Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Taxpayers Alliance Call to Scrap APD

UK families are paying as much as £261 in holiday taxes alone when heading abroad, according to new research.

The survey, by Taxpayers Alliance has found that the average Briton heading abroad now pays £68.71 in taxes, and a family of four heading to Florida could pay as much as four times this amount.



Airlines Close to Record Seat Occupancy Numbers

Airlines have witnessed the biggest growth in passenger traffic since 2005, according to new figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The figures also show that airlines are flying with close to a record number of filled seats.



Seven Seas Cruises for 2019-20 Go on Sale

The most inclusive luxury experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has unveiled its new 2019-20 voyages season, comprising 118 new sailings, departing from March 2019 to June 2020 aboard four of the world's most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager, and Seven Seas Navigator.

Travellers can choose among new, enriching and immersive itineraries that range from seven to 131 nights in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada and New England, Bermuda and the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Australia and the South Pacific.



Warmer Cruising Campaign Cuts a Cool 40 per cent

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is also launching its new 'Warmer Cruising' campaign tomorrow August 16, August 2017, offering guests up to 40 per cent off a selection of 32 tempting cruises between October 2017 and March 2018, on bookings made up to October 18, 2017 inclusive.

Durations vary from 46 nights to shorter breaks of three and five nights - the perfect 'taster' cruise for those taking a holiday at sea for the very first time.



Travel Trade Fun Day Aiming to Raise Record Amount

Last year's Irish Travel Industry Family Fun Day raised the fantastic amount of 60,000 Euro for charity.

This year the aim of the organisers is to go even higher and aim to reach 70,000 Euro.



Travel Trade Strictly Needs You!

The Northern Ireland Travel Trade are having their first ever 'Travel Trade Strictly' this year and it is all in the name of charity!

This is a casting call to ANYONE within the trade who wishes to take part. You can enter as a couple (partner must be within the Trade) or just let one of the organising committee know and they will pair you up with another participant.



Expanding Facilities Brings Up to 70 BIAL Jobs

SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is embarking on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport which will lead to up to 70 new full and part-time jobs.

Most of the work will be at existing airside outlets. The popular Lagan Bar has already been extended at the front and rear, creating seating for an additional 100 customers. In addition, the Starbucks coffee shop will undergo a complete refurbishment.



City Airport Shortlisted for Global Marketing Award

George Best Belfast City Airport has been nominated for one of the most prestigious global marketing awards in aviation for a second successive year.

The airport has been shortlisted for the "Under Four Million Passenger" category of the World Routes Marketing Awards.



Get There Early Warning to Beat Disruption

Leading airlines are continuing to advise travellers holding UK or Irish passports to get to their departure airport for their return flight home in plenty of time, especially at weekends, to cope with the present enhanced security checks on non-Schengen area travellers.

Indeed, some airlines like Ryanair, frustrated by the situation and months of industrial disruption throughout Europe, have now asked travellers to turn up three hours before their flight departure time.



Acquisition of Premair grows AVIAREPS' global footprint

AVIAREPS has expanded its international market presence with the creation of AVIAREPS Ireland Limited; an entity created with the acquisition of Ireland's Premair.

The new entity creates a permanent AVIAREPS presence within Ireland to provide specialised marketing, public relations and sales (GSA) representation, tailored for the world's aviation, tourism and hospitality brands seeking to expand their market share and presence within both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.



Fare Offers on Holyhead and Pembroke Routes

Motorists seeking Summer savings on fares to Britain will be buoyed by the recent price promotion from Irish Ferries that sees 20 per cent reductions on Irish Sea sailings from August 7 to December 15 next.

Valid on new reservations made before August 15, the offer applies to all fast ferry and cruise ferry sailings on the Company's Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke routes, excluding the 11:50 and 14:30 Swift sailings in July and August.



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