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UK's Biggest Travel Names Sign Up to Oppose Brexit

Some of the biggest names in the travel industry have put their names to a letter calling for Britain to remain part of the European Union.

TUI's Peter Long, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary, easyJet Chief Executive Carolyn McCall and Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes, plus the heads of Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester Airports Group, have all signed the letter, published in The Times newspaper today.

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Cheaper Resorts Cushion Fall in Value of Sterling

Lower prices in resorts in many destinations will cushion the blow of sterling sliding to a 13-month low against the euro, and its biggest drop in seven years against the dollar - according to research by Post Office Travel Money.

The fall in the value of sterling is due to uncertainty over a possible British exit from the European Union.

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More Bookings Show UK Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence is growing again in the UK following the release of figures by the Office for National Statistics Statistical Bulletin, Overseas Travel and Tourism showing a 10 per cent increase in overseas visits by UK residents.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive commented: "The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics showing a 10 per cent rise in overseas visits from the UK in the last three months of 2015 are very positive and follow similar rises during the rest of last year.

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Paris Bids to Win Back Visitors

A campaign has been unveiled to lure tourists back to Paris after a sharp fall in revenue in the wake of November's terror attacks, with some hotels halving their prices from €100 to €50 a night in the Montmartre area in an effort to win back business.

The number of visitors to Paris showed a 22 per cent fall in December past compared with the same month in 2014.

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British Airways Top Brand for Third Year in a Row

British Airways has been ranked as the most loved brand in Britain for the third year running.

The airline beat the likes of Apple, John Lewis and Google in the annual "consumer superbrands" list by The Centre for Brand Analysis.

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Customer Feedback Puts Fred. Olsen Top

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which this year has no fewer than 11 cruises departing from Belfast, has been awarded the coveted 'Gold Trusted Merchant Accreditation' by independent review site Feefo, for the third year in a row.

To date, Fred. Olsen has received over 14,300 customer reviews, with 95 per cent of these being in the 'Good' or 'Excellent' categories‎.

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Quiz Theme of British Airways Charity Fund-Raiser

British Airways company charity Flying Start is running its annual fund-raising quiz night in Belfast this coming Friday (February 26).

Called 'Another Big Night Out', the event is hosted by Julian Simmons and runs from 6.30pm 'til late in the Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

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Travelport Signs Agreements with Iberia and BA

Travelport has announced new agreements with British Airways and Iberia that sees both airlines sign up for Travelport's industry leading airline merchandising solution, Travelport Rich Content and Branding.

The agreement continues Travelport's long standing relationship with both British Airways and Iberia and demonstrates the value the airlines see in Travelport's innovative merchandising and retailing technology.

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New, Improved Website Launched by Leading Car Rental Company

The UK's leading independent car rental broker Affordable Car Hire is further strengthening its offering to agents following the launch of its new and improved website.

The website is packed with additional elements and offers users an updated and visually appealing interactive display, along with many new features such as, search by: passenger number, transmission type, supplier and car group. Agents can also view excess and deposit requirements against each vehicle type, allowing for a much more transparent and simplistic search and booking process.

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Company Aims to 'Own" Irish Short Breaks Market

SuperBreak has set its sights on "owning the Irish short break market", with extensive product development in both Northern Ireland and the Republic (ROI).

For travel agents in Northern Ireland, the operator says it is focusing on three key channels - domestic breaks within Northern Ireland, from Northern Ireland to Great Britain and beyond and from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

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Lasers Still Ongoing Local Threat to Aircraft

Targeting aircraft with lasers at the two Belfast airports is nothing new - indeed according to Belfast International Airport a total of 39 such incidents were recorded last year.

However, the laser danger is very much back in the headlines following the case of a Virgin Atlantic aircraft from Heathrow en route to the US which had to turn back yesterday after a laser attack a short time into its transatlantic flight.

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