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Plans to Introduce Hotel Bed Tax Opposed

A plan to introduce a bed tax in London hotels after Brexit is to be strongly opposed by tourism body UKinbound.

The organisation says it will fight proposals backed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to tax tourists staying in the capital's hotels.



ATTS Appointed General Sales Agent for Finnair

Finnair has awarded a GSA contract to Dublin based ATTS Travel Representation Solutions Ltd. as the airline continues to reinforce its presence in the Irish market.

Following the launch of the Dublin to Helsinki route in March 2015 capacity has increased in line with demand and the appointment of ATTS will strengthen Finnair's commitment to the market and close working relationship with the travel trade in Ireland.



New Event for Engagements with Cruise Industry

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is holding the CLIA Executive Partner Conference on Monday, February 6 and 7 in London.

This new event combines CLIA's highly-rated Port & Destination and Technical & Regulatory Forums into a two-day conference taking place at London's historic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.



UK Travellers Not Affected by US Ban

The UK Government has confirmed that Britons with dual citizenship from any of the seven countries in Donald Trump's travel ban are free to travel to the US.

This was stated by the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in the House of Commons following confusion over the situation, saying he had 'secured a special deal' for UK travellers.



Many Travellers Lose Out to Holiday Scams

A new survey has revealed that UK travellers are being scammed by many thousands of pounds while on holiday.

Only one in 10 British tourists abroad are aware of over-friendly ATM helpers, and just 15 per cent are aware of fake police officers.



Twenty Five Years and Still Going Strong!

There's no business like show business for Edmund Hourican and Maureen Ledwith, the dynamic couple behind the Belfast Telegraph Holiday World show which last weekend celebrated twenty five years as Northern Ireland's favourite annual celebration of travel.

The show, staged in the Titanic Exhibition Centre, was at its sparkling and exuberant best for its silver anniversary, with attendance up by 10 per cent and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing destinations, venues and travel services at home and abroad.



Norwegian Set to Take Off From Belfast

Belfast International Airport will have a replacement service New York service in the next few months - if things go according to plan.

Low cost airline Norwegian, which recently acquired an operating licence for services from Shannon and Cork to the US, will begin flying a new route from BIAL to the Big Apple. A service to Boston is also planned.



More Details of December Flight to New York and Jet2CityBreaks have released more information about the launch of the company's first ever flight to New York from Belfast International Airport on Thursday, December 14 this year.

The announcement comes as good news for Northern Ireland holidaymakers following the cancellation earlier this month of the only direct service to New York.



Big Turnout of Agents for Spanish TB Dinner

Almost 50 local travel agents were entertained to dinner by the Spanish Tourist Board in the Titanic Centre on the eve of the 25th Anniversary Holiday World.

At lunchtime the local Travel Press were hosted to a lunch by the STB led by Agustin Garcia from the STB's London office.



Turkish Goes Back to 14 Flights Weekly

Turkey has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, but Turkish Airlines which operates a daily service from Dublin to Istanbul and onward to more than 200 worldwide destinations has good news to reveal.

The airline is returning to its full 14 flights a week Dublin-Istanbul service in March. The service was reduced to 10 a week a few months ago.



Tunisia Still Flying the Flag Despite Travel Ban

Many visitors to Belfast Holiday World at the weekend will have been surprised to see the Tunisian Tourist Board stand in the exhibition area.

Tunisia is still out of bounds to UK travellers because of the Foreign Office directive which has been in force since the terrorist attack on tourists on the beach at Souse in 2015. And all the leading tour operators to the country have not been operating flights from the UK since.



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