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Tuesday November 24, 2015

This Week's Travel News


Chancellor 'Burying Head in Sand' Over APD

The Chief Executive of British Airways parent group IAG has warned that Scottish devolution and the pledge of the Scottish government to cut APD by 50 per cent "will be hugely damaging" to the UK's regional airports.

Willie Walsh, speaking at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) conference in London, accused the Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne of burying "their heads in the sand" over Air Passenger Duty (APD). He declared: "The UK government and the Chancellor need to wake up to the damage APD is doing to the economy."

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Consort Conference a Great Success!

Members of the Consort Travel Group and some 31 suppliers gathered in the fabulous surroundings of the Slieve Russell Hotel on Wednesday last week for the start of their 2015 Conference.

Following registration on Wednesday Consort members had four presentations from Jet2holidays, American Airlines, Etihad and Belleair Holidays in the Erne Suite. This was followed by a Drinks Reception sponsored by Holiday Extras and a Welcome Dinner in the Summit Restaurant with wines sponsored by WTC.

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New Names Sign Up for New Look Holiday World

As Northern Ireland starts to shiver with the onset of Winter, the local Travel Trade is already looking to blue skies, azure oceans and sunshine... and kicking off the 2016 season over the weekend of January 15-17 will be the annual Belfast Telegraph Holiday World Belfast show.

Among the hot new names lined up for the annual travel extravaganza are Algarve Tourism Bureau, ASL Airlines France, Balkan Holidays, Botswana Tourism, Eze Europe, Jamaica Tourist Board, Tourism Thailand, Gran Canaria & Fuerteventura Tourist Board, Keller Travel, Orlando Attractions, Bike 'N Ride Holidays, Play Florida Golf and Travel Trade Tickets & Tours.

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Emirates Steps Up Activity in Province

Emirates, the world's leading airline in terms of distances flown by its fleet, is targeting Northern Ireland travellers as it bids to maintain the success of its twice daily services to Dubai from Dublin.

Last Thursday the airline held the first of two lunches in Belfast's Shu restaurant - for local media - while this Thursday Emirates will be hosting members of the local Travel Trade.

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Advantage Partnership Hosts All-Day Training

For the third year in a row, the Advantage Travel Partnership held a training workshop for agents in Belfast - the venue yesterday was Ten Square in central Belfast.

The workshops was split into two parts, with the morning sessions concentrating on the key principles of selling, including the importance of customer engagement, understanding motivation and recognising the difference between offering a genuine service and hard-selling.

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Poor Turnout at Destination Caribbean Roadshow

Future Caribbean roadshows in Northern Ireland could be in jeopardy following a poor turnout of local travel agents at last night's event in Belfast's Wellington Park Hotel.

Making the attendance even more disappointing is the fact that roadshow is now going on to fully booked events in Dublin and Cork this week.

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Luxury Cruise Line Holds Training for Agents

Silversea Cruises held an agent training event yesterday in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

Agents were treated to lunch and a walk through of the latest products and innovations from the cruise company. Specialist training was also given on Silversea's newest ship, Silver Muse, which begins sailing in April 2017.

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Glasgow in National Geographic Best in World List

Glasgow's reputation as an outstanding destination for discerning global travellers looks set to grow as the city has been named by the authoritative and inspirational National Geographic Traveler as one of its 20 'Best of the World' destinations for 2016.

The renowned global travel magazine has selected Glasgow for its highly-anticipated fifth annual 'Best of the World' list of unmissable global destinations to visit.

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From the Classroom to the Slopes!

Topflight held their 2017 Topflight For Schools launch last Thursday evening in the stunning setting of The Andrews Gallery, Titanic.

A crowd of over 150 education professionals were in attendance to find out more from ski suppliers in Italy, Austria, Spain, Andorra, Norway and the USA.

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VIP Shopping Nights at International

Belfast International Airport are hosting a number of VIP shopping nights in conjunction with their commercial partners on Wednesday November 25 and on Wednesday November 2 and December 9 from 8.30pm until midnight. The event is open to all members of the Trade and their guests.

"We will be issuing passes to guests for each event on a first come first served basis and the passes are now available," said an Airport spokesperson. "We have requested an RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating the number of passes required for each event by Friday November 20, 2015 or you can contact 028 94484035 to arrange.

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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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