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Agents Treated to Comedy Evening

WTC and Travelport recently hosted a group of competition winning agents in a private suite at the SSE Arena for an evening with Billy Connolly.

Brendan Mallon of WTC, said: "Everyone had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the 'Big Yin' who was on great form. Hopefully they won't be repeating too many of his stories to their customers!"



Fall Head Over Heels with Stena Line

Stena Line is spreading the love this February by giving everyone who books a flexi and premium motorist fare up to 15 per cent off their travel when booked by February 28.

The great value offer is sure to leave customers feeling loved up for ferry travel as it's valid for travel up to December 31 2017 on the Belfast to Cairnryan and Belfast to Liverpool routes.



Holidaymakers Happy for Airlines to Weigh Passengers

After Hawaiian Airlines won the right to weigh its passengers at check in, research has revealed that 61 per cent of British holidaymakers would also welcome these measures.

According to a poll of over 3,500 British holidaymakers, conducted by travel extras specialist, a quarter of people were behind the plans for safety reasons and 15 per cent thought that heavier passengers should be charged extra at check in - a view that is held by almost twice as many men than women.



International's January Passengers up by a Third

Belfast International Airport says passenger figures for the first month of 2017 increased by 34 per cent over the same month last year.

The total number of passengers through the Terminal in January was 380,000, up by 95,000 on the corresponding figure for 2016.



Government Crackdown on Fraudulent Holiday Sickness Claims

The Government is set to act against firms who break the rules and encourage travellers and holidaymakers to make fraudulent sickness claims when abroad.

The Ministry of Justice's Claims Management Services Regulator is to examine the relationship between firms that encourage tourists to lie about holiday sickness and solicitors who take the cases on.



Win Tickets to RCI's Club Royal Awards Ceremony

Club Royal, Royal Caribbean's industry leading loyalty programme, has announced its first ever 'Trade Partner & Club Royal Awards Ceremony', to recognise the incredible work that agent partners are doing to raise the profile of cruise amongst holidaymakers in the UK & Ireland.

Taking place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at iconic London venue, The Gherkin, the event is set to be Club Royal's biggest and best of 2017.



No Business Like Snow Business for Stena

The latest research from ABTA shows that 29 per cent of people are planning to take a winter holiday this year and with bookings up 16 per cent on last year, it's no wonder that leading ferry company Stena Line has high hopes for its brand new day trip to Snow Factor at intu Braehead which is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope.

Ski enthusiasts can get some practice in ahead of their break on the slopes or simply enjoy a fun day out with friends or family from only £50 per person.



Ryanair Blames Sterling and Brexit for Fall in Profits

In Ryanair's results for the third quarter, released today, the airline has reported an eight per cent fall in profits from from 103 million Euro to 95 million Euro for the same period last year.

Meanwhile average fares fell by 17 per cent, while traffic grew 16 per cent to 29 million customers.



Six in a Row for Blue at Irish Industry Awards

Blue Insurance, Ireland's leading online insurance provider, won the award for Best Travel Insurance Provider at the recent 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards.

Blue Insurance, who experienced significant growth in their business in both Ireland and UK during 2016, have now won this prestigious award six years in a row.



Big Increase in Dublin's January Passengers

January passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by nine per cent to almost 1.9 million.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by seven per cent with almost 873,000 passengers travelling to European destinations.



Everybody Goes Free Irish Sea Offer

The drive to win passenger traffic between here and Britain has moved up a gear with the announcement by Irish Ferries of what it terms an 'Everybody Free' motorist offer that sees charges being made only for the car involved, with all accompanying passengers, including driver, travelling absolutely free-of-charge, up to a limit of six persons.

Said by their Head of Passenger Sales, Dermot Merrigan to be 'one of the most compelling offers Irish Ferries has ever made', the arrangement kicks-in with immediate effect and will be applicable on all bookings made until February 21, for travel until  May 26  inclusive, on cruise and fast ferry sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and also Rosslare to Pembroke.



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