• European Cruise Market “This Decade’s El Dorado”

    In 2010, the European cruise industry generated a record €35.2 billion in economic activity – 5.5 million Europeans booked cruises, 10% up on 2009, and Europe now accounts for 30% of all cruise travellers worldwide. Earlier this year, at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, fast-growing Europe was cited by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio,...

  • Three Airlines Open Sales Office, Host Lunch

    Air France / KLM / Delta Air Lines have officially opened their new sales offices in Dun Laoghaire and recently hosted a lunch in Chapter One in Dublin for key trade partners. The new offices at Block 1, West Pier Business Campus, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, were opened by Henri Hourcade, Air...

  • 34,500+ Irish Visitors to Dubai

    Dubai Tourism joined up with Virgin Atlantic, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Atlantis – The Palm in Dublin last week for an informative presentation followed by dinner. Ingrid Aagesen, Senior Manager, Dubai Representative Office in UK & Ireland, told Irish Travel e-News that Dubai had attracted 34,521 Irish visitors in 2010. She...

  • New Cork Routes and Aircraft for Aer Lingus

    Aer Lingus has announced new routes from Cork Airport as part of its winter flight schedule. Irish Travel e-News also understands that the airline is to acquire three Airbus A319s from Iberia. The aircraft will be re-configured to hold 144 passengers and will be used on leaner European routes from March 2012....

  • Emirates Airlines Increase Revenue

    An increase of four million passengers in a single year saw profits at Emirates Airlines increase by $1.5 billion, the latest figures from the carrier reveal. Revenues reached $14.8 billion an increase 25 per cent when compared to the previous year.

  • Brian Nevin Leaves Thomas Cook

    Sales and Marketing Manager Brian Nevin of Thomas Cook has announced his resignation with immediate effect. Brian is moving on to pursue new business interests.

  • Thomas Cook Gets Travel Agency License

    The CAR yesterday issued a new travel agency license to Thomas Cook Retail under the Flexitrips brand.

  • New Code-share Arrangements for Iberia and BA

    Under the merger of Iberia and BA, new code-share arrangements have come into effect with Iberia now offering flights to Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Doha, Bahrain, Muscat and Cape Town. Iberia’s Johannesburg route has been increased to at least one flight every day. BA has added its code to Iberia flights to San...

  • Richard Branson Confirms Virgin Atlantic Seeks Merger Partner

    Richard Branson has confirmed that Virgin Atlantic is seeking a merger partner, ending months of speculation. Deutsche Bank were appointed earlier this year by Branson to assess options for the 51 per cent stake his Virgin Group holds in the airline.

  • Million Dollar Memo Australia

    One company could win an all-expenses paid trip to Queensland as part of the Australian state’s latest high-profile competition. The “Million Dollar Memo” is a follow-up to the “Best Job in the World” campaign 2007. The winning company will receive a holiday to Queensland worth up to AUD1 million and is open...

  • Airbus Faces Manslaughter Charges

    Airbus faces manslaughter charges over the 228 passengers and crew killed when Air France Flight 447 went down off the coast of Brazil in 2009. Preliminary charges have been laid by a judge in France to begin a formal investigation into the European aerospace giant.

  • International Tourism Recovers Strongly in 2010

    Good news. International tourism recovered strongly in 2010 . Consumer demand for leisure travel improved with the worldwide number of outbound trips up 7% on to 711 million after a 4% drop in 2009, according to preliminary results from IPK International’s World Travel Monitor presented at the ITB Berlin Future Day on...

  • Major Earthquake Strikes Japan Triggering Tsunami

    A major earthquake measuring 8.9 has struck the north east of Japan triggering a massive tsunami. There is a tsunami warning across the whole Pacific with Hawaii in iminent danger in the next few hours. The west coast of the US, South America, Australia, China and Russia are all on alert. 4...

  • IATA Issues Gloomy Forecast for Global Aviation

    IATA issued a gloomy forecast for global aviation saying total airline profits would be significantly less than originally forecast. As late as December IATA – representing some 230 airlines – was arguing carriers around the world would make $9.1 billion in profits but have scaled this back to $8.6.

  • Ken McTague Visits Christchurch

    Ken McTague, Operations Manager of ATS Pacific visited Christchurch to assess the situation. He advises that damage is widespread in all suburbs East and North of the CBD. The airport area and south were relatively unaffected. The CBD has extensive liquifaction and structural damage to most buildings. Extensive Demolition work is taking...