offering

At a time when its inflight food and retail products are more popular than ever, easyJet says it is making it easier than ever for customers to make their selections with two stand-alone brochures - one for food and drinks and the other for all those luxuries, gifts and travel essentials.

Boutique has a new editorial look and feel, featuring new premium brands inspired by Spring.

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Ferry Operator Charts Course to More Sustainable Future

Leading ferry operator Stena Line's increased strategic focus on sustainability and environmental improvements over recent years is starting to pay off.

Key measurement data has shown that fuel consumption and emission levels to the air and sea have both decreased.

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Business as Usual as Oasis Takes Over Leading Belfast Agency

Oasis Travel, one of Northern Ireland's longest established and most successful independent travel agencies, has acquired Belfast's Knock Travel for an undisclosed fee.

The merger which will take place from Tuesday May 30, 2017 creates an expanded travel agency network stretching across six prime locations in the Greater Belfast, North Down and Lisburn areas. The combined businesses will trade as Oasis Travel.

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Express Shuttle Service Between Stewart Airport and NYC

The bright lights of the Big Apple just got a whole lot closer for travellers flying into Stewart International on Norwegian’s new service from Belfast International to New York!

Starting on June 15, 2017 Coach USA's Stewart Airport Express will offer fast, convenient transfers between Stewart International Airport and NYC!

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Ease of Travel and Open Skies Need to be Secured

Things we take for granted, such as the ability to travel without restriction across Europe and flying to many destinations, will need to be secured now that Article 50 has been triggered by the Prime Minister Theresa May, according to ABTA, the Travel Association.

In response to the start of the process for leaving the European Union, Alan Wardle, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA said: "As the official two year countdown to Brexit begins, the priority for the travel industry is continuing to make sure that the Government recognises the industry’s needs for a successful Brexit.

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