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Highest Proportion of UK Population in Six Years Holidaying Overseas

Brexit - what Brexit? The highest number of average overseas holidays taken per person since 2011 and the largest proportion of the UK population taking a holiday since 2011, are just two of new stand-out figures released by ABTA despite the uncertainty of the Brexit effect on travel.

ABTA's new research reveals that the average number of holidays taken per person per year has grown to 3.8, an increase of 0.4 on last year.

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AIR COACH


Jet2holidays Overtakes Thomas Cook to Become Second Largest UK Tour Operator

Latest ATOL data published by the Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that Jet2holidays is now officially the second biggest tour operator in the UK and has overtaken Thomas Cook for second spot.

The Leeds-based operator is now licenced by the CAA to carry 2.94 million passengers, an increase of more than 660,000 passengers on the previous 12 months.

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P AND O


Royal Caribbean Attracting Much Younger Generation of Cruisers

Leading cruise line Royal Caribbean has revealed new research demonstrating its impact on cruise industry growth by attracting a younger generation of new-to-cruise families.

While the average age of UK and Ireland passengers taking cruise holidays has dropped to 55 years old - the lowest in six years - the average adult age of a Royal Caribbean new-to-cruise family guest is just 42 - more than 13 years younger than the industry average.

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AER LINGUS


Local Tour Operator and Top Cruise Line Live from Med

Northern Ireland's leading tour operator, Travel Solutions, and MSC Cruises have teamed up with local radio station Q Radio to broadcast live from the Med next week.

Travel Solutions Cruise Manager, Aaron Fletcher, explains: "As part of our on-going partnership with MSC Cruises, we are pleased that Q Radio's popular Big Drive Home will broadcast live from MSC Musica.

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STENA


Radisson Blu Belfast One of UK's Best Business Hotels

The Radisson Blu Belfast, located at the Gasworks, has been recognised as one of the UK's top 15 Best Business Hotels by readers of the iconic Conde Nast traveller magazine.

The hotel ranked twelfth on the list, in among landmark hotels such as London's Mandarin Oriental and the world-famous Claridges.

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AIR CANADA

Novel Free Fuel Offer for Irish Sea Ferry Travellers

P&O Ferries is offering customers in Northern Ireland £15 worth of fuel for free to help them explore Scotland, in what is believed to be the first offer of its kind on the Irish Sea.

Motorists who book before October 26 are eligible to take advantage of the free fuel and can travel on up to seven sailings a day from Larne to Cairnryan between now and the end of 2017.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES


Autumn Economy Worldwide Fare Offers from Dublin

Autumn is well and truly here, the nights are darker and the days colder but the good news is that Emirates has just announced its early autumn Economy Class fare specials, with great fare offers, such as Dubai from 469 Euro.

From cosmopolitan Dubai to beautiful Australia and more, customers from Ireland can experience a vast range of exciting destinations across the Emirates network, with access to sandy beaches, historic landmarks, sunny climes and tropical locations that are all worthy of ticking off the bucket list.

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BIA

Thomson Cruises to be Rebranded as Marella Later This Month

Thomson Cruises has today announced that later this month, the UK's third cruise line will be embarking on the biggest and most exciting evolution in the company's history as it is rebranded as Marella Cruises.

The move comes at the same time as Thomson change to TUI later this month.

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BIA VOTE


No Danger of Further Ryanair Roster-Related Cancellations

Ryanair has issued an update on its progress in dealing with customers affected by its recent raft of flight disruptions - and has claimed that customers can now book flights again "confident that there is no danger of further roster related flight cancellations."

Said Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer (CMO): "Ninety nine per cent of the customers affected by cancellations in September and October have now been re-accommodated, and the remaining one per cent (less than 4,000 customers) are urged to get in contact regarding their rebooking or refunding options.

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Name of Writing Legend Selected for New Irish Ferries Ship

Irish Ferries has chosen W B Yeats as the name for its new 144million Euro cruise ferry now being built in Germany for service on routes between Ireland, UK and France.

The name was chosen after it had drawn 'strong support' from the public in an online competition that attracted nearly 100,000 entries.

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Balkan Holds Prices Despite Drop in Value of Sterling

Balkan Holidays is featuring new resorts in Croatia and Montenegro, new hotel choices in Bulgaria, Croatia and Montenegro, plus a lead-in price of just £199 per person in its Summer 2018 main brochure featuring Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro, which goes on sale October 17.

The operator is also holding prices on 'hundreds' of summer holidays for summer 2018, despite the drop in the value of the pound.

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Ferry Fare Offer Extended Until End of October
 

Autumn has well and truly arrived and whilst the cool, crisp weather may make people want to stay indoors, Stena is encouraging everyone to book a short break or long weekend away in order to stave off the dreaded winter blues which are just around the corner.

The leading ferry company has extended its save up to 15 per cent offer for travel up to December 2018 when booked by October 31.

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Dublin Airport Sets New September Passenger Record 
 

More than 2.7 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last month, a six per cent increase on last year, making it the busiest September in the airport's 77-year history.

Passenger numbers to and from continental Europe increased by eight per cent with almost 1.5 million passengers travelling to European destinations during the month. Just over, 813,000 passengers travelled to UK destinations in September, which is a one per cent decrease over the same period last year.

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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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