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Nine New French Destinations Via Southampton

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has launched a new weekend leisure hub operating via Southampton Airport that, as part of its 2017 Summer schedule, makes it possible for Northern Ireland passengers to travel to nine French destinations.

The seasonal flights operate at weekends between May 27 and September 3, 2017 and are available to book now on the Flybe website.



Best Use of ABTA Branding Award Launched

ABTA is launching its 'Best use of ABTA branding' award for 2017.

The award is open to any travel agent ABTA Member and the winner will be announced at the Travel Brit Awards in July.



Big Event Bigger and Better Than Ever

Planning is well underway for this year's BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT.

More than 100 top travel companies are taking part both in the two day exhibition on June 13 and 14 at the Hilton Templepatrick which runs in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Travel News Golf Classic.



Tourism Body Welcomes New City of Derry Flight

Tourism Ireland has warmly welcomed the announcement by BMI Regional of its new flight from London Stansted to City of Derry Airport.

The flight, which commences on May 2, will help boost tourism from the all-important GB market, offering more choice to prospective visitors travelling from London.



Celebrity Take Ship Design to the Edge

Today Celebrity Cruises delivers a first look at the transformational Celebrity Edge, whose dramatically expanded staterooms, ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform and stunning suites set a new standard for ship design.

Designed completely in 3D, and featuring the work of A-list global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge aims to make discerning global travellers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a cruise holiday can be.



Winners of Italian Specialists Fam Trip Competition

Topflight have announced their first winners in the competition for places on their luxury Italian VIP trip.

In Week One the winning travel agencies are Oasis Travel, Holywood and Barter Travel, Patrick Street, Cork.



February Winner of Blue Insurance Polo Draw

Blue Insurance has announced that the winner of the February Polo draw is Kristen Skinner from American Holidays' Dublin office.

The 'Polo Magnifico' draw, in association with Ireland's Largest Volkswagen Dealership, Frank Keane Volkswagen, started in April and runs until March 2017.



New Head of Marketing for Luxury Cruise Line

Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea, has today announced the appointment of Erin Johnson as Head of Marketing, UK and Ireland.

Erin Johnson joins Silversea from Carnival Cruise Lines UK and Ireland, where she oversaw a number of successful marketing initiatives and a multi-million-pound advertising campaign.



New Cutting Edge US Terminal to Welcome World's Largest Ship

Royal Caribbean recently broke ground on the dramatic new PortMiami Terminal A, which will herald the arrival of what will be the world's largest cruise ship and the global cruise line's newest addition, Symphony of the Seas.

She and Oasis-class sister ship Allure of the Seas, each with a bold and unexpected line-up of thrilling experiences that have revolutionised the cruise industry, will unite in November 2018 to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean from the Magic City and add Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis to other marquee Oasis-class ports of call.



National Account Manager for Airline Fares Supplier

Faremine has announced the appointment of Chris Oakes as National Account Manager.

Chris joins the company during a sustained period of growth for Faremine, to strengthen the company's travel agent and tour operator partnerships.



Belfast Gatwick the Busiest UK Air Route

Belfast International Airport's Gatwick service is now officially the UK's busiest domestic air route, according to new figures released by the CAA.

The Belfast-Gatwick service operated by easyJet and Ryanair overtook the Edinburgh-Heathrow link to become the country's largest domestic route.



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