Tuesday June 10, 2014
|'Biggest' Big Travel Trade Event Opens at Templepatrick|
The biggest and most representative Travel Trade Exhibition ever held in the Province kicks off this afternoon at The Hilton, Templepatrick.
The two-day Big Travel Trade Event organised by Northern Ireland Travel News, runs throughout today and tomorrow, with the Northern Ireland Travel Golf Classic being organised in conjunction with the Exhibition tomorrow.
"If you haven't pre-registered it's not a problem," said Big Event co-ordinator Paula Breen. "Just come along today or tomorrow to the Hilton. You will have a unique opportunity to meet a wide range of suppliers." Countries represented include Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, Turkey and South Africa to name but a few.
More than 80 companies will be represented over the two days of The Big Travel Trade Event, with hotels, luxury resorts, tourist boards and airlines all out in force. There are no fewer than 12 cruise companies alone, represented.
Key sponsors of this year's Big Travel Event is award-winning Turkish Airlines, one of the world's fastest growing airlines.
Travel agents who attend will be able to win fantastic range of travel prizes including worldwide tickets from Virgin Atlantic and Emirates.
|Two Tickets to Perth for Golf Winner|
The winner of the Travel Golf Classic tomorrow (Wednesday, June 11) will be presented with two tickets to Perth courtesy of Etihad Airways from Dublin via their Abu Dhabi hub.
The Golf Classic will be held on the second day of the Big Travel Trade Event at The Hilton, Templepatrick and the golf prizes will be handed over at the gala dinner in the evening.
Meanwhile there has been a slight change in the ABTA programme on Day 2 of the Big Travel Trade Event. The 11.30 to 12.00 noon session 'Package Travel and ATOL Policy updates' will invite agents to come along and understand what their obligations are on ATOL and the Friday the 13th Regulations on customer information and premium rate phone lines.
|Orlando Targets Visitors Without Children|
Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the US, is increasing its investment in driving visitation within the young adult travel audience, specifically focusing on engaging with travellers without children. The destination plans to launch a five-week digital marketing campaign in the UK on Monday, May 26.
"Fifty-seven per cent of our UK visitors travel to Orlando without kids, and without the constraints of school schedules, these travellers can benefit from great rates during off-peak time periods," said Danielle Courtenay, Chief Marketing Officer for Visit Orlando. "The new campaign targets this more flexible segment of travellers and aims to enhance the efforts of our travel trade partners to further drive off-peak bookings to Orlando."
The exclusively digital campaign will use media platforms such as AOL, Channel 4 On Demand and Secret Escapes to reach those who travel without children, as research has demonstrated that these platforms resonate very strongly with this market. Campaign partners include: British Airways, Cosmos Holidays, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Virgin Holidays.
To ensure the travel trade has all the essential tools needed to help sell the destination to its fullest; Visit Orlando has also enhanced its online training program, the Orlando Travel Academy.
|Agents on Fam Trip to Canada|
Eight travel agents from the Republic and Northern Ireland travelled to Toronto courtesy of Air Canada Rouge on the direct service from Dublin recently.
The Trade Fam Trip was hosted by Jens Bachmann of Air Canada/Premair and Peter Friedrich of TravelCube. They explored Toronto's helicopter and jet boat tours, wine-tasting, shopping opportunities and visited Niagara Falls.
Included on the Fam trip were Kieran O'Doherty of Premier Travel, Stephen Aston of Clubworld Travel, in the foreground of the picture right, and Rory Campbell of Trailfinders.
|Belfast City to Doncaster/Sheffield on GDS|
Passengers booking to fly between Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Belfast City on the new LinksAir route can now book through their travel agents and online agents including comparison sites.
UK Regional Airline, LinksAir, has signed up to a GDS system which opens up their booking system to allow travel agents to book directly for passengers.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, said: "This is great news for passengers as booking has been made easier thanks to LinksAir's move to appear on travel agent and online systems.
"Prior to this people could only book through the LinksAir site or through the customer services team but now there are more booking opportunities available to them."
|Cruise Line's new Travel Agent Web Portal|
Norwegian Cruise Line has launched a new travel agent portal called Norwegian Central. The portal offers centralised access to a new booking engine, and a research and promotional tools section containing itineraries, deck plans and ship information.
Agents can also browse a 'cruise enhancements' section with updated news about Norwegian's dining facilities, onboard activities and hotel and ground transportation programmes. There is also a 'Connect with Us' link to contact a regional business development manager or headquarters-based specialist.
Agents can also view a timetable of upcoming webinars, or past presentations and access NCL University training modules with an existing agent log-in.
"We want our partners to know that we are listening, and making meaningful changes to help serve them better," said Andy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Global sales and Passenger Services, whose regular blog is featured on the new portal.
|Curfew Restrictions Eased in Thailand|
Security restrictions are easing in Thailand with the military lifting its night-time curfew in seven more islands and coastal areas, including Hua Hin, Cha-am and Krabi.
The country had already lifted the curfew in the most popular resorts of Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui earlier this month.
The capital Bangkok and the popular northern trekking destination of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand remain under curfew as a result of the political protests since the military coup on May 22.
|Travel Agents Party With Holiday Operator|
There was a good turnout of travel agents at the Jet2holidays On Tour party in 21 Social, Belfast last Thursday.
With a buffet, complimentary drinks, club DJ, party games and prizes the night was a big success.
In the picture right are Aaron Fletcher, Oasis Travel, Deborah Harris, Belfast International Airport and Colin Laffin, Laffin Travel. You can view more pictures from the event on our website.