• €6m Investment for Irish Rail

    The Government has announced a €6 million investment programme for Irish Rail. The funding will go to line speed improvements, further rollout of wi-fi on the train service and fuel saving technology to reduce costs. The funding is coming from reallocated capital within the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and is...

  • Avis On Location Corporate Car Rental Programme

    Avis Rent A Car has introduced ‘Avis On Location’ to provide corporate clients with on-site vehicle rentals in the USA and Canada. Based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and pilot tests conducted with several major corporate customers, Avis On Location enables the company to rent vehicles and accept returns on corporate...

  • Virgin Atlantic Increases Flights to Caribbean

    In its winter schedule, Virgin Atlantic will be offering additional flights to Barbados, Cuba, Grenada and Tobago – and will also offer 14% more Premium Economy seats.  

  • Air France KLM Orders 110 A350 and B787 Aircraft

    The Air France KLM Board of Directors has approved the Group’s order of 110 long-haul aircraft (50 firm orders and 60 options), still subject to the finalisation of discussions with the manufacturers. Finalised contracts are expected before the end of the year. This first joint long-haul order by Air France and KLM...

  • Ryanair Online Guide to Avoiding Optional Fees

    Ryanair has published a free online guide entitled ‘How Do I Avoid Paying Optional Fees?’. The guide urges passengers to avoid bringing checked-in bags, ensure they check-in online to avoid boarding card reissue penalties, and complete their booking with MasterCard Prepaid to avoid administration fees. The guide, which is available with a click through...

  • New CityJet Pan-European Marketing Campaign

    On Monday 19th September 2011, CityJet will launch a new £1 million pan-European multi-platform brand-building above-the-line marketing campaign that includes outdoor, print, broadcast and online creative executions. The five-week campaign will focus primarily on the London region but will also run across Ireland (Dublin), Scotland (Edinburgh and Dundee) and the Benelux countries....

  • Lovely, Lively Amadeus Golf Day in Adare

    The 7th Amadeus Ireland Golf Day, held at Adare Manor in Co Limerick on Wednesday, was a great day for the 65 guests who attended – the occasion is best described as “very lively”. As always, the Amadeus sales team of Volker Lorenz, Trish O’Leary and Olwen McKinney were on hand to...

  • Travelsavers Lunch and Learn in Dublin

    At a Lunch and Learn function today in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin, Travelsavers Ireland launched its ‘Cruise into Savings’ promotion for October in conjunction with the consortium’s preferred cruise suppliers: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America, Silversea and Norwegian. Mary King, Marketing Manager, told the agents attending:...

  • Hertz and TomTom Partner to Ensure Drivers are NeverLost

    Hertz has partnered with TomTom to offer vehicle rental customers across Europe the latest edition of the Hertz NeverLost satnav system. NeverLost 4 is based on the TomTom Via 120 EU with its unique dynamic routing, providing customers the fastest route to their destination based on the latest traffic situation. The navigation devices...

  • EasyJet increases Belfast – Amsterdam Flights

    EasyJet has expanded its daily service from Belfast International Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. There are now two flights on Monday and Friday, and a second flight will operate on Sunday from 6th November, bringing the weekly total on the route to 10.

  • Lufthansa to Fly Knock – Düsseldorf Next Summer

    Starting 7th May 2012, Lufthansa will operate a weekly direct service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Düsseldorf every Saturday until 29th September. Connecting services to Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich will also be available. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, said: “I would like to congratulate the team...

  • Two New Passes from Aerolíneas Argentinas

    This Friday (16th September) Aerolíneas Argentinas will be introducing the new Visit Argentina Air Pass and a new South America Air Pass. With Visit Argentina you can purchase between three and 12 flights in advance and have three months to complete your trip. The same applies to the South America Air Pass...

  • Belfast City to Gloucester with Manx2.com

    Manx2.com has introduced a five times weekly flight from George Best Belfast City Airport via the Isle of Man to Gloucestershire Airport. Seats are priced from £69.95 single including all taxes and charges. Travellers booking via the website during September 2011 will get a free ‘Manx Gold’ upgrade. Gold Service includes complimentary...

  • Gerry Duffy Inspires Travel Centres Dublin Conference

    Today’s Dublin conference of Travel Centres owners and managers, held in the Clarion Hotel, IFSC, was well attended with 45 delegates being inspired by marathon runner Gerry Duffy’s motivational presentation and queuing up to buy signed copies of his latest book, ‘Who Dares, Runs’. Other speakers at the event, which was sponsored...

  • Emirates Holiday Packages with Irish Tour Operator?

    In an exclusive interview with Irish Travel Trade News, Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ Vice President – UK & Ireland, revealed that, within two hours of going on sale, seats were booked on the first 10 flights of its new Dublin – Dubai service, which starts on 9th January 2012. Emirates may also link...

  • Promoting Spain through Co-operative Product Groups

    In his very first interview since coming to Dublin to take over as Director of the Spanish Tourism Office, Gonzalo Ceballos Watling outlined to ITTN’s News and Features Editor, Neil Steedman, how Spain is striving to help tour operators and individual travel agents to package and sell unique Spanish experiences ‘beyond’ the...