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Reassurance on Summer Holidays After Brexit Vote

Don't panic... there will be no major changes to your main summer holiday this summer - or for that matter next year!

The drop in the value of sterling will mean spending money will not go just as far in the Euro zone as it would have a week ago - before the Brexit vote - but other main concerns such as the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and consumer rights to compensation for delayed flights and other protection measures will continue as before.

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Countries That Are Still Better Value Than Three Years Ago

While many countries in Europe and America have become more expensive since the Brexit vote last week, there are still plenty of destinations that offer better value for money when it comes to exchange rates than they did three years ago.

Russia and Zambia for example are both over 70 per cent better value with South Africa and Brazil both offering 35 per cent more for the pound. For any UK travellers looking for short-haul flights, Norway and Sweden also offer good value for money when it comes to exchange rates, with the countries offering 22 per cent and 11 per cent better value than they did three years ago respectively.

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Airlines Allow Changes/Refunds on Bookings to Istanbul

Following the terrorist attack at Istanbul Ataturk airport, Turkish Airlines is allowing passengers with bookings for flights departing from, arriving at, or connecting in Istanbul Ataturk between June 28 and July 5 to rebook, reroute or get a refund, provided they submit their requests by July 31. The rule change also applies to Istanbul's other main airport, Sabiha Gokcen.

Turkish Airlines operate a twice daily service from Dublin to Istanbul Ataturk and provides onward connections to more than 200 worldwide destinations.

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Ferry Company's Open Golf Winner

Stena Line has scored a hole in one with its latest offer for golf fans to travel to Royal Troon in Scotland to watch the world's greatest golfers compete for the famous Claret Jug at The Open Championship.

Golf enthusiasts will witness the legendary expertise of sporting heroes such as Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Dustin Johnston, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and many more.

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New Aer Lingus Bag Drop Service Introduced

Aer Lingus has revolutionised its check-in experience at Dublin Airport with the launch of a new Express Bag Drop service, designed to make travel as seamless as possible.

Ideally timed to coincide with the busy summer months the new check-in facility is set to dramatically reduce the time it takes to check-in at the airport and to make lengthy queues a thing of the past.

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Cruise Line Offers Free Spending Money

Princess Cruises is offering holidaymakers up to 300 Dollar onboard spending money per couple, plus free stateroom gratuities for a limited time only.

The offer will run from tomorrow July 1 to July 12, 2016. Guests can also book the cruise with a low deposit of £50 per person.

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Duty Free Could be on the Way Back

Travellers between the Republic and the UK could see the return of duty free shopping following the Brexit vote.

The EU ended the sale of tax-free alcohol, tobacco and perfume for those travelling between its member states in 1998.

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First Scheduled Service from Dublin to Cyprus

Cyprus-based airline Cobalt has today launched a new twice-weekly direct scheduled service from Dublin Airport to Larnaca.

The new route will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 9 until September 3.

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New Irish Village in Dubai Theme Park

Dubai Duty Free, one of the world's largest retailers, is spending 15 million Euro on a second Irish-themed leisure district in Dubai.

The new 20,440 square metre Irish Village will be part of Dubai Parks, a new theme park which is set to open in October and that features a kilometre-long waterfront.

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