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Final Countdown For The Biggest Big Event Yet!

The final countdown to THE BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT 2017 is on... In just seven days time the two-day Trade spectacular will open at The Hilton, Templepatrick, with more travel companies taking part, more top travel prizes to be won, more networking opportunities and more attractions for members of the local Travel Trade.

So if you haven't already registered, then do so now... before it's too late. You can register online HERE.



Cruise Line's Belfast Departures Get the Axe

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the pioneers of cruising programmes direct from Belfast in recent years, has decided to withdraw its Belfast departures, with effect from the 2018/19 cruise season.

The company has been offering departures from Belfast since 2013 and blames the decision on insufficient numbers of local cruisers wishing to take the home port option.



Sky's the Limit for New Icelandair Service

The sky could literally be the limit for the new three times weekly Belfast-Reykjavik service which began last Thursday.

Half of the passengers on board the first incoming flight from the Icelandic capital were North Americans, a figure which bodes well for Icelandair's strategy in selling the route, not just as a point to point service, but as a gateway to 18 destinations in the US and Canada.



Fascinating Facts to Mark BA's Fifth Belfast Anniversary

British Airways, celebrating its fifth anniversary from Belfast City Airport at the beginning of next month, carries more than 40 million customers a year and has almost three million BA Facebook Followers.

The UK's flag carrier has a further one million followers on Twitter.



Cruise Line Launches New Live Training From 'At-Sea'

This summer Celebrity Cruises will host Spotlight training sessions dedicated to supporting cruise agents in driving on-board sales.

Guests sailing with Celebrity Cruises who rebook their next cruise while on-board will automatically have their reservation credited to their preferred travel partner, enabling agents to receive commission on each of these bookings.



Agents Get Chance to Win an Amazon Echo

This month Silversea is giving agents from across the UK the chance to win an incredible Amazon Echo as part of the Silversea Advocates recognition programme.

The Amazon Echo is a hands free speaker controlled by voice commands connecting to the Alexa Voice Service which can play music, provide information, news, sports scores, and weather updates.



Big Expansion Plans by If Only...

Today If Only…, the 100 per cent Travel Trade focussed tour operator, has announced what it says is the most significant development in its 16 years of operation, planning a three-fold increase in sales in the next three years.

It states: "In order to increase sales and market share and to dramatically develop new business, the tour operator is expanding its programme into a number of new long haul destinations.



Dublin Show-Stopper by Leading Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean took that holiday feeling to a whole new level - quite literally - by revealing a show-stopping levitation stunt on South King Street in Dublin's City Centre the other day.

The unique and pioneering performance, revealed by TV Personality, David Meade (who will be at the British Airways' Speed Networkers lunch at the Big Travel Trade Event) was developed to coincide with the launch of Royal Caribbean's 2018 brochure - Worldwide Cruise Holidays 2018/2019.



Win Tickets to 'Nashville in Concert'!

American Holidays are celebrating 25 years in Belfast, and to celebrate, they have teamed up with Northern Ireland Travel News to offer four lucky Travel Agents the chance to win tickets to 'Nashville in Concert'.

The lucky agents will be treated to a VIP night at the SSE Arena on June 20, including meeting the cast!



Subsidise Ferry Travel - Tax Aviation, Says Green

Green Party Leader Steven Agnew made a few ears in the travel industry prick up when interviewed on The Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster this morning.

The local political parties generally have little to say about travel in the run-up to an Election but Steven put the cat among the pigeons by revealing that one of his proposals is to subsidise ferry travel from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.



Countdown to This Year's BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT!

With THE BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT just two weeks away, agents are being urged to make sure they have registered to attend!

More than 100 Top Travel companies are taking part both in the two day BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT on June 13 and 14 at the Hilton Templepatrick and the Northern Ireland Travel News Golf Classic.



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