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TOP DESTINATIONS AND TIPS FOR GAP YEARS

Hundreds of thousands of students have just opened their A-Level results this morning and many will be looking forward to starting their university lives in the autumn, but thousands of others will be taking a year out to travel overseas either to volunteer, gain work experience or simply have the adventure of a lifetime…

In 2016, over 92,000 students commenced their university courses aged 19 and many of those will have delayed going to university due to taking a gap year. This year, tens of thousands of school and college leavers are also expected to take a gap year trip before starting their courses in 2018.

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Chance to Win New York Tickets in Belfast Carpool Karaoke

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks brought a bite of the Big Apple to the streets of Belfast this week with their very own spin on the legendary Carpool Karaoke.

Passersby outside Victoria Square couldn't miss the iconic yellow cab and two of Northern Ireland's favourite personalities Pamela Ballantine and Julian Simmons who invited people to take part in Carpool Cab'oke and jump onboard to sing a famous American themed song for the chance to be the winner of a pair of return flights to New York.

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Still Time to Win BA Tickets - Just by Voting

Readers of Northern Ireland Travel News have just a fortnight left - until September 1 - to have a chance of winning a pair of British Airways' tickets to London Heathrow.

Five pairs of British Airways' tickets from Belfast City Airport to Heathrow are being offered as an incentive for members of the Travelling Public to vote for this year's Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards, run in association with Blue Insurance, to be held on the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa on October 20.

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Ignorance of Rules on Aircraft Cabin Restrictions

A surprising one in 10 UK travellers are being stopped at airport security because they don't know what they can take onboard an aircraft.

As airport security continues to get much stricter over what is allowed to be brought on a plane, the liquids under 100ml rule can be a difficult law to follow, especially when packing sun cream and toiletries for the whole family.

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Are You At Risk? Holidaymakers to be Better Protected!

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), changes to how we book travel - such as using online booking sites to build personalised holidays - has created a gap in consumer rights, with a shocking 50 per cent of holiday arrangements not currently financially protected if a company ceases trading.

Enhanced regulations, proposed by Consumer Minister Margot James, will better protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays booked online.

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Five New Cruises to Cuba to Meet Demand

Following strong response to its first-ever cruises to Cuba announced earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Line has added five more voyages featuring extended calls in Havana in 2018.

The new voyages include three five-day cruises to Havana and Cozumel or Key West departing on February 17, July 2 and September 5, 2018; a six-day sailing featuring Havana and Grand Cayman departing August 26; and an eight-day voyage with stops at Havana, Grand Cayman and Cozumel departing August 18, 2018.

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Tone Up in the Natural Outdoor Gyms of NI!

The eagerly anticipated Women's Rugby World Cup is about to land in Belfast and former Ireland international Grace Davitt insists there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits of training in Northern Ireland's 'natural gyms'.

Research has found that exercising in fresh air, rather than behind closed doors is better for your health in terms of improving well-being, self-esteem and Vitamin D levels which is vital to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

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Warmer Cruising Campaign Cuts a Cool 40 per cent

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launched its new 'Warmer Cruising' campaign yesterday, offering guests up to 40 per cent off a selection of 32 tempting cruises between October 2017 and March 2018, on bookings made up to October 18, 2017 inclusive.

Durations vary from 46 nights to shorter breaks of three and five nights - the perfect 'taster' cruise for those taking a holiday at sea for the very first time.

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Castle Ward Festival a Must for Thrones Fans

Local Game of Thrones fans can relive some of their favourite scenes at a new Winterfell Festival next month.

The one-day festival, run by the UK National Trust on September 24, will be held at 820-acre Castle Ward estate, near Strangford, the property which filled in for 'Winterfell' - the ancestral home of the Stark family for most of season one of the series.

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Thomas Cook Manager's Funeral on Monday

The local Travel Trade is expected to turn out in force for the funeral this coming Monday of local Thomas Cook Manager Aundrea Bannatyne who sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this week.

Thomas Cook Cluster Manager Aundrea was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, and since then support group Aundrea's Army and others have tirelessly fundraised over the past year to help pay her medical bills.

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Ryanair Files Complaint After Air Berlin Insolvency

Ryanair has lodged competition complaints in Germany and with the European Commission accusing the German Government, Lufthansa and Air Berlin of a 'manufactured insolvency' of Air Berlin.

In a statement, the low-cost airline claims there is an 'obvious conspiracy' being played out in Germany between the German Government, Lufthansa and Air Berlin to 'carve up Air Berlin's assets, while excluding major competitors and ignoring both EU competition and State Aid rules’.

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Belfast Harbour’s Cruise Terminal One Step Closer!

A new £15 million cruise ship terminal at Belfast Harbour is one step closer to being a reality as a planning application - submitted last year for a “multi-purpose facility for berthing of cruise ships” - is scheduled to be discussed by Belfast City Council next week…

A decision will then be made by the Department for Infrastructure.

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New BA Service to World Capital of Country Music

British Airways is to launch a new direct service route from London Heathrow to the world capital of Country Music in May next year.

The new service to Nashville, Tennessee, will be operated by a 787-8 Dreamliner from Terminal 5 at London Heathrow and will begin on May 4, 2018.

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Up to 70 New Jobs to Fill at BIAL

SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is embarking on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport which will lead to up to 70 new full and part-time jobs.

Most of the work will be at existing airside outlets. The popular Lagan Bar has already been extended at the front and rear, creating seating for an additional 100 customers.

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Following seven eventful years as front-line Editor of the Belfast News Letter, John Trew wisely opted for the quieter pleasures of travel journalism.  Now, after 23 years and 270,000 miles, he is living proof that travel not only broadens the mind but the buttocks.

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