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Sale of Alcohol Could be Restricted - CAA

A surge in air-rage incidents in the past few days and weeks could force the sale of alcohol on flights to be restricted, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned.

The aviation regulator's Chief Executive, Andrew Haines said that the abuse of alcohol by a minority of disruptive passengers could lead to tighter limits for all air travellers.



Another Successful Thai Roadshow in Belfast

Around 50 local travel agents turned out for the popular Friends of Thailand Club Roadshow in Belfast's Ten Square last week.

Thai Tourism's Chris Lee was pleased with the response to the event which was supported by some of Thailand's top travel industry experts. As well as talking to the ground handlers and Thai experts agents also had the chance to experience a traditional Thai Massage.



Mystery Day Away Offer for Topflight Agents

Topflight are inviting travel agents to a mystery End of Season Away Day on Wednesday, April 6.

The event is to celebrate the end of what the company calls "another great winter season" and to thank them for their continued support.



Agents Learn to Grow Business with Carnival

Carnival Cruise Line held a travel agent networking event in Belfast's Malmaison Hotel last week.

Addressing the agents was Luke Smith, Partnership Manager UK and Ireland for the cruise line. He talked to agents about growing their business with the largest cruise company in the world based on the number of passengers carried.



New Irish Sales Manager for Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines has appointed Tony Flynn as their new Sales Manager for Ireland.

Tony, who has been many years in the travel industry in the Republic, said: "I'm delighted to join Ethiopian, and looking forward to meeting my many contacts in the Trade.



'Must Do' US Attractions Under One Roof

HAT Tourism Marketing based in Surrey and a member of the Visit USA Association has now built up a lengthy list of companies it represents in the UK and Irish markets, bringing together all the 'Must Do' North American Attractions under one roof.

According to Margaret Henriksson, PR Director of HAT Tourism Marketing, the news for 2016 is the introduction of the +PLUS element to the existing Kids Eat Free Card. "The +PLUS offers additional added value offers with some of our attraction partners. The card has been going for nearly 10 years really is great added value and something agents could be earning commission on," said Margaret.



Serious Disruption on Heathrow Express to London

Belfast to Heathrow travellers are being warned over serious difficulties with the Heathrow Express. Most of the trains have been taken out of service as a safety precaution after routine maintenance identified a technical issue.

The train operator said that the majority of its trains had been recalled and would be thoroughly inspected by a specialist team. However, it said it would continue the non-stop service leaving every 15 minutes between Paddington and Heathrow for the next 48 hours, served by class 360 units usually seen on the Heathrow Connect service. The number of tickets available on the Heathrow Express will be reduced and Heathrow Connect will be suspended during this period.



Last Chance to Get Place on Harmony

Many hundreds of travel agents have entered a competition to win a place at the launch of Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas.

Royal are running its #GetmeonHarmony competition and today is the last day for entries.



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.



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.



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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