Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Shine Bright for JJ - Fundraising Night a Success!

Thomas Cook Cluster Manager Christine McCleery and her partner Marty recently hosted a private charity event on Friday October 13, 2017 at the Tannery Moira in aid of Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity.

Approximately 250 family and friends attended the event, which was held in memory of their son Jaxon James McVey.



The Big Wait for Travel Awards Winners Almost Over

The weeks and months of waiting are almost over... it's just three days until the winners of the 26th annual Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards - organised by Northern Ireland Travel News in association with Blue Insurance - are known.

The Awards Gala takes place this Friday in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa with BBC's Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong host for the evening.



Win a Place on an Inghams Ski Fam Trip

Leading ski tour operator Inghams and winter chalet specialist Ski Total have launched a joint travel agent exclusive competition for beginner skiers to win a place on their #skisuperfam trip.

The Beginner's Ski Fam Trip will take place in Solden, Austria, from December 12 to 15, 2017.



Adele at Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference in Istanbul

Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more countries than any other, hosted the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference in Istanbul recently, at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel.

Irish delegates Adele Lemon, Selective Travel, Belfast, Cliff Price, Primark and Bryan O'Shea, Clarity, were hosted by Julienne Curran Corporate Manager Turkish Airlines Ireland.



Bubbles and Treats Incentive for Cruise Bookings

Northern Ireland's leading tour operator, Travel Solutions, and MSC Cruises have teamed up with local radio station Q Radio to broadcast live from the Med.

Travel Solutions Cruise Manager, Aaron Fletcher, explains: "Q Radio will broadcast live from MSC Musica this week and we will be directing listeners to visit their local travel agent to book their MSC Cruise with Travel Solutions.



CAA Welcomes New Court Ruling on Compensation Claims

The Civil Aviation Authority has welcomed a ruling by the Court of Appeal, which clarifies that passengers flying with a non-EU airline are entitled to compensation if a flight departing from the UK is delayed by at least three hours at the final destination, as a result of a missed connection outside Europe.

The Court of Appeal reached its judgment in the joined cases of Gahan v Emirates and Buckley v Emirates, in which the CAA was an intervener.



Stop Smoking on Top Thai Beaches - No Buts...!

Top Asian holiday destination Thailand is to ban smoking on some of its most popular beaches, with the possibility of up to a year in prison for those caught flouting the rules.

The move comes after a survey of litter on a popular beach in the leading resort of Phuket - visited by millions of foreign tourists each year which found an average of 0.76 cigarette butts per square metre in a sample area.



ABTA Welcomes Further Crackdown on False Sickness Claims

ABTA has welcomed the Government's Call for Evidence to help drive the crackdown on the holiday sickness claims culture.

A statement from the Travel organisation says: "ABTA strongly welcomes the Call for Evidence announced today by the Government, in particular the commitment to urgently address the loophole in the law which is allowing companies to unduly profit from false holiday sickness claims.



Hurtigruten Announces Restructuring of Its UK Sales Team

Hurtigruten, the adventure travel brand, has today revealed a restructure of its UK sales team in a bid to increase awareness of Hurtigruten among Trade and consumers in the UK.

The team will be tasked with; increasing direct national sales across all products particularly explorer, encouraging growth amongst key partners, arranging trade and consumer events and running training sessions to educate on the Hurtigruten proposition.




County Donegal Agency Wins £20,000 RCI Store Makeover

Atlantic Travel Worldchoice, based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, has won the £20,000 (approx. 22,000 Euro) store makeover with their Harmony of the Seas Ultimate Abyss entrance design, in the Royal Caribbean International competition run in partnership with TTG.

Atlantic Travel Worldchoice was the only Irish travel agent to reach the final round of the competition, with the four other shortlisted agents located across the UK.



Wendy Wu Business up Almost 40 Per Cent, Local Agents Told

Wendy Wu Tours held a successful night for local travel agents in Belfast's Europa Hotel.

John Warr, Global Sales Director of Wendy Wu, and John Booty, Ireland Manager, updated Northern Ireland agents on the company's new brochures for 2018/2019 and thanked the agents for their continuing support which has seen Wendy Wu's business grow by 38 per cent on last year.



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