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Emirates Select and Pay with Travelport

Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform and Emirates has announced the ability to select and pay for seats in advance according to the Emirates Fare Brand chosen - available for the first time to book on Travelport's Travel Commerce Platform.

The launch of advanced paid seating options for certain economy fares on Travelport continues to promote Emirates' ongoing investment in inflight customer experience which includes numerous new and innovative products.



Two Day Schedule for Big Event Announced!

With the Big Event fast approaching the jam packed schedule has now been released!

The two-day Trade Spectacular will have more events than ever.



Costa Del Sol Resorts Drop Prices

In-resort prices for the Costa del Sol have dropped, meaning holiday spend for British holidaymakers choosing the Spanish region will stretch further this summer, according to Post Office Travel Money.

The Post Office's Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer compares local prices from 44 destinations for staple tourist items, including meals, drinks and toiletries.



Affordable Confirms Merger Talks

Affordable Car Hire has confirmed it is in talks with Auto Europe about a potential merger.

The car rental broker issued a statement about the deal as reports emerged that it is being sued by Avis Budget for $2.2 million over late payment.



Spend a Magical St Patrick's Day in NYC!

If you are tired of the same local parade you've watched every year, why not broaden your horizons and jet off to New York City?

Catch the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which kicks off at 44th Street, marching up the famous 5th Avenue, past St. Patrick's Cathedral and all the way through to the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street.



Blue Insurance's 'Polo Magnifico' January Winner!

Blue Insurance have announced Kathrice Gunning (pictured right) from Cassidy Travel as winner of their January draw.

The competition is giving one lucky travel agent or broker the chance to take home a brand new Volkswagen Polo.



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.



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