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APD Move 'Step in Right Direction'

Belfast International Airport has said the decision between the Conservative Party and the DUP to review Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a 'step in the right direction'.

And the part of the deal which will look at the impact of VAT on NI tourism has also been welcomed by the local tourism industry.



Fly to Vilnius, Arrive in Kaunas!

Wizz Air customers aiming to fly to Lithuania's capital Vilnius from Belfast during the main summer months are in for a shock - that is if they haven't had one already!

The flight from Belfast International will not be landing at Vilnius, capital of the central European city with the largest Old Town, protected by UNESCO, but at its former capital and second city Kaunas, 60 miles away!



ABTA Steps Up Campaign Against Sickness Fraud

As part of its 'Stop Sickness Scams' campaign, ABTA has launched a tool for travel industry businesses and members of the public to email their local MP, urging MPs to support the campaign and to take action against the growing problem of fraudulent sickness claims.

By visiting, people will be able to easily and quickly raise this issue with their MP.



More Than 600 Take Part in Runway Run

The hugely-popular Grant Thornton Runway Run attracted a record number of runners last Thursday night as 600 local businessmen and women took part in the 5k run on the tarmac of George Best Belfast City Airport.

Teams of four from organisations across a wide range of sectors came together for the third year of the leading business advisory firm's event.



Chance to Win a Balkan VIP Spa Day

Travel agents have the chance to win a VIP Spa Day courtesy of Balkan Holidays and Belfast International Airport.

Agents can win one of eight places at Galgorm Spa on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.



Norwegian Airlines Celebrates with Agents

Local travel agents know how to party - there's no secret about that - and they did so in style at Norwegian Airlines' Trade night in Belfast's AM-PM recently.

Up to 80 local agents attended the event organised by the Northern Ireland Travel News Events Team and run in conjunction with Belfast International Airport.



Right Agreement With Car Rental Brand

Travelport has today announced a new agreement with Right Cars, one of the fastest-growing car rental brands in the industry.

Based in Brighton, UK, the company operates in 23 countries, providing car rental services in more than 140 locations including airport terminals.



Viva Mexico - and Thomas Cook!

Sombreros were the dress code for the day at Belfast International Airport to mark Thomas Cook's 2017 inaugural flight to Cancun, Mexico.

Pilot, co-Pilot and Cabin Crew got in to the spirit of the occasion much to the delight of Airport staff and Mexico-bound passengers.



Magnificent Seven for the Big Travel Trade Event

Perhaps the greatest tribute to Northern Ireland's top Travel Trade exhibition is that the seventh annual Big Travel Trade Event at the Hilton, Templepatrick last week turned out to be just what everyone expected - absolutely superb.

Much was certainly expected of the 2017 event - and boy was it delivered!



Typical Sparkling Golf Classic Weather is a Winner

It was traditional Northern Ireland Travel News Golf Classic weather last Wednesday, dry throughout the day with the sun splitting the trees as the golfers put their feet up at the end of a sparkling day's sport.

It was hard to believe it was the 19th year of the competition in which the weather gods have smiled down year after year after year.



Charity Ballot Raises £1,400 for Aundrea's Army

The charity ballot at this year's Big Travel Trade Event raised just over £1400 for Aundrea's Army, the group of fundraisers which has been doing sterling work in the last few months for Thomas Cook Cluster Manager Aundrea Bannatyne.

The superb top prize in the Ballot was two return tickets to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways.



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