Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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NYC Restaurant Week Gets Underway - for a Month!

NYC & Company, the New York City's official destination marketing organisation, has announced the launch of the 25th anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week, running from yesterday right through to August 18.

New Yorkers and visitors are encouraged to enjoy three-course prix-fixe lunches for $29 and dinners for $42 (excluding beverages, gratuities and taxes) at 391 participating restaurants, featuring 34 diverse cuisines in 42 neighbourhoods across all five boroughs.



First Norwegian Passengers Arrive in Belfast

The first incoming flights of Norwegian's two new services to the US arrived this morning at Belfast International Airport.

The first aircraft was from Providence, Rhode Island/Boston followed an hour later by the service from Stewart International, New York.



Doreen Leaves ABTA's Board of Directors

Northern Ireland has lost its influential voice on ABTA, The Travel Organisation's Board of Directors after 17 years.

Belfast's Doreen McKenzie, former owner of Knock Travel, has stepped down from the Board of Directors following ABTA's Annual General Meeting at the end of June.



'Absolutely Fabulous' - Verdict on Philly Trip

'Absolutely Fabulous' - that was the verdict of a representative group from the Northern Ireland Travel Trade who returned yesterday from a four-day trip to Philadelphia.

The visit was hosted by Brenda Morgan, British Airways, Mark White, representing the Philadelphia Tourist Board and Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurance.



Value of Sterling at Near Five-Week High

Sterling hit a new five-week high against the US dollar on Friday and was almost holding its value today at the rate of $1.2921 as markets remained upbeat about the potential for a near-term rate hike by the Bank of England.

Comments by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney last week boosted markets with investors' frenzied speculation of an imminent rate hike from the bank helping to strengthen the pound.



ABTA Re-Launches Make Holidays Greener Campaign

Make Holidays Greener, the annual campaign led by ABTA in partnership with Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations is returning for the summer.

Launching at the weekend, the campaign will run throughout the summer until the end of August.



Second Reading for New Bill on Consumer Protection

A Bill to give holidaymakers more protection if a travel company goes out of business was debated in the House of Commons yesterday when it got its second reading.

The Government is promising that from next year, holidaymakers who book trips online will get new protection so they are not left stranded abroad or lose money.



Free Med Cruise for Agents Incentive

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which describes itself as the "most inclusive, luxury cruise line" has launched 'Sell 2 & Sail Free', a great new booking incentive where UK travel agents could find themselves enjoying a Mediterranean cruise on board the ultra-luxurious and newly refurbished Seven Seas Voyager.

Agents booking any two Seven Seas Voyager Mediterranean cruises which sail from June 28 to September 28, 2017 will receive a free luxury suite.



Rosie Wins Spa Break With Etihad Bookings

Rosie Maguire of Carefree Travel, Enniskillen was the winner of a competition run by Etihad Airways as a travel agent incentive.

In the picture right, Rosie, (centre of picture) is shown with Liza Hammond of Etihad and Robert Wilson of Travel Solutions.



Summer Break for Trade E-Shot

The weekly Tuesday Trade e-shot is taking a two-week summer break. The next Trade e-shot will be on July 25.

The latest (July/August) edition of Northern Ireland Travel News is out today and will be with all travel agencies and outlets in the next few days.



Four Out of Five Agents Use Travel News Website

More than four out of every five travel agents - 82 per cent - in Northern Ireland use the Northern Ireland Travel News website -

And 70 per cent of those surveyed at the recent two-day Big Travel Trade Event regularly read the online digital version of the paper!



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BTTE 2017

Watch the 2017 BIG Travel Trade Event Highlights Video Online Now!



Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards Launch 2017 - in partnership with Blue Insurance


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